Kings and Knaves
It shares a wall with the Victorian State Sheriff; it’s 29-square metres; it’s a New York-style espresso bar; it’s dedicated entirely to toast. Kings and Knaves – named for the characters that roam Melbourne’s legal precinct – is full of surprises.
In contrast to its corporate surrounds, the space is laid-back and the mood unhurried. Pot-plants hang above wood panelling in a variety of finishes. Cartons of Allpress Espresso and Mörk hot chocolate are displayed around the cafe alongside rows of Rooftop Honey and 99th Monkey Peanut Butter.
Bread comes from Noisette and there’s an ever-changing line-up of toasts.
Bestsellers include the smoked salmon and crème fraiche with fried capers, and a grilled mushroom option with balsamic onion and taleggio cheese. For something sweet, try the French toast topped with banana, cocoa butter, maple syrup and marshmallow. You can also just get old faithful Vegemite on toast.
If you feel like a sandwich, an additional $2 will get your toast a lid. There’s a small section on the menu dedicated to “Not Toast”, which includes a selection of croissants, granola and All-Day Donuts on Fridays.