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 past dishes that have included ingredients such as house-fermented yoghurt, King Island crayfish and Flinders Island wallaby, it seems more like a breakfast restaurant than anything else (similar to its siblings 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 Darling Blend, or a rotating single-origin. On good days, a coffee cart sits out the front, to stop takeaways flooding in and out.