The team from the popular Collingwood cafe Terror Twilight are taking the queue-worthy breakfast further north with today’s opening at their fourth place, Convoy, across from Queens Park at Moonee Ponds.
Spacious corner site in front by an L-shaped deck catching the morning sun, with takeaway windows ready to fill garden and pool visitors with coffee, sandwiches and snacks.
Serious cafe fans can order everything from sweet potato pancakes inspired by cinnamon rolls to turkey eggs with lemon yogurt and black pudding or English muffins packed with curry scrambled eggs, bacon and pickles. Later in the day, the prawn rolls with crunchy iceberg and celery were inviting.
Inside, the 100-year-old building with bullnose verandah has been furnished with a houndstooth banquet, gum-spotted joinery, and orange leather upholstery by Studio Esteta, whose other works include Lune Croissanterie and Via Porta.
Despite the large footprint – 65 seats inside and 70 outside – the space is warm, with intimate pockets created by shelves and strainers.
A gift seat might be in a semi-private space with Mediterranean-inspired floor tiles and bifold doors that open onto the deck. Co-owner Kieran Spiteri says this will help with the sheer number of booking requests they get for birthday lunches and baby showers.
He and his team say Moonee Ponds has plenty of cafes, but only a few have a difference. They also chose the area because of a personal connection: Ben Argentino’s partner grew up there while Spiteri’s first job was in a teahouse in Queens Park.
Open Monday-Sunday 7am-4pm
109 Pascoe Vale Road, Moonee Ponds, convoymooneeponds.com.au