Fo0die dined as a guest of Collective Espresso and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Located literally opposite Camberwell train station, Collective Espresso has been running strong for 9 years with the current owner owning it for two of those 9 years.
We arrived at the venue a little after 10am on a Sunday which was relatively calm up until 11/11:30am when the venue started to fill up. Parking is available on Cook St and on a Sunday it is all day parking (usually it is ticketed parking ranging from 1P and 2P parking from 8am up until 6pm).
As we approached the venue, we could see that the front of the cafe has four bench seats, all partially under cover with umbrellas to offer a little more cover from the sun or light rain.
Walking to the entrance of the cafe, there’s two small bench seats, perfect for those waiting for their takeaway coffees. Walking into the venue, the counter is on the right with four seats against the window facing out to the road.
The interior is narrow and deep with the space utilised well with a large communal table going straight down the venue.
The A4 menu is double sided with one side filled with drinks and the other with food. The drinks menu is just a simple section of hot and cold drinks with a short blurb on Undercover Roasters.
My mocha had a good balance of coffee and chocolate, slightly stronger on the coffee side which finishes off with a nice coffee aroma; a pretty good mocha! The venue didn’t serve matcha lattes so Mr J had a tea which came out in a pot (enough for 2-3 cups).
The crab and chorizo benny, while the serving size looked deceivingly small, it was a decent serving with the extra avocado. The golden and crispy croquettes contained a little bit of crab and went well with the citrus hollandise and a squeeze of lemon. The poke bowl was fresh and while we didn’t notice the citrus soy dressing, the salty salmon went well with the turmeric rice. The addition of the pulled mushroom was a great recommendation by the staff there.
If you frequent Instagram then this dish will no doubt look familiar to you. Probably one of Collective Espresso’s most photographed dish, we finished off the meal unveiling the ‘magic’ behind the gravity waffles. The presentation of the dish is beautiful with the different colours on the plate and the small cup ‘magically’ floating in the air. Presentation aside, the waffle itself was more like a hot cake but shaped into a waffle and slightly crispy on the outside.
The venue has just come out with their winter menu which we’ll be keen to go back to check out soon.
Dishes that make up this review
- Crab and chorizo benny; crumbed crab croquettes, Italian sausage, wilted spinach, poached eggs and hollandaise ($19.50) + avocado ($4)
- Poke bowl; smoked salmon, turmeric rice, avocado, edamame and corn with a citrus soy dressing ($16.50) + pulled mushrooms ($4)
- Gravity waffles with vanilla and white chocolate, whipped cream, kiwi fruit, strawberries, salted caramel and popcorn ($18.50)
- Mocha ($4)
- Tea ($4.70)
The notes below are current and accurate at the time of writing but please do check before going to avoid any disappointment as things can suddenly change.
- 25% off the total bill (up to the value of $40) with the entertainment book