When Sue from Monochrome first moved to Melbourne, her dream was to open a tea house. Considering she previously ran a tea shop in China, it felt like the ideal project. Four years into her Masters at Melbourne University, and sufficient time spend in Melbourne, she quickly realised it wasn’t tea that everyone wanted, but coffee.
As a new operator to the cafe industry, Sue relied on the assistance of coffee roasters and interior designers for her first cafe.
The name “Monochrome”, is a reflection of the design vision Sue had from the outset, wanting to focus on simplicity and style. Designed by AAStudio, the dining area is perched beneath two black metal cubes, which are surrounded by crisp white walls with pops of greenery. Matching dinnerware decorates the marble table tops, adding a layer of continuity.
The all-day menu features modern Australian dishes, like Spiced pumpkin smash with buckwheat, feta, poached egg, and a Dijon mustard mayo; and Pork Benny with pulled pork shoulder, greens, and a beetroot and broccoli slaw.
Coffee is sourced from White Mojo, with a Monochrome blend that’s as balanced as the venues fitout, and made up of beans from Ethiopia, Colombia, and India. I enjoyed a washed Ethiopian Wolichu for black coffee, which had a gentle body, with bergamot and peach flavours.
Since opening at the end of last month, Monochrome presents a neutral setting, so that the many shades of coffee and food can shine in the Toorak spotlight.
Find Monochrome at 4/286 Toorak Road, South Yarra.