Aye Aye Cap’n…

Posted by on Jun 9, 2011 in Cafe, CBD, Dining, Melbourne, Vegetarian | 0 comments

Aye Aye Cap’n…

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So leaving the deliciously girly world of Cristina Re behind I thought I would add a little testosterone to the mix. Captains of Industry, Gentelmans Outfitters and Cafe, is the kind of place you instantly feel comfortable in, it’s not dark woods and tartan prints nor fishing tackle and shooting gear but still emanates ‘male’ from it’s core. Tucked upstairs down a little Melbourne lane way this is one of those places you might never realize as there. These Practical Men of Wide Experience’, to use their own words, are purveyors of bespoke doorways and leather accessories, made to measure menswear, offer traditional haircuts and also run a cafe.

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I spotted the door to this the day I had lunch at Little Mule just down the lane. I was intrigued and determine to visit here with a friend for lunch. Upon entering we were both instantly charmed with the venue from the tailors patterns in the stairwell to the wide open venue. We peered at a gentleman having his haircut (discreetly of course) and went to order our lunch. We grabbed window seats overlooking Elizabeth St and the GPO as the establishment was fairly quite and we wondered how many visitors they get at lunch time. The answer was within 10 minutes very clear – heaps, the place was packed by 12:30. The crowd itself was eclectic from boys in their designer suits to girls in vintage and everyone seemed very much at ease.

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Our baguettes arrived after about 10 mins and were delicious. I had ordered the pear and blue cheese (switching blue for goats cheese) with a herb mayo and it was delicious. The bread was perfect with a good crust but not the sort that makes it hard to eat and the herb mayo was devine. CJ ordered the ‘Pigs might fly’ a chicken poached in bay leaf stock baguette and enjoyed it too. I love that I had an option other than grilled vegetables and such a tasty one at that! Even thinking about it now I am wishing it was my lunch option.

Open from 8am Mondays to Friday and 10am on Saturday I am hoping to come back and try their yum sounding breakfast. It’s perfect porridge weather and their overnight steel cut oats sound really perfect for winter.

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