Bawa Cafe

The newest café from the brunching heavyweights behind Pillar of Salt, Barry and Three Bags Full opens in Hawthorn.

Price

$$$$$

Where

248 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Hours

Mon – Fri: 7am – 4pm. Sat & Sun: 8am – 4pm

Phone

9819 6701

Good for

  • specialty coffee
  • brunch
  • small groups
  • architecture enthusiasts
  • health enthusiasts
  • gluten free options
  • vegetarian options
  • vegan options

For those not totally up to date with the history of Sri Lankan architects, Geoffrey Bawa is quite a famous one. The man created his own signature brand of ‘tropical modernism’, which focuses on bringing the beauty of natural landscapes into man-made structures. BAWA café has not only taken on the name of the architect himself but have also paid homage to his craft by creating a space that reflects Bawa’s signature aesthetic.

The open plan space is characterised by its large front windows that can completely open when Melbourne’s weather is permitting, streaming fountains of light on bleary eyed brunch goers. ‘Tropical Modernism’ is personified in the overgrowth of greenery hanging from the overhead light fittings and is further emphasised by touches of nature throughout the café, which comes in the form of hanging art work and carefully placed plants and succulents. There is a small outdoor section for seating, plus indoor booths which are perfect for brunching get togethers with a few mates.

Drawing from the owners’ wealth of experience within Melbourne’s highly competitive brunch scene, the menu is just as exciting as you would expect. Instagram is already flooded with images of their take on unique eggs Benedict– luxurious braised pork with poached eggs and potato rosti doused with a gloriously green herb hollandaise. BAWA’s interpretation of Melbourne’s staple – the smashed avo – sees avocado paired with creamed corn, feta, lime and a hazelnut crumb (called Cazzette) that just happens to be specially imported from France. How fancy.

Even the café’s Duke’s coffee gets a shake up, resulting in their scientific masterpiece The Black Tonic. The Tonic combines espresso, tonic and lime to create a gravity defying caffeine hit. Their regular iced coffees are created with a special not-so-regular skim milk that is whipped into a frenzy and emulates a frappe. Gym junkies and health nuts can also breathe easy with the addition of super food ‘blended drinks’ on offer, featuring the usual culprits such a kale, chia, almond milk and coconut water to create a refreshing alternative wake-up drink for your weekend brunch

Price

$$$$$

Where

248 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Hours

Mon – Fri: 7am – 4pm. Sat & Sun: 8am – 4pm

Phone

9819 6701

Good for

  • specialty coffee
  • brunch
  • small groups
  • architecture enthusiasts
  • health enthusiasts
  • gluten free options
  • vegetarian options
  • vegan options
  1. 1Bawa Cafe
    248 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Melbourne

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