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St Kilda may be café-flooded, but locals have got a lot of love left to give when it comes to this workshop-come-café

Don’t mind the queue. Garage Espresso is deceptively bigger on the inside - meaning your wait time for what could be St Kilda’s best eggs Benedict is short lived.

A decent eggs Bennie is a dying art these days, but Garage's apple cider vinegar Hollandaise keeps the breakfast dream alive for all you butter-and-egg based sauce fans. Coffee here strikes the same happy medium – good product (they use beans by micro roaster Merlo), well-crafted. Pumpkin toast and Persian feta makes for an avocado mash to write home about, as does a dollop of sheep’s milk yoghurt with vanilla and orange blossom on your fruit salad.

With a raised floor, leather booth seats and polished wood fittings, Garage has avoided the sins of many a cold, cavernous workshop conversion.

While they’re not doing anything radically different, they’re nailing the simple things like great produce and a perfectly poached egg. Keeping up fine balances is what will keep Garage in it for the long haul.

Updated on 9 Apr 2014.

By Annie Davis   |   Photos by Graham Denholm

Garage Espresso details

126a Chapel St, St Kilda 3182

Telephone 03 9531 1331

Nearby Stations: Balaclava

Open Daily 7am-5pm

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