In South Yarra, Joe Mammone's sleek Bar Carolina is now joined by its long-awaited cafe, Cantina Carolina at 44 Toorak Road. Another sleek, detail-oriented Chris Connell design in wooden pinstripes, strip lights and steel, the cafe sits alongside Bar Carolina and below the also recently opened cocktail lounge, Tetto di Carolina, upstairs.
Cantina now gives diners access to Carolina from 7am daily, for fresh juices, fruit-dressed panna cotta, pastries and the ultimate power breakfast: spaghetti carbonara. Take away lunch options include panini, a cotoletta or spaghetti with polpetti. More casual than Bar Carolina, nothing will exceed $30, says Mammone, and an accessible wine list starts at $8 a glass. The kitchen stays open until 4pm.
Photo used on this listing is by Paul Jeffers