Fo0die dined as a guest of Tamper Food and Coffee and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Located on High Street with 1P parking available till 1pm on a Saturday, we found all day parking on a nearby side street (Normanby Street) which was nicely shaded by the beautiful trees (perfect for a hot sunny day).
For some who frequent the brunch and cafe scene, you may know that this location use to be From on High. Tamper Food and Coffee recently launched in this space and was in the first or second month of operation when we visited.
The modern contemporary interior of the cafe is paired with wooden tables and chairs. The cashier/coffee counter is on one side with seating along the wall on the other side.
Walking further to the back of the cafe reveals a small dining area and the kitchen. This is where we sat and enjoyed the skylight which gave the area natural lighting which was well appreciated given the window in that area was facing a red brick wall.
Between the front of the cafe and the dining area are stairs which lead to the rest rooms and a function room which also acts as additional seating when required. This area has beautiful wall art covering the walls. And while there is no court yard at the cafe, there is street side seating at the front of the cafe.
The A4 sized menu has one side dedicated to drinks and being a licensed venue, the venue also offers beer, wine and cocktails. Mr J had his usual matcha which was more on the seaweed side of the match world. It was sweet and creamy/milky. Whereas I had my usual mocha which was stronger on the coffee side than the chocolate with a nice dark chocolate like after taste.
The other side of the menu contains all the food items separated into three columns, from chia puddings to Tamper’s take on the eggs benedict to salads; the menu offers a variety of dishes to cater for majority. We had the tamper burger, caesar salad and finished off with the waffle ice cream sandwich on this visit.
The burger came loaded with filling which was all neatly packed within the brioche bun (something that impressed Mr J) and came with a large bowl of fries (perfect for sharing!). The patty itself was cooked medium with an elastic and dense like texture when biting into it. Mr J enjoyed the sweet onion jam to the little kick from the sriracha mayo to the perfectly folded lettuce and perfectly round egg.
Opting for something a little lighter, I had the caesar salad with the roast chicken breast (I know this cut can be bit dry for some but I prefer this over thigh meat). Personally we think the cafe should consider renaming this to ‘next level’ caesar salad. It was one of the best tasting caesar salad with, much to my pleasure (so much so that I did not even realise the tomatoes were missing!), adequate dressing right to the very end.
Finishing off with a subtle black sesame ice cream encased in the lightest crisp waffle. Mr J and I both enjoyed this dish.
With such a solid menu and yummy tasting food, you would be surprised to learn that Tamper Food and Coffee only recently launched. And although we experienced some minor teething issues with an ingredient being left off the caesar salad (which I have experienced before at even well established venues), we are excited to see Tamper Food and Coffee join the bustling Melbourne cafe scene.
Dishes that make up this review
- Tamper burger; grilled beef patty with smoked mozzarella, bacon, fried egg, onion jam, lettuce, tomato, pickles, sriracha mayo on a brioche bun with fries ($18)
- Caesar salad; roast chicken breast with baby cos, croutons, heirloom tomato, crispy bacon, shallots, basil, parmesan and anchovies with parmesan and mustard dressing ($18)
- Waffle ice cream sandwich; Belgium waffle with black sesame ice cream, fresh mango and strawberry puree with peanut praline ($18)
- Mocha ($4)
- Matcha latte ($4.50)