Part café, part deli Oxford larder is one of THE places to go for a quick lunch or snack if you're in the Collingwood area. The owners of South of Johnston run this small but mighty meeting place - it's older brother café come restaurant on Oxford Street.
With the advent of COVID, SOJO has had to keep its doors closed and undergone some renovations, so it's ready and fresh as soon as they're able to have seated customers. But we'd highly recommend heading for brunch and feasting on their delicious menu when the time comes.
In the meantime, however, you can get your fix of delicious home-cooked food from Oxford larder. They have a concise but varied menu which suits all tastes and dietary needs: from vegan to gluten-free; there really is something for everyone. What's more, they also serve delicious coffee from AllPress - a perfect way to get caffeinated. Every member of staff always has a smile on their face (beneath their masks); it very much has that community-focused vibe.
What to eat
Salad selection with fritters or chicken schnitzel. At the deli end of the shop you'll find their daily changing selection of salads; anything from caramelised roasted pumpkin with seeds and feta to a fresh tabbouleh or lemon-spiked greens. Pair with their veggie fritters or chicken schnitzel for a super yummy yet healthy lunch.
Their house paninis that, again, change regularly. However, you can always expect top-quality bread filled with some delicious filling combos such as artichoke hearts, taleggio cheese, green olive tapenade, spinach and pickles - trust us it works.
Cornflake cookies. If you're fancying something to pair with your coffee a homemade cornflake cookie really does the trick. Harking back to days of lunchboxes, these are a nostalgic treat not to miss.
What to drink
Coffee. As mentioned, you really can't go wrong with AllPress coffee. Oxford Larder's baristas are highly skilled (even by Melbourne standards), so you can expect a great caffeine fix every time.
Mimosas and bloody mary's. If you're heading out on the weekend, be sure to pick up one of their pre-bottled brunch cocktails - who needs a bottomless brunch anyway?
What to buy
Gorgeous homewares. As we're spending more time at home, why not take your home cooking to the next level with some of Oxford Larder's wares.
Some hand sanitiser. If you're sick of hand sanitisers that sting or dry out your hands, check out their artisan selection from local businesses.
So now you know what to order, you're ready to have a great work lunch or coffee break, right? Be sure to check out their Instagram to see more of their offering and visit them if they're in your 5km (for now anyway)!
We'll be posting about more of our favourite local Melbourne spots over the coming months and encourage you to support local!