I wouldn’t like to call my regular morning coffee an addiction. I prefer the word “habit”. But cafe owners Greg Brassil and Joe Ventura know that come any day of the week a lot of Melburnians are seeking their hit and so they’ve opened up Addict in Fitzroy.
The cafe is on the site of the old Fitzroy Curry House and all traces of the former Indian joint have been removed with a pared back fit out making the most of the corner position which allows for big windows, sunshine and some outdoor pavement seating.
With the name Addict the coffee is the business here. They serve up Padre coffee with the option for pour overs, filter and essentially getting your caffeine fix any way you want. My latté was seriously good – smooth and creamy.
The kitchen is headed up by two ex-St. ALi chefs, Mark Boyd and Steve Hogan, so the food delivers crowd pleasing breakfast standards with a twist. Think pancakes topped with mascarpone and quince ($16.50) rather than your standard maple syrup. The corn fritters ($17) are quite reminiscent of St Ali’s famous My Mexican Cousin – particularly with the addition of strips of haloumi alongside the poached eggs. But who am I to complain about fried cheese?
There are also specials written up on the blackboard including a “breakfast bruschetta” with sweet pops from cherry tomatoes, oozy melted cheese and a dash of pesto. Add some poached eggs and you’ve got a very satisfying Italian breakfast hybrid. Once again I do have to wonder just how many cafes Fitzroy can possibly support. But judging by the crowds at Addict when I visited the reality is Melbourne’s general addiction/habit should keep this place in business at least.
Details: Addict Food and Coffee, 240-242 Johnston Street, Fitzroy (Ph 03 9415 6420)
Kids: Welcome. Addict has high chairs and a kids menu.