One thing I have admired about Melbourne’s veteran café operator, Shri Bhagwandas, is his dedication to paying homage to the history of his venues (be it in the design, or location) when naming them. Following the success of BAWA in Hawthorn and Sloane Ranger in Cremorne, Shri teamed up with Chris Griffiths and headed north, and have planted their feet, or should I say, parked their bikes- on High Street, Northcote.
Bicycle Thieves opened last weekend, and takes its name from the 1948 Italian film about a strong willed, passionate man on a quest to find his stolen bicycle. It focuses on themes of teamwork, and a desire to succeed. Launching this massive space which seats over 100, necessitated considerable dedication, and teamwork. In an area with an Italian Heritage, it’s important you get your coffee right, and Bicycle Thieves does this with the backing of Dukes Coffee Roasters.
They’ve collaborated with Amy Pierce and Nat Widera from PierceWidera, to create a sun soaked venue, exuding elegance and simplicity, a quality which is echoed on the menu. Meals are beautiful to the eye, with some innovative new offerings, and simple favourites. Think jaffles with baked banana and mascarpone; Ricotta Vanilla Fritters; Breakfast Ramen; and Miso Baked Pumpkin.
This morning they stole my heart, and reminded me why travelling North-side is always a worthwhile voyage for this South-side soul.
Bicycle Thieves are open from 7am to 4pm weekdays, and 8am to 4pm weekends.