(Melbourne) Operator 25


Operator 25 is a popular brunch destination and cafe that’s within close walking distance from the Flagstaff Station and Flagstaff Gardens. Although it’s located on a more peaceful area of the CBD, Operator 25 is still lively and filled with people who like to enjoy a good cup of coffee or breakfast/brunch/lunch. Offering great food and ambiance, make sure to turn up earlier to save yourself the trouble of having to wait for seats!

 – General Review –

  •  Service: 8/10

Service was good but the food took a while to be served.

  • Servicescape: 7.5/10

Unlike most cafes that typically give off a ‘warm’ atmosphere, Operator 25 was a little dark with a mix of modern and industrial ambiance. Giving the otherwise simply-designed cafe a touch of color, small indoor plants were decorated on each table which added life to the store. The cafe was medium-sized with a couple of large tables that allow for small group gatherings, and the relaxing environment was perfect for catching up with friends or family.


  • Non-smoking area: Seats are indoors and smoke-free, but some outdoor seats available too.
  • Vegetarian dishes: Yes, several vegetarian dishes available.
  • Price range: $$ (AU$16 – $20 for most main dishes.)

Overall Rating: 8.7/10

 – Food Experience –

1) Mocha:

Couldn’t find any faults with the mocha. It was a cup of perfection.

Mocha ($4)

Mocha ($4)

2) Chai Latte:

The Chai Latte was amazing too, slightly milkier with stronger chai flavor.

Chai Latte ($4)

Chai Latte ($4)

3) Matcha & White Chocolate:

The matcha hotcakes were soft, moist, and I loved that beautiful shade of green, but I thought it would taste better if they were served warmer. Although they weren’t very dense, the hotcakes were actually quite filling. The dish also came with a scoop of white chocolate ice cream, chunks of dried banana chips, and crushed nuts. The portion was just right as well, not too large as it can get a little too sweet. If you’re craving for something sweet for breakfast or brunch (or anytime, really), this is the perfect one to try out!

Matcha & White Chocolate ($15)

Matcha & White Chocolate ($15)

4) Braised Eggs in Spiced Tomato Sauce:

The taste was great and portion was just right, although I got full pretty quickly because the dish was quite dense in general, especially with the house corn bread.

Braised Eggs in Spiced Tomato Sauce ($18)

Braised Eggs in Spiced Tomato Sauce ($18)

5) Breakfast Tortilla:

The Breakfast Tortilla was a rich and creamy dish to begin with, so the large portion didn’t actually help. I got full and a little sick of it quickly. Otherwise, the chicken and mushroom were great, though I would’ve enjoyed it more if the portion was smaller.

Breakfast Tortilla

Breakfast Tortilla

6) Smoked Chicken:

The Smoked Chicken had a colorful presentation, which I really liked, and I loved the blend of sourness and saltiness which made the dish really savory. Unfortunately, it was a little oily.

Smoked Chicken

Smoked Chicken


Location: 25 Wills Street, Melbourne – VIC, Australia (3000)

Contact number: +61 3 9670 3278

Website: Operator 25

Operating hours: Mon – Fri: 7am – 4pm

Sat – Sun: 9am – 4pm

Posted by: V

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