If there was one suburb still itching for a classic Melbourne eatery, it was diminutive Ripponlea, with its hotchpotch of boutique stores, kosher delis, an artisan baker, stained glass windowed chemist and three-hat restaurant, Attica.

Former waiter at The Pound, Jonathan Dvash has scratched that itch, having just opened the cafe locals have been hankering for.

Spout is big, bright and busy, with an open kitchen, inside and outdoor seating and a communal bar filled with newspapers and people waiting on takeaway coffees. The pared-back space has a rustic feel, with exposed brickwork and minimalist furnishings.

The menu, designed by co-owner and chef Ferris ‘Zul’ Khamsani puts a gentle Middle Eastern twist on old favourites, with dishes like shakshouka (Israeli eggs poached in tomato), homemade beans and sumac eggs featuring on the modest menu.

The beans are Allpress, resulting in very good coffee as well as chai and baby-chinos for their smaller customers.

With the locals taking to Spout like a dear old friend, it’s hard to believe it has only been a couple of weeks.

Spout
48 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea
(03) 9523 8155

Hours
Mon to Fri 7am–5pm
Sat & Sun 8am–5pm