There is nothing I Iove more in the culinary side of Melbourne then little cafe`s that are tucked in small lane ways. It simply sums up Melbourne's famous food culture. For that, I was ecstatic to search for Manchester Press which is hidden in Rankins Lane, that branches off Lt. Burke Street.
The derelict and sparse laneway was a pathway to a fantastic coffee and bagel shop that turned out to be crowded! The laneway was occupied by a bunch of hungry Melburnians (like myself!) that were waiting for a table at about 1:00pm. The wait was fairly quick which was good, and funny enough they write your name with chalk on the outside wall so they know who is next in queue, very nifty!
The place was very trendy, with quirky decor and vintage dining tables and chairs. The food proved to be very genuine. The ham, cheese and tomato bagel was delicious. The bagel itself was crispy and not over or under cooked. The ingredients tasted fresh, and much better than the produce I have at home.
Coffees were just right (for me anyway). Not too hot, not too cold and of course with coffee art when you order the cappuccino. They were $3.50ea*. Service was a good pace, so you could still stay and enjoy the atmosphere without being rushed, yet you didn't have to look at your watch. I can see this place becoming an icon, especially how it has become incredibly popular in such a short time, given it only opened last year.
Atmosphere - 8.5/10
Food - 8/10
Value - 7/10
Service - 7.5/10
My mood - Happy :)
Will go back!
Will recommend to others!
Perfect meetup place that is definitely a rising star in the Melbourne cafe` industry.
The Hungry Melburnian
July 14, 2012.
* Prices are by when I last visited this restaurant and may have changed since then.