You know that overwhelming urge, the one that comes suddenly on a Sunday afternoon around 4:00, for a buckwheat sandwich and some crepes?
And then comes that crushing disappointment with the knowledge that no place houses both these beautiful dreams under one roof. And finally, the familiar ache that turns into quiet sobs as you pick at your beans and toast.
DRY YOUR TEARS, CAMBERWELL!! A MIRACLE HAS COME TO CHURCH STREET!!
Tucked under unassuming blue awnings is a tiny little paradise – a new café called Maloko, on the corner of Camberwell Church Street and Camberwell Grove lane. The décor is simple but unique – the floor bursts with colour, green drums for tables, coffee bags for a ceiling. It’s light and airy and filled with happy vibes.
The owner’s usually there to greet you, a young guy bursting with smiles and good wishes. His joy in opening the new business, and hope for its success, is palpable and catching.
Crepes, crepes, beautiful crepes – crepes filled with chocolate, lemon, Grand Marnier, with unicorns and sunshine.
And yes, buckwheat sandwiches filled with cheese, spinach, yams – vegetarian stuff. The coffee is quite good (this coming from a coffee snob) – I had a macchiato and was well pleased.
The prices are typical Camberwell – cheap! And Maloko has great hours – everyday from about 8am to 10pm-ish – though I’m sure this will adjust with time, I’m hoping it doesn’t.
Because that buckwheat urge can strike at any time.