My Other Brother
Rear of 586 Burke Road, Camberwell, VIC
03 9804 0155
Back in 2013, there wasn’t much in the way of specialty coffee in the leafy suburb of Camberwell. This all changed when Julien Moussi, one of the city’s most prolific cafe operators, opened My Other Brother, offering a curated coffee experience that was otherwise restricted to the inner north.
These days, Julien has spread a love for good coffee and good food all over Melbourne, opening nine cafes in every pocket of the city, with an additional three in the pipeline.
It seems fate steered him down the hospitality path right from the get go. Julien started working in the industry as a child, pouring coffee at his family’s Docklands cafe, before choosing to venture into fitness. However, an injury at 21 forced him to seriously consider a path in hospitality. He started small, with coffee contracts at local footy grounds, before collecting enough capital to establish Fitzroy North’s Annoying Brother. My Other Brother quickly followed just a year later, marking the start of his ever-evolving empire.
As to be expected, coffee is king at this Camberwell cafe. The baristas are serious about their craft but this doesn’t mean you won’t see a friendly smile poking out from behind the La Marzocco machine. The house blend is Moody Sister, a custom coffee that Julien designed, naming it after his experiences growing up with four sisters.
The smooth medium roast, made using beans from predominantly Brazil and Colombia, lends itself to all milk-based coffee. Single origins complete the espresso offering, with beans sourced by the team at Inglewood Coffee Roasters; these are chosen seasonally and often originate from South America and Africa. However, espresso isn’t all that’s on offer. Filter coffee and alternative brews also use beans from Inglewood Coffee Roasters, ensuring a strong flavour profile and most importantly, a beautiful brew.
While coffee may be front of mind, every element has been carefully considered. Julien has created an all-encompassing experience through music, design and of course, food. In dealing with the latter, Executive Chef, Nicky Campbell, creates colourful dishes with flavours that jump off the plate.
Her menu changes with the seasons, focusing on celebrating what’s on offer locally. However, past dishes have included the Breakfast Bowl, with quinoa, avocado, kale, asparagus, halloumi, cumin and lime yoghurt, dukkah, pita chips and a poached egg, as well the orange blossom pancakes with grapefruit curd, strawberries, cocoa nib meringue and vanilla mascarpone.
All of these dishes are enjoyed in an expansive space, where Julien’s signature playlist of ’90s hip-hop plays in the background. It’s the perfect soundtrack for the My Other Brother experience – understated, passionate and only getting better with age.