Alby & Esthers
Alby & Esthers is named after the grandparents of original owner Lara Brett. New owner Leigh Sargent kept the name in place to pay tribute to food’s power to connect people and foster community.
The venue’s vine-lined courtyard is hidden in an alley off Market Street, giving it a secluded feel. During warmer months it’s illuminated with fairy lights and transformed into a wine bar by night. The evening menu includes tapas, charcuterie and cheese boards, and a host of local wines.
In winter, the courtyard is kept toasty by heaters. Or you can head for the bigger indoor seating area, where a collection of artwork rotates every quarter.
The menu draws extensively on locally sourced ingredients and changes often. Try the famous jaffle with a tangy tomato relish, or go for the more refined Esther’s Breakfast. It uses aioli and roast potatoes to give traditional eggs Benedict a modern twist. There are several vegetarian and gluten-free options, too.
The cakes and muffins are made in-house; and a blend from local outfit Yarrabin Rd Roasters gives Alby & Esthers a solid crack at the title of best coffee in town.