Reviews of Holybelly
If you are looking for a Melbourne esk feel with pumping food and service this is the number 1 place to go in all of Paris. My wife and came back twice after touring Europe to get that double res. 6 ounce FW you've all been craving. Outstanding menu and with the motto "it's good because we care." Couldn't ring truer. One of the coffee and food highlights of a 4 week tour of Western Europe. Coffee was on point today and it was extremely busy. Running a Honduras, Guatemalan - medium body and acidity. Double shot recommended for a balanced FW. Ran well on the pic and espresso.
Had a filter, a flat white and a flat white (2 shots). Felt a little caught out that the first flat White came with only 1 shot. Realised before the order had been made, but they couldn't change it. OK, a system thing. But was assured their coffee was strong and didn't need two shots. That scared me that it would be over roasted. It wasn't. It was just super weak wishy washy cup of milk with mild coffee flavour. Hence went back for second version with a double shot. It was strong as promised, but tasted over extracted. Better than a paris corner cafe, but not specialty coffee level. I can think of more than 10 much better coffees in Paris. The filter also didn't taste very dialled in. No interesting notes. Just a flat coffee taste. The food is good, but a little bland. Eg the poached eggs are perfectly runny yolks, but hard rubbery whites so I guess they cook then in big batches and then store them at 62 degrees as yolks only harden at 63 degrees. The corn bread was a little dry. The beans didn't have a depth of flavour. That sort of thing. The service is excellent and super invested and happy.
Enjoyed a flat white at Hollybelly, coffee was aok. Perhaps I could've ordered a double rather than single shot. Service and atmosphere was great. There was a lineup out the door when we left! Food looked delicious although I didn't eat. I would go back as I noted haloumi appeared on the menu. Vegemite was also featured :)
Popular cafe with an interesting fit out, using beans from Koppi in Sweden, grinding on Mazzer (couldn't see which) and an EK43, and running through a La Mar Linea (again couldn't see which). Wait staff were super friendly, choons were banging, but have to admit that the coffee did not blow me away. Had a dbl Espresso and a 3/4 FW. Dbl spro lacked depth of flavour, but with a little fine tuning might come in to its own. The 3/4 FW was too milky, though milk texture and temperature was on point, and bonus points for using fresh milk. My partner had a Chai latte which they absolutely nailed (spice of the clove and the sweetness were really well balanced), and we shared 2 cakes, both of which were delicious. Didn't have breakfast, but the menu was not dissimilar to one you'd find on the streets of Melbourne. This place was tough to review, as I feel on another day they may have an 8 or a 9 in them. I will be back to smash a breakfast and give the coffee another go.