Mixed Business


486 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill, 3068—View map


03 9486 1606



Tuesday to Saturday 7.30am to 5.00pm
Sunday 8.00am to 5.00pm



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Mixing business with pleasure

Clare Marshall 9 March 2008


I'm going to make a bold statement here: Mixed Business makes the best coffee I've ever had in Melbourne. Normally I'm a one-coffee-a-day kind of girl, but at Mixed Business one is never enough. It's the only other café in Melbourne to use St Ali coffee, the blend roasted at the South Melbourne establishment of the same name. Thanks to the owners' exacting standards, the coffee is consistently great no matter who is working the machine.

Mixed Business is located up the top end of Queens Parade, just before the railway overbridge. 1950s signage and retro decor touches hint at the building's previous life as a second-hand furniture shop. The light, airy space has several small tables and a large communal one, and features a huge old carpenter's workbench as its coffee and till station. There is one table out the front and a couple more out the back, in a cute and seemingly functional vegie garden.

The food at Mixed Business is simple, tasty and very reasonably priced, with plenty of vegetarian choices and optional gluten-free bread. For a light breakfast, try the coddled egg with roasted tomatoes and feta, or crispy pancetta and parmesan. If you're up for something more substantial, Mixed Business serves perfectly poached eggs with a range of interesting accompaniments, such as beans cooked with pork belly and sausage, and potato and rosemary rosti with avocado and house-made relish.

There's also a great selection of hot rolls. Fillings range from the classic (corned beef with Dijon mustard, relish, Swiss cheese and rocket) to the quirky (poached saffron chicken with celery and carrot remoulade). Sweet tooths are catered for via an absolutely delicious banana split, served caramelised on toasted brioche with nutmeg, pecans and yoghurt.

Just a couple of months old now, Mixed Business is getting steadily busier by the day, thanks to its friendly staff, cheap and delicious food, and relaxed atmosphere. And did I mention they serve really, really, really good coffee?

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