Within all the high rise apartments and office buildings in the CBD, especially down in the business district of town, it’s quite hard to find hidden cafes in warehouse establishments. An old run down building is torn down every second day to make way for new high rises that overshadow the rest of the city.
Krimper is a little hidden gem of a cafe in a side alley in the business district that would be hard to find if you weren’t looking for it. It has an industrial fit out with red exposed bricks, wooden beams and ducts running along the roof. It has plenty of space so is perfect for social gatherings that take you temporarily away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.
Coffees here are from Proud Mary with their rich and buttery blends which are perfectly brewed. I of course started with my usual latte ($3.80) but Yuye didn’t feel like coffee that morning (what?! No way!) because he’s a tiny bit lactose intolerant in the mornings. Yes I feel sorry for him. I ordered a blend but single origins are available as well.
The food menu isn’t overly large here which made choosing a tad bit easier. Obviously as we visited a little while back, the menu has since changed a bit. Dishes are different, menu layout is different and even prices seem to have increased slightly. I ordered the Ocean Egg with beetroot cured hapuka, poached egg and corn fritter ($16) which is no longer on the menu. It was well cured, I loved cured fish as it really adds a lot of taste to a fresh ingredient without changing any textures. This was a tasty and simple dish but wasn’t as substantial.
Yuye ordered the Duck Two Ways with Asian spiced duck, tangy salad and smoked croquettes ($24). There was shredded duck in the salad giving it the two ways name. I liked the freshness of the dish but was a little disappointed at the very not crispy duck skin. The lightly smoked croquettes were creamy and tasty and the dish was overall enjoyable. Crispy skin would have lifted the dish to a new level though.
Racheese ordered the wagyu burger ($18) which at the time came with brioche, brie and onion chutney and chips on the side. I’m not a huge fan of brioche buns on burgers because I find them too soft and sweet. Racheese found the burger to be just average.
Even though it wasn’t the best food I’ve had at a Melbourne cafe, I did love the atmosphere, location and coffee. I think it’s about time for a re-visit to see how their menu has evolved. If you’re in the area and feel like going cafe hunting, give Krimper a try – that is if you can find it.
Phone: (03) 9043 8844
Address: 20-24 Guildford Lane Melbourne, VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 7:00am-5:00pm, Saturday to Sunday 8:00am-4:00pm