Noughts and Crosses
Noughts and Crosses has been bringing great coffee and food to Flemington since late 2016. Owner Luke Armstrong has spent more than half of his life in hospitality, at cafes such as Slater Street Bench, Auction Rooms and Kaffeine in London. After helping friends open cafes as far afield as Berlin, Armstrong returned to Melbourne to open one himself.
The classic, unassuming shopfront sits across the road from Newmarket Station. Inside, Armstrong designed a modern space with a Scandinavian sensibility. It’s a local favourite, with plenty of customers greeted by name.
Considering his pedigree, it’s no surprise that coffee’s a priority for Armstrong. The team uses Small Batch coffee and Victoria Arduino Black Eagle espresso machine. A shelf by the entrance stocks a small selection of beans and accessories to take home. Otherwise, choose from sodas, juices and the housemade kombucha.
The healthy menu shies away from trend chasing. Both breakfast and lunch are served up all day, so you can eat according to whatever you’re craving.
A breakfast highlight is the Parsi Scrambled Eggs; folded eggs with housemade garam masala, ginger, chilli, coriander and cherry tomatoes. For lunch there’s a Reuben sandwich, slow-cooked lamb and a sushi bowl.
Since early 2018, Noughts and Crosses has been open for dinner and drinks on Wednesdays through Fridays. For that dinner service, the focus is turned to wine, and the sort of food that goes with it – cheeses, fruits and slow-cooked meats.