Family connections run deep at this smart-yet-cosy 12-week-old operation off Chapel.

Is It

14:28:PM 22/09/2010
Leanne Tolra

Café

Family connections run deep at this smart-yet-cosy 12-week-old operation off the Chapel Street trail in Prahran. David Mileikowski’s father owns the building – a quaint weatherboard cottage in a row of houses overlooking the supermarket car park in Izett Street. When a medical tenant moved out, he encouraged David and David's partner, Jacqui Majzner, to set up a café. Mileikowski runs a personal-training business and Majzner is a school teacher-turned-caterer. They felt they had the perfect blend of people and food skills to create a successful café. “We had the building gutted. I worked as the owner-builder and brought in tradespeople to follow to our design,” he says. The result is a welcoming home away from home, attracting a steady band of regulars and a growing catering business. Artwork by Jacqui’s father, prominent painter Victor Majzner, and David’s sister-in-law, Lilach Mileikowski, a well-known ceramic artist, adorns the walls. The decision to use Coffee Supreme coffee pays homage to the couple’s other family – Nineteen Squares in St Kilda. “Jacqui and I are locals and we’ve always enjoyed the coffee there, so the decision to use the same brand was easy,” Mileikowski says.

Barista

The sudden loss of her head barista has given Majzner a renewed focus on the coffee side of her fledgling business. She hopes her background in food and catering will guide her as she extends her training and takes on a bigger share of the barista’s role. “I love making coffees and think it’s time to step up. But we’ll have to find a new head barista, so I can spend some time in the kitchen too,” she says. The coffee company selected by the café has given her quality training and, for Majzner, the flavour of the blend is all-important. “I’ve never had a Coffee Supreme coffee I didn’t enjoy,” she says. “It’s mellow, mild and never bitter.”

Sip this

Is It, 11 Izett Street, Prahran

Phone 9533 2904

Barista Jacqui Majzner

Coffee Coffee Supreme

Barista’s choice Caffe latte

Opening hours Daily 7.30am-4.30pm

Web www.isitcafe.com.au

The cream picket fence and Euro-inspired cane chairs on a high, tiled front verandah set the scene for this relaxed, stylish café. Inside, polished floating timber floors and dark timber tables and chairs are offset by crisp ivory walls, high ceilings, stunning watercolour impressions of the Bungle Bungles and other striking artworks. There’s a huge blackboard painted onto one wall featuring the daily menu, a table for eight in the centre of the front room, a couch tucked into an alcove and a fire blazing in the rear room. Outdoor seating along a graffiti-decorated sideway and huge orb light fitting add extra eye candy. The coffee is still being refined – my espresso (poured by the previous barista) was well extracted, featuring hints of chocolate and walnuts, but my flat white, unluckily, arrived too hot, its milk slightly burnt.

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