Unregistered User (old wherespresso.com) says...
Really good, worth a look
22 November 2009 (web)
Impressive coffee, nice brekkie
THIS IS POSSIBLY THE EQUAL-BEST COFFEE I HAVE HAD IN MELBOURNE. What to do, what to do?! You see, Midali finds itself in a delicious position. Opposite Batch. As a coffee lover, you are torn between two exceptionally good coffee providers. My advice? Get one from each! Ha ha! YES! Anyway, I popped past Midali on my way to the Victorian Alps for some secret road cycling training. I was very sleepy and needed good coffee. Midali did not disappoint. Midali is a bright-red fascia-d, small-shop-on-the-street type place - narrow but long, and inviting. Coffee is made on the footpath, where you order, and wait. There's a camera over the baristas shoulder (today we had Michael) which displays coffee being made to a big screen at the rear of the cafe. The machine had a naked filter on it by the looks of it, which is interesting - who is ordering nakedly filtered coffee?! There's not a lot of seating room inside, with maybe 8-10 small tables. There are a few tables outside too, where you can watch the guys work their magic. I am not sure what it is, but I liked Midali right away. Michael seemed to remember most peoples names, and there was a real community feel to it. Nice. Like the bar in Cheers but without barflys. I didn't get the bean name, or machine name (not that that matters to most of us), but all you need to know is: THIS IS POSSIBLY THE EQUAL-BEST COFFEE I HAVE HAD IN MELBOURNE. Batch, 7 Grams (at their best) and Volley are all even-Stevens as far as I am concerned. With any of them, you can be assured you'll get kick arse coffee. If I could recreate my experience with a Twitter hashtag it would be #zOMGWTF. I got the biggest size, which was ostentatious to say the least, but I am glad I did, because Kate - who it must be said, is not a coffee fiend - liked it too. WOW. Do yourself a favour, drop in and grab a coffee. So, breakfast. Here's what I really like about Midali: It's all about the coffee. If you want a crazy breakfast menu, check out The Little Ox in Brighton, or on Brunswick East (yes there are more). Nope, Midali is about coffee, and if you want something to eat, they have good avocado and fetta on toast, served with a slice of lemon and on a chopping board. I know, right? COOL. Their Spanish eggs looked good too, but I didn't try them. So, if you need EXCELLENT coffee, and some good simple food, go to Midali.