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!
Quality feed, magnificent service and fast. Looking forward to the next visit already. Best American bbq I have had. Staff friendly and welcoming. Not bad value for money
Oh my lawd!! The food was unbelievable! If you are thinking about going I absolutely recommend it. I know for sure I’ll definitely be going back!
Great experience, the food was amazing. We were a party of 8 and everything went beyond expectations. We will definitely come back again. The « amazing » beer was indeed amazing.
Amazing American BBQ. If you go on a Tuesday then you can go for an all you can eat option. Great range. Only one point of feedback - get an IPA on the menu.
I dined in with a few friends for the all you can eat deal! We were all really excited coming in for this, and the food we had exceeded all expectations. I had the crazy pig milkshake as well, and although I was a bit skeptical at first, the skepticism was put to rest! It was amazing! We loved all 3 courses, and we stuffed ourselves until we couldn't do more. The waitresses were also kind enough and accommodating to provide us take-away containers to bring home the rest of what we couldn't finish. For the meat-lovers we are, this was heaven! Thank-you once again! Will be back again for sure!
I ordered the 'Naked Cheeseburger' and 'Crazy Pig Freak-a-Shake' (bacon milkshake w/candied bacon + 'oink ball' - pork meatball wrapped in streaky bacon). The cheeseburger was free (from promotional email) and the shake was $16. I personally thought the food was rather bland and one-dimensional, unnecessarily spiced, and undoubtedly overpriced. The cheeseburger was dominated by the taste of the tomato relish and mustard and the beef patty lacked any interesting flavour at all. The bacon shake was nothing more than a vanilla shake (and a basic one at that) with little salty bits of bacon mixed in; again, nothing to rave about. The 'oink ball' looked and tasted like (and I'm quite certain it was) beef not pork, and I wasn't a fan of the BBQ sauce they used; it dominated the flavour of the meatball and bacon too much and left much to be desired. Lastly, and oddly enough the highlight, the candied bacon was a good mix of sweet and salty, but the spices they used added little flavour and seemed to add burn for the sake of burn (this was actually a common problem among the burger and meatball too). Unfortunately though, the candied bacon tasted more like maple-bacon, which wasn't necessarily bad, just not what I was expecting when described as "candied". Overall, I was disappointed with the food I ordered and amount paid (even with the free cheeseburger, $16 for a boring salty shake and extras wasn't worth it). I was excited to try the extensive range the menu had to offer before going here, but given this disappointing experience, I don't see myself coming back for more unfortunately.
The food at Third Wave Cafe is wonderfully cooked and full of flavour. We ended up sharing 3 large mains between 4 people which still ended up being more food then we could eat, but every bite was delicious!
Seriously great food! Some of the best beef ribs I've ever had, was absolutely delicious! Unfortunately we had to leave half way through our evening because of a family emergency, but the staff was so good about it, they packed up the food we had ordered but hadn't been able to eat yet and gave us no fuss whatsoever. Wonderful food and great service, will absolutely be back to finish off unfinished business!
It was an absolute delight being able to bring my group of friends here. I am a regular visitor to Third Wave and it has never disappointed. Food was divine and we all ordered a variety of dishes including the monthly dish, dinosaur ribs and burgers. We did have young children with us and probably needed another high chair but with a small venue it is understandable they only had one.
Had the All You Can Eat Tues with two others, it was easily the best meal I've ever had out in my entire life from both a quality and value for money perspective. The beef rib in particular opened my eyes to how inadequate every other BBQ place I've been to has been, but everything that was served up was amazing, with quick and friendly service to boot. Absolutely recommended.