Minimalist concrete surfaces, thoughtful Greek touches, and a relaxed, sophisticated atmosphere characterize the interiors of No. 19 café in the heart of Union Road, Ascot Vale.
Designed by local architecture studio Biasol, this new venture from the couple behind St Rose Cafe (Essendon) takes inspiration from the Greek delis that flourished in Melbourne during the 1950s.
Natural light pours in through skylights and floor-to-ceiling storefront windows, whereas little pockets of greenery and vivid pops of turquoise cheer up the cool, crisp space without sacrificing its clean, contemporary feel.
The decor is a study in minimalist chic, with blonde timber furnishings, plush teal banquettes, designer bulbous brass lamps, and white tubular steel shelving set against polished concrete floors and gray textured walls.
Warm brass elements and striking cement tiles handmade in Morocco decorate the concrete service counter in the heart of the café, and an air of modern, understated sophistication permeates the slick Greek inspired place. Outside, two custom-designed benches with timber tabletops offer alfresco streetside dining and people watching on sunny days.
But No. 19 is not just a pretty face. The hip restaurant and coffee shop is equally revered for its Five Senses coffee and delicious wholesome food, served every day for breakfast and lunch. The venue’s fresh and inviting vibe is also reflected in the menu, which includes anything from healthy, creative toasts, detox bowls, and superfood salads to specialty coffees, organic teas, and all-natural smoothies.
Photos: Ari Hatzis