With only an ‘MP’ sign with arrows pointing down to indicate its location, it could easily be bypassed except for the fact that its insanely popular.
We were second on the wait list which was scribbled on the brick wall next to the entrance in chalk which I thought was clever. In a matter of 10 minutes, we were soon seated at the end of a large communal table. The interior is like many cafes in Melbourne these days, with a warehouse feel, minimalistic with eclectic touches here and there to show the personality of the cafe. Although the cafe is flat out, the ambience is lively, comfortable and conversation flows without needing to yell to be heard.
The organic honey cola tasted like a sweetened, less artificial version of Coke.
The latte was very good and made strong as requested. We couldn’t exactly discern what the coffee art was but we concluded it was a funny face.
Perusing the menu in between aggravated yells in regards to their fantasy football league, all the guys opted for the classic smoked salmon open bagel. It was definitely one of the nicer smoked salmon bagels and there was a good ratio of ingredients in the bagel. They all thought it was a good portion and felt well-fed after finishing it.
Despite suggesting this cafe, known for their bagels, I actually didn’t feel like bagels so I was glad to see a couple of salad options at the bottom of the menu. The salad came with a very generous portion of smoked salmon and a good mix of fresh salad components. I especially liked the avocado half with a wedge of lemon, which together really lifted from the salty salmon.
Manchester Press offers a good variety of bagels and a few other choices that appeal to all. Everyone enjoyed the atmosphere and felt we could easily return here for another meal.