Quint cafe is located on the Abbotsford side of Victoria St on the corner of Nicholson St. I think the stylish art deco building used to be a pub. It’s next door to the new development that contains Aldi and Woolworths supermarkets, and is an example of the significant gentrification that is beginning on this section of Victoria St.
Quint has a large interior with a mixture of tables and sofas. The menu is generic, nothing fancy, and you may not assume it from its appearance but they make a good coffee. I ordered eggs benedict and while it was simply presented it was very tasty – the eggs were fresh and perfectly cooked. My meal took some time to come but a table that had arrived well after me got their meals just after I did. I had arrived before 8am and it was quiet then, though traffic was starting to pick up with people coming in for takeaway coffee and the staff were beginning to seem more lively.
Quint is better than I expected given the rubbish astroturfing comments syndicated on its Google place page. No other food blogs have reviewed it. Two blocks north on Nicholson St is the popular 3 Bags Full cafe, which is one of the fashionable ‘third wave’ coffee providers in Melbourne. That’s tough competition for Quint to have but I think over time it may find its niche, particularly as the local population rises thanks to new apartment developments.