Quality coffee, American-style barbecue and Russian specialties come together at last at Port Melbourne’s Third Wave Cafe. Found on Rouse Street between Farrier Edwards Lane and Nott Street, this cafe, bar and restaurant combines the very best of American cuisine with the finest cafe classics (and we don’t just mean coffee!). Luckily for Melbourne locals, Third Wave Cafe is open every day of the week for finger lickin’ good barbecue delights and more.
First things first: the coffee. At Port Melbourne’s Third Wave Cafe, owner Inga has searched far and wide for Australia’s best cup of joe, and after months of careful contemplation, she decided on 5 Senses, a local roaster whose single-roast coffees and superlative blends are the talk of Melbourne’s gourmet coffee scene. Plus, having received training from some of the world’s best baristas, Inga and her staff really know their stuff – this is a cafe you can count on for an exceptional espresso.
Alongside Melbourne’s finest caffeinated beverages, Third Wave Cafe’s kitchen churns out some of the city’s very best barbecue dishes – that’s American-style barbecue, to be exact – as well as Russian specialties from Inga’s homeland. Featuring ribs with meat that falls off the bone, pulled-pork sliders and sandwiches galore, Third World Cafe on Port Melbourne’s Rouse Street offers up a real smorgasbord of options. Even better, the cafe opens up early for breakfast and serves incredible eggs, parfaits, muffins and satisfying platters. Make sure to reserve ahead!
A. May. Zing. Great food. Great value. People were so friendly. I was scared because some reviews said the staff were rude, but I saw someone seated impatiently outside, and then stepped in clicking his fingers at the cute waiter going “um where’s our menus??” Like... they were right there he could have just taken 2 by himself. I don’t know. Maybe the customers that left those reviews are impaired in some way because the waiters/waitresses that helped my posse were very very friendly. One thing I’ll comment on is that I ordered eggs Benedict, and one of my friends ordered scrambled eggs. His eggs came but mine never did, but we were charged for my eggs Bene?? Odd. Genuine mistake, totally fine. I was so stuffed honestly I was scared they were still making mine. 1000% I will come again. We ordered the August special “mountain” or something. The one where they have 3 ribs, bunch of bacon, some Mac n cheese, and some waffle chips (they were damn good). And a couple coffees/milkshakes, and the scrambled eggs. Came to ~$75. Very good value, for all that meat. Oh and the presentation. My goodness. Phenomenal. It was crowded but honestly that’s just a testament to how good they are. Looks filthy on the outside but that’s just the classic Port Melbourne facade.
They have the best ribs. We had the smokin mountain and it was delicious! And very cheap too considering the portion size. Service is good as well
Quality food, great atmosphere! I definitely will be going back for more. The service was spot on! I can't fault the place! I can't wait to go back.