The Kettle Black




It doesn't feel quite right to call The Kettle Black a cafe. Sure, it still serves the classics, but it aims for something more considered and refined than anything we've previously experienced before lunch. With ingredients such as house-fermented yoghurt, King Island crayfish and Flinders Island wallaby, it seems more like a breakfast restaurant than anything else. We'd expect nothing less from the team behind Top Paddock and Higher Ground.

Despite the food's high aspirations, the vibe remains relaxed. It's an idea reinforced by the old-timey panorama of St Andrews at the entrance, as well as the venue's birch-wood stools, clusters of pot plants and a handsome marble bar. Green-accented chairs and tiles complete the seamless design by Studio You Me.

For espresso, there's a custom blend from 5 Senses, or a rotating single-origin. Filter is taken care of by specialists such as Small Batch and Market Lane. On good days, a coffee cart sits out the front, to stop takeaways flooding in and out.