Over the past 10 years, Fitzroy’s Rose Street Artists’ Market has become synonymous with Melbourne’s northside creative scene. To mark the occasion, brothers and market owners Adam and Christian Ferrante have opened a bright new cafe, Young Bloods Diner, on the same block.
Head chef Sascha Randle – most recently head sous chef at The Builders Arms – has created a menu that plays on classic dishes with a refined twist. Their signature breakfast dish takes the form of old-school coddled eggs served with a variety of unusual, optional sides, including Ortiz anchovy and parmesan or confit duck and beans. And as is the way of Melbourne’s new wave of cafes, these guys are keeping it local.
“With our produce and everything we do, we’re aiming to utilise local suppliers,” says Ferrante. “Through our contacts with Parks Victoria, we have access to local greens and produce that you perhaps wouldn’t usually be able to see.”
Designed by March Studio, the fit-out is impressive to say the least, with the cafe being split into three zones – the main dining room, courtyard and the rooftop – mixing clean lines and yellow subway tiles with more rustic edges such as exposed steel beams and aluminium.
Employing in-house coffee roasters, Young Bloods will be using their own house blend and single origin varieties in an effort to satisfy the serious sippers.
Ferrante is particularly enthusiastic about the 50-seater indoor-outdoor rooftop area, which offers a lot more casual space than the main dining room and utilises views over the market and Fitzroy.