Where: 13 Stawell Street West Melbourne
When: Tues-Fri: 7am-3pm, Sat: 8am-3pm, Sun: 9am-3pm
Vego and Vegan :)
A renovated tin shed sticks sheepishly next to the Railway Hotel in West Melbourne, but look closer and you’ll find a delightfully cosy cubby house of a café. Roller Door ticks all the “cool” boxes; hidden location, roughed up exterior, small scale, graffiti-art, but fortunately it delivers on so many more levels. The staff are absolutely lovely, something that goes along way when everyone is sharing an intimate space. And the renovation is done beautifully; resembling a wonder-world of segmented, miniature spaces which peer in on each other through wood-framed windows. Loving furnishings are the icing on the cake with 50’s kitchen chairs in mixed colours and a small library of books and board-games.
The menu is not as minimal as you might think with such a small outfit, but rather quite a generous selection of brunchables and lunchables and all sorts of delicious drinkables. The very delicate Biodynamic Apple and Pear Juice ($4); is highly recommended. On this visit we ate one “Smashed avocado on sourdough toast with mixed herbs, marinated goat fetta, chilli oil and a poached egg” ($12) and a ciabatta roll with “…honey, mustard and golden syrup glazed leg ham, creamy slaw & radicchio” ($10). I’m happy to say, you get a lot more quality than you pay for at Roller Door; all the ingredients were top-notch. The smashed avocado was deliciously dressed, plentiful and came with extra-thick toast and a perfectly poached egg. It was a shame that the marinated goats cheese only featured on one of the slices though. Chilli oil and a lovely capsicum flavour and wasn’t too explosive either.
Smashed avocado on sourdough toast with mixed herbs, marinated goat fetta, chilli oil and a poached egg ($12)
Ciabatta roll with honey, mustard and golden syrup glazed leg ham, creamy slaw & radicchio” ($10)
The ham ciabatta arrived warmed through and the bread was fab. On the inside, the bitter radicchio cut through the mellow creaminess of the coleslaw and the ham was positively glowing with sticky, golden flavours. While the first bite was heaven, after a few more the richness of the thick-cut ham was a bit too much for me, and I shared the rest.
Roller Door is a really special place in so many ways. I think I have a crush.