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541 High Street, Northcote, Victoria



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23 reviews · 5 years ago

Whatever you do, don't order the Portuguese custard tart. Can't remember when I have had something so bad. Thick cardboard crust and clag filling. Was weeks ago but still wondering how it was possible.

3 reviews · 6 years ago

Coffee was good. The staff were friendly. Atmosphere was good with some nice framed photography. Will definitely go back when I'm in the area.

25 reviews · 6 years ago

Fantastic coffee - creamy and perfect temp and strength. Service was outstanding - we came in 5 mins before closing time, but were greeted so warmly and coffee was perfect! Fairly priced - $4 for a large cappuccino. As a sydney-sider, I'm sad I can't be a regular here, but will no doubt visit when I'm next in Melbourne! Highly recommend!

13 reviews · 7 years ago

A chance encounter brought me to Kau, looking for somewhere other than my usual Northcote spot, I was pleasantly suprised. Ordering at the counter is different & if not for reading other reviews I would not have known to.

39 reviews · 1 follower · 8 years ago

I was a little hesitant about this place when I couldn't see bacon on the menu. To paraphrase David Mitchell: it's so good, it was banned by three major religions. So no bacon. But, the coffee was a good surprise. Perfect temperature, thick and soft crema. Smooth, nutty and a little sweet. Poured well.

9 reviews · 2 followers · 9 years ago

I stumbled upon this place by accident after thrifting across the road at a secondhand furniture store and I'm glad I made the discovery. Beautiful coffee smells and the husky beckoning tones of Stevie Nicks serve as the perfect doormat to this uncomplicated, provincial space. There's also a fragrance of garlic as one of the house specials of garlic mushrooms on toast sizzle away in preparation for a lucky punter. A lot of love has gone into this place with collectable glass jars dotting rustic wood tables and a beautiful new courtyard hosting bowls of succulents and sculptural decking made from recycled timbers.The girls behind the counter are sweet, unassuming and gentle souls which I think echoes the sentiment of this zen like place. They treat regulars with familiar nicknames, smile and appear instinctively when you're due for a follow up coffee. I'm not crazy about the 'order at the counter' service as I love to secure a seat and settle in with the paper undisturbed when brunching solo, but it's a small price to pay for some peacefulness in the sunshine with a zingy little menu and good coffee. This strip is quickly becoming known for a new quirky cafe popping up at regular intervals, but Kau is not trying to be trendy. In fact it's not trying to be anything but true to it's roots which is what makes it so damn likeable.

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