Cosy Vic Park institution Harvest Espresso is known for two things. Its non-standard-issue – and sometimes challenging – breakfast menu, and being a hard place to get a table. Husband-and-wife team Roland and Catherine Tan have no such problem in their sizeable second cafe, Plumm by Harvest, located in Kensington’s CSIRO building.
“CSIRO approached six or seven cafes in Vic Park, long story short, we won the tender,” says Roland. “We proposed the food and the concept, and it all turned out well. It’s mainly focussed on the offices although the public are welcome to come and dine here. It’s certainly a bigger space than what we’re used to.”
Plumm’s breakfast menu is a little more eggs-on-toast traditional than Harvest regulars might expect, although the brioche crab melt makes an appearance. Lunch items include sandwiches and salads with sushi to join the menu soon. Baked goods, largely made in-house, are also available.
“I’m not pushing the boundary as much as at Harvest, that is still our flagship,” says Roland. “Here it’s more grab and go, and we’re going to do functions and catering. Eventually we’ll do some special dishes here as well.”
As at Harvest, coffee is supplied by Vittoria.
“In the past we’ve tried many different boutique roasters but find them very inconsistent,” says Roland. “Sometimes we get a batch that’s burnt and roasted a bit too far. Vittoria is always the same and their support has been amazing.”
Harvest diners will be pleased to hear that expansion of the original venue is on the cards.
“We’ll continue to push Harvest until we relocate to newer premises,” says Roland. “I’ve got great vision for Harvest in the future, it’s looking tired after five-and-a-half years. I think it’s time to move on, and we are looking to do dinner one day.”
Plumm by Harvest
CSIRO, 26 Dick Perry Avenue, Kensington
Mon to Fri 8am–3pm