Once a fish-and-chip shop, this Brunswick Street space is now Aphro & Wolfe. It’s a cosy cafe that prides itself on toasties and coffee. It’s going for the warm, lo-fi feel of Melbourne cafes past; with rich plywood and vintage furniture and fittings. “I want people to feel like they are eating a meal at home,” owner Aphrodite Nicolandos says.
The toasties are big. There’s a Latina (six-hour slow-cooked pulled pork); a three-cheese; and a spanakopita-esque Greek-style version, and all have been flying off the sandwich press. The best, though, might be Aphro’s twist on an old classic.
“My favourite is probably the Reuben,” says head chef Raphael Exton-Pery. “You’ve got to do a good Reuben if you run a sandwich shop.”