(Melbourne) Seven Seeds

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Seven Seeds is a popular cafe in Melbourne that is renowned for its coffee. I cannot agree more – it’s included in my list of cafes that offers one of the best coffees that I’ve ever tried. It’s just a block away from the University of Melbourne’s The Spot building in Parkville, and takes a mere minute’s walk to get there. The cafe is always crowded with people, most commonly with students and university staff, so it’s not surprising that you find yourself on the waiting list. You can also find many of these customers ordering take-away coffees to start the day, or to enjoy them in between classes. Seven Seeds’ reputation isn’t as well-known for its food, but if you ever want a cup of coffee, it’s definitely one of your safest bets.


 – General Review –

  •  Service: 7.5/10

I’ve been here a couple of times and I noticed that the service in Seven Seeds have always been decent. The staff are usually welcoming and informative, and are prompt to seat the customers and take their orders. However, the cafe is usually busy so they can be quite short with you as well. On the brighter side, Seven Seeds hires incredibly skilled baristas, and offers a variety of coffee beans that you can purchase as well! The cafe is also quite bicycle-friendly, where you can leave your bicycle in a designated area near the front entrance, but that is if they have available space too, of course.

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  • Servicescape: 8/10

I love the relaxing and chill environment of Seven Seeds, which I feel also exudes a bit of a grunge style. Who’d have thought there’d be a cafe in a warehouse? Nonetheless, the place is clean, can accommodate quite a number of people, and bright from the natural light that it allows in. The cafe isn’t too fancy either, but it’s because of this reason that customers don’t  find it posh or intimidating, which makes them feel comfortable. It’s a really ideal place to chat and hangout with friends.

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  • Non-smoking area: Yes, seats are mostly indoors and smoke-free.
  • Vegetarian dishes: Yes, quite a number of vegetarian dishes available.
  • Price range: $$ (AU$10 – $17 for most main dishes.)

Overall Rating: 8.5/10


 – Food Experience –

1) Mocha:

I’m a fan of coffee with milk (as you can probably tell in this section) and mocha’s probably my favorite; it’s like one of the classics that can’t go wrong. I love the mocha from Seven Seeds – it had a perfect blend of coffee, milk and chocolate. I love how it didn’t taste too bitter nor sour, because that’s how some of the coffees that I’ve tried in the past tasted like. It was only when I came to Melbourne that I started to appreciate coffee without adding any sugar in it, and I give credit to Seven Seeds for being the first to convert me. If you’re a fan of mocha, or even coffee in general, you definitely have to try this!

Mocha ($4)

Mocha ($4)

2) Cafe Latte:

I couldn’t find any flaws with the latte as well – great aroma with the right amount of milk so that it didn’t taste too strong nor milky.

Cafe Latte ($4)

Cafe Latte ($4)

3) Cappuccino:

Do you see a pattern there? Seven Seeds’ latte art is brilliant, that’s what. Again, I couldn’t find anything that went wrong with this cup of cappuccino.

Cappuccino ($4)

Cappuccino ($4)

4) BBQ Pulled Pork Brioche Sandwich:

One of the best main dishes I’ve tried here so far! The best thing about this dish for me was the herb aioli, which I thought tasted a lot like onion. I basically eat it with everything on the plate, namely the fries and sandwich itself, since it complemented both so well. The pulled-pork sandwich was a little too sweet, but it was still pretty good anyway, and the brioche was really soft too. The fries were nothing special (thought you could get them in places like McDonald’s) but it was the thin and crispy type, which is the kind I like. The fries were pretty oily though, and overall, it might not be a dish for health-conscious folks.

BBQ Pulled Pork Brioche Sandwich ($17)

BBQ Pulled Pork Brioche Sandwich ($17)

5) House-smoked Salmon:

This is an interesting one. The salmon was fresh and was cut in a way that it wasn’t too thick nor thin, and the eggs were poached well. But what I thought was unique was the sauce; the menu describes the dish as being served with cream spinach puree and hollandaise sauce. The texture wasn’t very smooth and was a little bumpy. Overall, it’s a decent dish, but nothing overly special.

House-smoked salmon ($17)

House-smoked salmon ($17)

6) Eggs Benedict:

The Eggs Benedict was great, but I won’t say that it’s one of the better ones I’ve tried. The hollandaise sauce was a bit much, especially with the bacon, which got a bit overwhelmingly salty. On the plus side, the eggs were poached well, and the greens helped in restoring balance to the savoriness of the dish. Even though it was filling, I thought the portion was quite small for the price.

Eggs Benedict ($16)

Eggs Benedict ($16)

 

Location: 114 Berkeley Street, Carlton, Melbourne – VIC, Australia (3053)

Contact number: +61 3 9347 8664

Website: Seven Seeds

Operating hours: (Kitchen closes at 3pm)

Mon – Sat: 7am – 5pm

Sun: 8am – 5pm

Posted by: V

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