Fourth Chapter Opens Its Big White Door In Prahran
In a more industrial part of High Street, away from busy Chapel Street and just down from Williams Road, sits this beautiful, grand white door that opens up into the brand new Prahran cafe, Fourth Chapter. This cafe is the fourth in a series of cafes owned by chef Sarah Whitfield, one of which being Trei in Glen Waverley, which represents a similar approach to stunning cafe food. The other co-founders of Fourth Chapter include Christian Rocchi from Proper Protein and Sarah's sister, Jessica Whitfield who is also a chef, both of which offer their own unique perspective and creative flair.
Because you come to a cafe for the food, you'd be pleased to know the menu is simply incredible! It's such a great mix of savoury and sweet options, each with a unique twist on the brekky favourites we know and love. For me, I couldn't go past the Peanut Butter S'More Waffle (they had me at peanut butter!) which was certainly not the healthiest of options on the menu, but it was unbelievable! With salted caramel, grilled banana and whopping big marshmallows, the waffles were crispy the sauce was sticky and I was in heaven!
After somehow managing to pick the most sugar laden option, I am already planning my next trip back to try their baked eggs which are another twist on a breakfast menu regular. Instead of following a rich, Tuscan style recipe, they've opted to experiment with Mexican flavours like smoked chipotle, sweet potato, pancetta, avocado, charred corn and lemon labneh topped with blue corn tortillas. Yum!!!
Some other stand outs from perusing the menu include the Cacao Pops (cacao mousse, coyo, caramelised bananas and pear dust), The Bowl (brown rice, golden hummus, pickled cabbage, roast pumpkin, avocado, cherry tomatoes, kale and spicy peanut sauce) and the Raspberry Granola (oats, buckinis, raspberries, hazelnuts, almonds and coconut panacotta). They also have a great range vege and vegan inclusions as well as top rate gluten free options like the Hotcakes (passionfruit creme, mango and lime coyo icecream and salted macadamias) which sounds like an absolute winner!
The cafe itself is bright and open with loads of natural light pouring into the front area from the street. The mix of blonde wood, high ceilings, white walls and a smattering of green plants and lush posies, make the space so inviting and homely. It's just so pretty and the sort of place you say "yes" to that second coffee because you just don't want to leave. Just make sure you make a trip out to the courtyard during your visit as it opens out into the park next door. Stunning! With such a well thought out space and menu, this newbie to the Prahran cafe scene is a total winner!