Bright, airy and inviting Fourth Chapter is set away from the hustle of Chapel Street, in a more industrial part of High Street, just down from Williams Road.
The grand door with period surrounds—reminiscent of a fairy tale—is accentuated with gold handles and slate steps.
Inside, the white colour scheme emphasises ceiling height, while hanging plants and yellow teacups add colour.
Owner Sarah Whitfield—previous part owner of Trei, Sardi and Muharam—called on the help of her parents, sister/head chef Jessica Whitfield and carpenter Christian “Kik” Rocchi during the renovation process. And oh boy, what a great job they did.
Taking centre stage is the front counter. Atop sits the Strada coffee machine and below, a glass cabinet of treats offering freshly baked croissants, cakes and pastries.
The menu offers a mix of healthy and indulgent option, with paleo diners catered for.
- Raspberry granola, oats, buckinis, coconut, almond butter, coconut Panna cotta and berries for $14
- Beetroot and cheddar waffles, hot smoked salmon, avocado, crème fraîche and poached egg for $22.5
- Soy glazed barramundi, black rice balls, pickled zucchini, eggplant and miso purée, cashew kewpie, avocado and poached egg for $23.5
- Southern fried chicken bao, pickled cabbage, sriracha aioli, chilli and lime cashews for $21.5
All lattes are made with Niccolo coffee with your choice of dairy, soy, coconut or almond milk. T2 teas are available and there’s also Sisko hot chocolates, finished with magical, spinning gold-flecked, marshmallow-filled chocolate sphere.
Who is there?
Okay. So what café offers fully catered for picnics? Fourth Chapter of course. During the summer months Fourth Chapter offers picnic baskets and rugs, giving customers the option to eat in neighbouring Victoria Gardens. Patrons range from couples, rowdy families and best friends.
Should you bother?
It was Fourth Chapter’s interior shots posted via Instagram that caught my eye, with pictures not doing it justice. And thank goodness it was gorgeous because my company was far from pleasurable. Another failed date—he made me pay—I aimed at limiting eye contact, admiring the intricate cornices, polished floors and timber furnishings. The food was delicious but seated next to the door, I was subject to blasts of wind. So would I return, maybe with my dog—they sell doggie biscuits.
- 385 High Street, Prahran
- 9510 2277
- Cuisine: Contemporary cafe
- Prices: $16-$22
- Opening Hours: Weekdays, 7am-4pm; Weekends, 8am-4pm