Truman Café

This newish Albert Park café is firing on all pistons

Cafe frontman Mark Wright is, if you haven’t guessed, a true crime fan. He came up with the name for the café while reading In Cold Blood. The only crime would be to miss visiting this terrific coffee spot. 
Co-owners and partners Adele Arkell and Jackie Bega, (founders of stalwart cafes Leroy, Las Chicas and Galleon) know what it takes to make a café tick. Add to that Wright and the affable, husky-voiced barista Ryan Cassidy (both ex-Galleon), and you’ve got a dream team raring to go. Then there’s chef Catherine Dando (ex-A Minor Place), who stands for so much more than just good eggs. It all adds up.
The outside tables complete with jaunty umbrellas harness the sun’s potential on Albert Park’s leafy arterial, while inside operates on a less-is-more ethos: polished concrete floors, communal tables, retro knick knacks and requisite goldfish. The space is fuss-free, kid friendly and easy.
Truman’s all-day breakfast is a thing of beauty. The brioche French toast with banana jam and bacon ($13.50) is a showstopper – the marriage of caramalised banana with crisp bacon is one of the more awesome breakfast parings we’ve seen in a while. The signature Truman ($15.50) is a handsome feast of bright yellow scrambled eggs, potato and leek hash flecked with dill, with a generous dollop of smashed avocado, lemon wedge and ‘Dulcie’s relish’ (think tomato salsa with a spring in its step). 
Lunch, while limited to sandwiches and a daily special or two, is also splendid. The steak sanga is sensational, in a chewy Noisette bun. The steak is beautifully tender, all finished off with a singin’ smoky chipotle sauce.
Cassidy uses his La Marzocco coffee machine as if it were an extension of his own arm, producing silky Di Bella brews time and again. Terrific, Truman

Want to attend the Melbourne Food Awards?

First published on . Updated on .

By Ellie Parker   |  

Truman Café details

381 Montague St

Albert Park 3206

Telephone 03 9077 1372

Open Mon-Fri 7am-5pm; Sat-Sun 8am-5pm

Truman Café website

Albert Park area guide

Restaurants near Truman Café

Ido Kitchen

119m - Ido Kitchen slings modern Vietnamese food from the deft hands of chef Theo...

The Albert Park Hotel

308m - The Albert Park Hotel is a triple-threat glammed up pub in Albert Park,...

Andrew's Burgers

371m - Need to summon an angry mob in a hurry? Talk smack about Andrew’s. This...

Bars & pubs near Truman Café

The Vincent

687m - Taking its inspiration from the work of Vincent Van Gogh this upmarket bar...

The Fox on Montague

726m - If you’ve ever had the epic pleasure of being served a craft beer at...

The Railway Hotel: South Melbourne

898m - The Railway is a bit of a celebrity. The proud cream-coloured corner classic...

Other venues near Truman Café

Wool Baa

364m - Besides having the cutest name for a yarn shop we’ve ever heard, Wool Baa...

Filly's Stable

367m - For ‘style savvy women’, Filly’s Stable is a boutique store showcasing...

South Melbourne Beach

386m - Beautiful and picturesque beach, home to the Kerford Rd pier, a playground...

Readers' comments, reviews, hints and pictures

Community guidelines

blog comments powered by Disqus

© 2007 - 2014 Time Out Group Ltd. All rights reserved. All material on this site is © Time Out.