A little birdie told me there was a new café in town, so I made my way to see what the story was. Literally. First and foremost, may I say, welcome to Fitzroy, Pony White.
To understand the meaning behind this café, you need to look deeply into the history archives. Back in the 19th century, a young Macpherson Robertson opened a confectionary company in this pocket of Fitzroy. He was famed for introducing chewing-gum and fairy floss to Australia, and was known for his distinctive whiteness, ensuring he was always dressed immaculately in white and rode in a carriage behind two white ponies.
Considering this new café is housed in the street where the chocolate empire was created, owner George Nakhoul decided it was a fitting tribute to the good man’s legacy, and named his first Fitzroy café Pony White, after the white ponies that transported this iconic figure.
Speaking of white, it took 40 litres of white paint to get the ceiling done, in this fresh open space. One of the many features which make the interior so easy on the eye. The corner venue seats upto 65 people, and boasts genuine leather, and greenery, as well as a large kitchen fit to cater for the hungry masses.
Being the fifth venue for George, following a line of success with Espresso Alley and Calavera; he decided to install his dream espresso machine- the Synesso Hydra.
It pumps out coffee roasted by Melba, with rotating single origins that are also available for filter coffee.
The menu takes a fresh and Japanese inspired approach, with options such as Okonomiyaki Benedict with cabbage and corn fritters topped with yellow fin tuna; Confit Pumpkin with zucchini noodles and cashew butter; and the very popular breakfast ramen with smoked bacon and mushroom tonkotsu broth.
Find them at 379 George Street, Fitzroy.