Melbourne’s western suburbs are the nation’s fastest growing region. Caroline Springs didn’t even exist when I was a child, and that’s exactly where Mr Nomane lives.
Not yet 3 months old, this fresh space is the brainchild of David Christiano, and Sam Ozsoy. Seemingly, it was an idea posed by David, after Sam built his home. Having worked all his adult life in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, a move out west to start a family, shed light on a void in this outer western suburb. What began as a grievance about the area being devoid of a café with substance, turned into a momentous project.
Located on the suburbs main arterial, Caroline Springs Boulevard, @mr_nomane offers a bright airy space, that’s comfortable enough to dine in, and convenient enough to swing past for a takeaway. The name itself is a play on the ‘no name’ tag. Entering an area with predominantly well-known brands, David felt his humble café stood out from the crowd, which ironically, prides itself in being unassuming. It’s catchy, and probably makes more sense if you’re dyslexic (The irony is not lost on me). Locals have taken to Mr Nomane with such delight, that they have upgraded their original 2 group @lamarzocco to a 3 group machine, and draw the masses with coffee sourced from @reverencecoffee . The Night Vision Blend provides a darker style coffee matching the palate of locals, and single origin beans are showcased weekly by way of batch brew.
Much like the venue itself, the menu is unpretentious, offering simple dishes done well. There are Zucchini fritters with raita and corn salsa; Chilli scramble with istra bacon on sourdough; and House cured Salmon with cream cheese on light rye toast.
Mr Nomane has brought specialty coffee, and an honest approach, to a growing area surrounded by green fields and Kororoit Creek flowing through its centre.
Find Mr Nomane at 14c/218-222 Caroline Springs Blvd, Caroline Springs, open daily from 7am to 4pm.