Recently brought about by the owners of the popular Axil Coffee Roasters in Hawthorn, The Petty Officer is located in Albert Park and, like Axil Coffee Roasters, it is a coffee specialist cafe. The interior is stunning in my opinion - really making the most of the natural sunlight that flows in, clean lines in light neutral colours and a cool painting of a hawk by David Pereira which catches your eye upon entering. The cafe was at full capacity when we arrived so we joined the waiting list with an expected 15 minute wait and were seated at the high tables by 11am.
Our waitress was so enthusiastic that when the boys ordered their coffee, they were swayed by her description of the Kenyan beans they had in that day. The coffees were incredibly creamy and robust with little bitterness.
Unable to have coffees on Sundays (stupid low caffeine tolerance), I just settled for food. The fritters were light in both flavour and texture although the bloody mary salsa more than made up for it. It was zesty and punchy while the creme fraiche complemented the dish. I would have loved avocado with this dish for some freshness or smoked ocean trout for more substance - I probably should have ordered it but it was too late once I started eating.
Corn, zucchini & mint fritters with bloody mary salsa, celery salt & creme fraiche ($15)
Both of the boys ordered the ocean trout, a dish I was tossing up between with the corn fritters. The house smoked ocean trout was appetising with the crisp potato croquette and the perfectly poached egg. The beetroot relish was fresh and lightened up the dish with the zesty and creamy preserved lemon yoghurt. Mr A really enjoyed his dish although the serving was on the smaller side.
House smoked ocean trout on potato croquette with beetroot relish, spinach, preserved lemon yoghurt & a poached egg ($17.50)
When we were paying at the counter, there were two trays of baked goodies just tempting us but unfortunately I wasn't feeling great (eating raw onion makes me feel queasy, so weird) so we skipped.
Baked goodies at the counter
As you can see, the space is very refreshing and inviting.
They also had a lunch menu available from midday which consisted of burgers and sandwiches
The cafe was bustling, so at first service was very slow, but when our waitress noticed that we were waiting and ready to order, she dropped what she was doing, and took our orders. The wait for food wasn't too long considering the full cafe and our bubbly waitress made sure we were looked after. I'm rarely ever in this part of town but I could be persuaded by a visit to The Petty Officer - next time for their twice cooked french toast.
After returning home, we attempted a 3km run over to our friends house - I probably ran less than 100 metres before I gave up the idea of running, instead walked over and got a lift back home from them. Haha FAIL but I'm proud that I actually walked 3kms; the most exercise I ever do in a day is walking 4 blocks in the city!
Will I return? Yes, enjoyed our time here and would love to chill here again.
The Petty Officer
113 Victoria Avenue
Albert Park VIC 3206
(03) 9686 3000
Daily 7am - 4pm