The original St. Ali in South Melbourne is far grungier than its recently launched London counterpart – and all the better for it. Nooks and crannies around an old warehouse have been converted into dining spaces, the chairs are essentially found objects such as old chairs and planks of wood. In short, it’s eclectic and very cool. (Thanks to Cairnsy, king of brunch.)
Its tone of voice is very playful, check out the menu, it even taps into Melbourne’s nominal origins in its logo, the city was originally dubbed Batmania.
And every month a creative thinker gives a talk as part of St Ali Dialogues Ali Alizadeh, poet, novelist, critic and playwright will be speaking on December 8th about what it means and what it feels like to write oppositional texts in the current cultural and political climate.