It’s not hard to wax lyrical about this cosy cafe on the corner of Rathdowne Street and Macpherson in Carlton North. Run by a family new to these shores from Zambia, not only does Rhapsody’s Cafe serve the best of what Melbourne’s notoriously picky cafe set have come to expect, but they’ve imported not a little of the spirit of their African homelands – plus a little bit of Greek zest – to the place. Breakfast, naturally, is an all-day affair here, lunches are long and languorous, and the coffee is a boutique brew, too.
Let’s dispense with what Melbourne’s cafes are most importantly about first. Here at Rhapsody’s Cafe in Carlton North, the coffee is from di Bella and the tea – available in a host of types and flavours – is from Teadrop. Settle in for a long, relaxing hour at Rhapsody’s with a cuppa and the paper and it’s likely you’ll find yourself glancing sidelong at the handsomely proportioned all-day breakfast and lunch menus. If it is that time of day – and when is it not? – Rhapsody invites you to take in their selection of cafe classics: poached eggs, French toast, homemade granola with fresh apple, passionfruit labne and berries, halloumi and smoked corn fritters with Japanese tsukemono pickles, truffled mushrooms on multigrain with poached eggs and Parmesan…
The list goes on and you should already see that this little powerhouse up on Rathdowne Street packs more in more interestingly that most in Melbourne. Lunch at Rhapsody’s Cafe keeps the tasty and unusual ball rolling with pulled lamb wraps (that Greek influence), salmon and quinoa cakes, and properly Aussie gourmet pies – the beef and burgundy is our pick – served with potato or super grain salads. The toasted sandwiches at this Carlton North cafe are particularly popular, with top-notch ciabatta packed with chicken, avocado, brie and cranberry or roasted butternut pumpkin, eggplant, zucchini, feta and spinach. Remember, these guys do catering, too!
The service here is particularly obliging - we wanted something not on the menu which they did with ease. A quieter cafe a block up from the busier shopping strip in Rathdowne St. You can linger here. Nice menu but could be more exciting.
Great family run restaurant, staff very welcoming and accommodating. Great variety on menu with extra daily specials. Di Bella coffee served ~ just love it