For those unfamiliar, STREAT is an organisation that provides hospitality training and support to homeless youth and is serving up some flavoursome food in the process.
The all-day brunching menu at STREAT Flemington has been put together by STREAT’s executive chef and general manager of food services, Rob Auger, and reflects his interest in a variety of world cuisines and Melbourne’s fresh, seasonal produce. As such, the menu includes items as diverse as a soft-shelled crab Po boy sandwich, chipotle-spiced beans with chimichurri and coriander pork belly, and a soy-infused tofu scramble served with shiitake mushrooms and crispy shallots on sourdough bread.
The coffee comes from STREAT’s own onsite roaster and there’s organic soft drinks and tea aplenty. Particularly warming is the yuzu tea, a citrus infusion that will ward off any winter sniffles in no time. Those with demanding sweet tooths can sate their sugar cravings with a whole cabinet devoted to cakes, biscuits and slices.
The service may not be as polished as what you’re used to elsewhere about town, but remember that most of the staff are beneficiaries of STREAT’s training and mentoring programs and are still learning about the industry firsthand.
STREAT now also has permanent locations in McKillop Street in the CBD and on the ground floor of Melbourne Central, near the train station escalators.