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HOT: Coffee Darling, 2 Darling Street, South Yarra

DSC09294v1 HOT: Coffee Darling, 2 Darling Street, South Yarra

Coffee Darling is the perfect cafe for its location. Firstly, it serves coffee (and other nice things) in a sparkling little spot on Darling Street, South Yarra. Secondly, South Yarra is the kind of suburb where two-syllable words like ‘darling’ get drawled out into four syllables ‘daaaarrrling’, usually accompanied by a couple of mwah mwah air kisses.

Pretensions aside, Coffee Darling is a seriously good place for lunch, as you’d expect from the team behind Cafe Racer in St Kilda and Federal Coffee Palace in the GPO (both since sold).

While others have raved about Coffee Darling’s breakfasts, at lunchtime the waist-high glass counter presents a wholesome selection of sandwiches with bread sourced from Baker D Chirico and Philippa’s, with fillings ranging from salami, roasted vegetables, smoked salmon and tuna.

I was feeling particularly hot after my cycle ride, so I accompanied my crusty seeded baguette of caponata and rocket with a grapefruit granita. It was a simple, yet perfect, lunch dish, especially eaten facing the gentle breeze from the open street-front doors.

DSC09299v1 HOT: Coffee Darling, 2 Darling Street, South Yarra

On my way to pay I was lured back to the glass counter by the domes of sweet things. After much deliberation, I decided against dessert – so the waitress gave me a little friand on the house to take with me anyway. Anyone who presents me with baked goods wins in my book!

DSC09306v1 HOT: Coffee Darling, 2 Darling Street, South Yarra

For another excellent cafe in South Yarra try Outpost or head to Ganache Chocolate Lounge for a chocolate hit.

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4 comments for “HOT: Coffee Darling, 2 Darling Street, South Yarra”

  1. You made it South!! I quite like Darling, but I agree with you on the pretentiousness + now I have to try that grapefruit granita :)
    .-= Kish´s last blog ..Third Drawer Down = True Love. =-.

    Posted by Kish
    Twitter: misskish
    | April 19, 2010, 10:01 am
  2. That granita looks brilliant. Congrats on getting to no 1 blog on urbanspoon as well – amazing Miss Joyce!
    .-= Gourmet Chick´s last blog ..Sakura =-.

    Posted by Gourmet Chick
    Twitter: carawaters
    | April 19, 2010, 6:53 pm
    • Hi Gourmet Chick

      I’m not normally one for granita, but this was perfect after a summery cycle ride. And yes, somehow I’ve ended at Number 1 – in the words of Sally Fields ‘You like me, you really like me!’.

      Jetsetting Joyce

      Posted by Jetsetting Joyce | April 19, 2010, 10:18 pm
  3. A cafe that serves good breakfast and great coffee definitely deserves a spot on my top 10 cafe list. Can’t wait to get my hands on “Full Eggs” – impeccable soft poached eggs on top of a melty combination of cheese, ham and fresh sliced tomatoes, accompanied by a smooth, rich cup of well-made Genovese coffee. My next visit shall come soon!

    Posted by Mathieu | April 4, 2011, 7:16 pm

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