Pillar of Salt is a biblical story about a woman turned her back to watch her city burn and was immediately turned into a salt statue for disobeying God’s word. I guess the moral of the story is ‘don’t look back’. Named after this narrative, the boys from this new cafe in Richmond certainly have no reason to.

Pillar of Salt is Kael Sahely and his brother Matt’s first cafe venture. The hospitality gene runs strongly through their family and it shows. In their first week of business Pillar of Salt has already found a sense of familiarity; a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that makes you want to be a regular.

Together with chef Steve Svensen (Spoonful) the boys have developed a refreshingly innovative breakfast and lunch menu with a focus on fast, healthy food. Our pick is the Am salad- baby spinach, confit cherry tomatoes, crisp prosciutto, parmesan, poached egg, balsamic dressing and wholegrain bread. Perfect for breakfast or lunch. If you’re in a rush there is an impressive array of freshly made baguettes and sandwiches just crying out to be eaten. The coffee is Five Senses.

The fit out rotated loosely around a very stubborn pillar that for structural reasons could not be moved. They covered it in white tiles and there it stands- an appropriate gesture to their name. Other details include a recycled Canadian plywood communal table and colander light fittings and a retractable roof and outdoor heaters in the courtyard, which make it ideal for Melbourne’s temperamental weather.

Located next to the Royal Saxon on Church Street, this Pillar of Salt is sure to become a local favourite.

Pillar of Salt
541 Church Street, Richmond
(03) 9421-1550

Mon-Fri 7.30am-4.30pm
Sat 8am-5pm
Sun (to open in a few weeks)