The best pot brewed Chai latte I’ve found in Melbourne is at the Old Barber Shop in Church Street, Richmond. The Chai is divine in all aspects. It tastes sweet but not too sweet, nor too strong on the black tea leaves. It is presented sumptuously on a wooden board with a tactile pottery mug in hues of blue, which has been pre-drizzled with honey.
I’ve visited several times since they opened in the former Barbers of Seville site a few months ago. A busy location, close to Church Street traffic and trams, the Old Barber Shop is surprisingly tranquil, perhaps the touches of blue in the china and furnishing exude calm.
A captivating display of treats make it hard to choose so there are many visits still to be had to try sandwiches, salads and croque madame’s. I can vouch for the Hazelnut Meringue and Canberry muffin, a curiously delicious muffin which crumbles like meringue.
Their ever attentive and friendly service make me feel like I’m being looked after here. Perhaps some of the old school barber shop ethos is living on.