The Premises is a superb cafe in the heart of classy Kensington. The precinct is fabulous and The Premises is a standout in terms of service, coffee and cuisine.
With so many great coffee places in Melbourne, cafes with a great ambience have that something extra. The Premises lives up to its name as a great premises, an iconic building of classic architecture with combination of grungy concrete floor and tiles, cool lamps, large windows with natural light (dare I say streaming in), and quirky retro pieces around the room. The cafe is actually split level and both sections are attractive.
The room with an outlook on to Bellair is appealing with a cool communal table with retro green chairs and large floral arrangement, with large modern art on the wall and large menu board. Also attractive is the timber work and exposed brick by the counter.
Coffee here is superb with several baristas ex St Ali and the owners previously part of the St Ali team. While there are not official links to St Ali one of the baristas at St Ali told me to check this place out. The coffee collective is a friendly bunch.
Most of the coffee here is from Seven Seeds including the house blend. My strong latte made with a La Marzacco was superb and full of flavour. I treasured each sip. Of course the baristas are highly knowledgable about coffee and great to chat with.
Other coffee featured was Small Batch and Proud Mary.
You can grab single origin coffee (Honduras when I visited) and Filter/V60 action.
I also ordered a massive warm feta and spinach muffin at The Premises which was so good. It was like a meal in fact.
I intend to return for a large meal in the future. The couple sitting across from me at the communal table were eating the celebrated Hot Salt Beef Roll with Swiss cheese and pickled red cabbage. I need me one of these. Also celebrated are the Pancakes, Panfried Sardine Fillets, French Toasted Brioche with spiced poached pears, Pulled Pork sandwich and the BBQ Breakfast Roll.
For lunch try the House Cured Ocean Trout or the Harissa Lamb Salad.
All the staff here were engaging and friendly and attentive.
With the sun out in Melbourne there is a superb ambience here and I shall look forward to returning.