The Petty Officer
Just beyond the bustle of Bridport Street in Albert Park, and only a couple of blocks from the beach, is The Petty Officer. Housed in a beautiful north-facing, light-filled space, The Petty Officer is one of the suburb’s first new-wave cafes offering specialty coffee and a tasty breakfast and lunch menu to boot.
Espresso coffee is the main game, but there are filter options too. A breakfast menu is available all day. Think corn and zucchini fritters with a bloody Mary salsa; buttermilk pancakes with baked apple ice cream, smoked maple syrup and cheddar; an avocado smash; and classic baked eggs. For lunch, soft baguettes can be filled with pulled pork, beef short ribs or lamb shoulder. There’s also a Wagyu beef burger, semolina-dusted calamari, a grain salad and house-crumbed chicken schnitzel.
Head chef Dan Woollard (of Il Solito Posto and more recently Calamari Inc.) makes everything bar the bread onsite. And as soon as the liquor license comes through, there will be a couple of reds and whites to choose from as well as a local beer or two and cider from Kelly Brothers.
The Petty Officer, which takes its name from a navy rank, reinvigorates what is a rather sleepy corner of Albert Park. It's a no-brainer for a summer brunch spot.