Seven Grounds is always buzzing with activity and the clamour of diners. The centre of the room is home to an espresso bar with a gleaming Synesso machine. The open kitchen and bar fill most of the space, with all the seating situated along the walls and outside (and soon on the mezzanine). The sprawling space can seat 70 people.
For coffee, Seven Grounds uses roasts from huge Melbourne player St Ali. The St Ali blends are available as espresso, cold and batch brew, filter and V60. Hardcore coffee-lovers can try the “barista breakfast” ($10), which includes a shot of espresso, a flat white and a filter coffee. There’s also a sweet, nutty taro latte and a coconut iced coffee.
Pastries come from Market St and The Pastry Templar in nearby Plant 4). The full Asian-inspired brunch menu includes Hong Kong-style egg waffles, bacon-and-egg breakfast dumplings in a smoked-ginger broth; wok-tossed sausage with shimeji mushrooms and a fried egg (served on garlic sourdough); and a chicken-katsu sando (after 11.30am).