There is a new hidden plant-based treasure in the heart of St Kilda. You’ll find it at the end of the St Kilda train station.
The owners of Staple in Altona, a successful cafe with a focus on tempeh decided to venture to the south of the city. Growing up in Indonesia, Rizka and Audi learned how to make great tempeh and after arriving in Australia they realised they had to start producing their own as they couldn’t find the one that they liked here.
Tempeh is nutritious and it’s a good way to get B vitamins, fiber, iron, and other minerals. It provides more protein, fiber, iron, and potassium than other plant-based proteins. Therefore it is St.aple’s mission to make tempeh mainstream.
When the opportunity arose, after doing some research on vegan options in the area, it was clear that St Kilda is in need of a plant-based eatery with good coffee. The rest is the past now and the cafe has been open for over a month. Asked for what kind of response the cafe is getting from locals, the owners say: “so far everyone loves our donuts, coffee and toasties, vegan and non-vegan alike, and our mission to make tempeh mainstream is getting closer than ever”. And we love to hear that.
The menu has plenty of toasties options.
Meals include toasts such as chickpea toona mayo melt, just like scrambled egg, burgers and asian bowls. You can try different kinds of fake meats like bacon, chicken schnitzel, beef. The portions are generous and the food is full of flavour. Mushroom stew bowl is a winner. It’s warm, it’s hearty, it’s crispy and soft at the same time. Perfect combination. The coffee itself is enough to make a trip to this place. If you’re feeling like a dessert, an oreo donut and a croissant are a must.
It’s a good, everyday cafe, with attention paid to tempeh, dough and coffee. Exciting thing to happen in St Kilda.