When the head chef behind two of Melbourne’s best-known cafes partners with Ottolenghi’s former catering manager, you know the end result is going to be a mover and shaker in Melbourne’s cafe scene.
Moby 3143 is said cafe, throwing a spanner in the mix of Armadale cafes. Steve Svensen, formerly of Barry and Pillar of Salt, and Christina Higgins are the duo responsible for the stunning space, having created a hidden oasis off busy High Street.
The cafe shares its name with the suburb’s postcode and a family dog, a German shepherd-cross-husky. Sporting a relaxed and friendly personality, the canine was the perfect inspiration for the sentiment Steve and Christina wanted to convey.
Moby also influenced the dog-friendly attribute, meaning brunch with your fourlegged friend is a definite possibility.
Once the name was decided, the next step was the design. When the pair first discovered the building in which Moby now sits, they knew it needed a lot of love. After gutting the building, they soon discovered beautiful archways, which would later inform both the space’s design and branding.
Furthermore, the installation of large windows on the first level saw litres of light invade the mezzanine; a theme that continues all the way to the rooftop, where an abundance of outdoor seating is exposed to sunshine all day. The end result is a stunning and unique space that takes colour blocking to a whole new level. The choice of bold colours has moved the cafe away from the industrial style to a more confident and elegant space.
Selecting a coffee supplier was an important decision for the cafe and Five Senses shares the same passion and dedication to coffee as Christina and Steve. They use a custom house blend, which has a delicious sweetness and subtle complexity, balanced by a floral aroma. The blend is made up of beans from the Yirgacheffe region in Ethiopia, as well as beans from Alice Estate in Brazil, which contribute caramel and hazelnut notes.
The single origins on the menu change regularly, often originating from East Africa, Central America or Southern Asia. The cafe also offers single origin filter batch brew, keeping them on rotation for the loyal coffee fanatics. Ask the expert baristas for their recommendations – they’re responsible for selecting their favourite single origins and will be happy to share their knowledge on the process of getting the bean from origin to cup.
Just like the design, Moby 3143’s food offering is a contemporary and modern take on the traditional Melbourne cafe menu. For breakfast, an innovative yoghurt panna cotta stands out, featuring peanut butter granola and fresh fruits, while lunch offers a jam-packed Californian superfood salad.
If you’re in need of a coffee, you’re hungry or you just want to sit in a beautiful space to break up the week, Moby 3143 offers the ideal balance of colour, sunshine, coffee and food.