MELBOURNE | A friend of mine recently moved to Brunswick, and Lauren and I took him on a bit of a tour of our favourite spots for groceries and food in the neighbourhood. We popped into Ona for some coffee and Ovens Street Bakery for some bread, and were on our way to Russell’s for fruit and veg when we noticed something new. Of course we had to check it out.
The Ovens Street space, formerly a vacant lot, is now home to A Little Taste of Africa, which opened to the public literally a few minutes before I walked past. Turns out I was the first customer. As you can tell by the video, things were still being set up, but the essentials were up and running. Two food trucks, charcoal BBQs fired up, and friends and family to help out and support!
The two food trucks are Ama’s Delight, which sees Mame Baduwa Bai and her crew serving up authentic Ghanaian food, and Vola Foods where sisters Ashley and Kelly Vola and more are cooking up Cameroonian delights. You might recognise the sisters from Channel 7’s “Plate of Origin” from last year.
I absolutely loved the vibe. It reminded me of big family barbecues in the backyard, with everyone coming around to help out and cook up a feast. A real communal vibe and everyone was so friendly.
As for the food, it was all brilliant. Definitely grab all of what I ordered, especially the jollof rice. As I was so early, not everything on the menu was ready yet, but not to mind. Just another reason to return to try more, along with the live DJ sets that will be happening here.
Welcome to the neighbourhood A Little Taste of Africa. I can’t wait to come back.
A Little Taste Of Africa
30 Ovens Street
Mon – Sun: 12:00pm to 10:00pm