The Food Dude does lunch at Inkr7, Inkerman Street……

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I’m a return offender to this wonderful little cafe, still riding a local wave of good will that it has enjoyed for the last 8 years on Inkerman St.

New Proprietor, Chrissy Hewitt, who has a considerable background in the hospitality industry, brings to the already highly successful Inkr7 concept her own warm, chummy brand that translates to the staff creating an unpretentious vibe throughout. Her insistence on maintaining fresh, healthy, consistent quality food at value prices also carries her signature!

Featuring modern Australian cuisine, there is a theme throughout this modestly priced menu that draws you back to experiment with the many delicious, diverse choices that local identity and renowned chef Paul Davies has introduced. He produces his mains economically and most of them hover around the $15 mark! Paul has been creating his own style of culinary magic in the kitchen since Inkr7 commenced and he endeavors to meet and greet as many patrons as time allows.

I confess I am a religious Breakfast devotee here at Inkr7, regularly dropping in for my morning caffeine fix, a glance at the daily papers, and taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi, often devouring my favorite ‘Eggs the Lot,’  but today I come poised to lunch!

I love a hearty soup on a cold wet day, which today was shaping up to be just that in St Kilda. I was presented with a choice of 2 soups: Pumpkin or Thick Vegetable and Barley, at an unbeatable price of $10. I couldn’t resist the latter and it was more than marvelous, all you would want in a winter style soup; large wholesome vegetable pieces in a mouth watering thick barley broth, just like ‘grandma would make over the wood fire in the country’ style. Problem being, after that larger than expected soup I am full to the brim. The Vegetable and Barley bowl was virtually a meal on its own. The soup choice changes every couple of days and Paul’s soups are very popular as takeaway orders at lunch too.

The Mains menu is a combination of fresh Pides, Wraps (all $12 or under), an awesome Steak Sandwich, and delectable Salad preparations. One of chef Paul’s signature dishes is the Asian Chicken Salad, comprised of tender breast chicken, delicious Asian Coleslaw, red peppers, onions, cucumber, and splashed with an extraordinary Thai dressing. All these dishes are craved for as take away by the local businesses. The Antipasto Platter for two is divine.

 

So, full as I was, I chose a light dish; the Chicken Pide at a reasonable $10. This more than filled what little space I had left and it was a welcome contrast to the soup. A freshly baked Pide from Noisette Bakery in Port Melbourne, crammed with that same tender breast chicken fillet, topped with an interesting mixture of sour cream, mayonnaise, chives and Swiss cheese. Appropriately accompanied on the plate by a light Rocket Salad. I could have chosen from HCT (ham, cheese, tomato), Vegie, or Chorizo Pides, if I had been adventurous.

The drink selection is comprehensive, including freshly squeezed Orange Juice at $4.50, power Juices at $5.50, Smoothies and Shakes between $5 and $7, but I settled for a fascinating pink grapefruit flavoured Tiro. Fully licensed, there is an appropriate choice of Red and White wines including another of my favorites; 2011 Kiwi Estate Pinot Gris from Hawkes Bay New Zealand, coming in at $7.50 a glass. Just a mention here about the relaxed, leafy courtyard that is available for special functions and is an ideal alternative spot for some lazy weekend summer wining and dining. Watch out for the night trading commencing this month too, where the courtyard is expected to be a popular dining spot.

So The Food Dude has this to say about Inkr7 Cafe… “Titillating, yummy, casual modern Australian dishes, all at a very acceptable price in a warm, friendly environment, beckoning your return!”

 

Inkr7 Cafe
7 Inkerman St, St Kilda
Phone: (03)59346011 – for Breakfast & Lunch reservations.
Open 7 Days – Monday to Sunday, Serving Breakfast and Lunch from 7 am to 5pm

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