Operator 25 has been on my radar for some time. Social media led me to some of their impressive photos and I just knew they were the goods. I have been following them for some time on Instagram, and every post saw me wanting to visit more and more. I don’t get into the CBD very often, so when the opportunity arose, I took it with both hands.
It was a quick lunch, and once we secured a park we were in. Immediately I knew I was in good hands. Everything was decked out the way things should be. There was maximum effort offered to achieving the best possible coffee experience. I couldn’t help myself when I saw the barista using a sieve to ensure a consistent coffee grind – I had to take a picture. Naturally the coffee was on point.
The food menu was solid, without really blowing me away. I have a love hate relationship with good menus like this. I love to see things that excite me, but multiple options leaves me with much anxiety as to whether I have made the correct decision. I went for the corn and sweet potato fritters. They were great and would make a nice light breakfast, brunch or lunch dish. I am of the larger appetite variety, and so found the portion to be a little on the small side. All the better for my waistline when consuming fried food I guess. Nonetheless, better add some extras next time.
Outstanding quality and attention to detail, the only negative I could comment on was the slightly bizarre experience of paying as we were leaving. The server seemed to be on another planet, and was barely acknowledging our existence. Not to worry as they were happy to split our bill (not on weekends though). Operator 25 will be a go-to when I’m in the CBD of Melbourne.