Mixed Business CafÃ©, Clifton Hill
Sarah Cahalan | On 29, Nov 2014
This hidden away eatery is a true diamond in the rough.
The sweet fragrance of peonies from the flower shop next-door waft through the cafÃ©, mingling with the delicious aroma of herbs from the kitchen inside. Mixed Business is situated amongst industrial buildings on Queens Parade, Clifton Hill.
The theme at this gorgeous CafÃ© is â€˜keep it simpleâ€™. DÃ©cor stays true to the Melbourne trend of rustic woodwork and one colour palette. There are three daily specials and a set menu that includes a regular favourite; the roasted cauliflower and quinoa salad. I am a person who loves variety but every time I am at Mixed Business I cannot goÂ past this salad. The texture is variedâ€”currants provide a sweet mix to the tang of Greek yoghurt. By the end of the bowl I am full to perfection and ready to tackle the day.
I also chose the Grilled Cheese Sandwich, it sounds simple, but it was delicious. The gruyere cheese meant that it didn’t solidify the way that normal cheeses do and the dijon pickleÂ on the side added a pleasant tang to an otherwise homely sandwich.
Staff are attentive and friendly. During my visit I spokeÂ with the manager, Eve, who gave me a brief history of the cafÃ©. It has been open for seven years and while they are building a steady customer base, it is the regulars who keep the doors open.
The coffee is beautiful. The baristas use a blend of beans from Seven Seeds, out ofÂ North Carlton. It is strong without being overwhelmingâ€”just the way coffee should be.
While it does not make my stomach sing with happiness, as Grub Food Van did, Mixed Business is guaranteed to satisfy the soul.
What Organic (where possible), locally sourced fresh food. All day breakfast menu included.
When Closed Mondays, Open 7:30am- 5:00 pm Tuesday- Saturday and 8:00am- 5:00pm Sundays
Where 486 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill