MELBOURNE | Ima Project Cafe is a Carlton cafe that’s serving up breakfasts and lunches with twists you find elsewhere in Melbourne.
The Japanese inspired cafe is owned by Japanese interior designer Asako Miura and her partner chef James Spinks (ex Supernormal, Quay, and Sake). The food menu features Australian brunch favourites with a Japanese twist, along with more traditional Japanese fare.
Throughout every aspect of the cafe, there’s a focus on sustainability, ethical produce and waste management. Produce considered too “ugly” for sale is used, and almost everything is composted or recycled.
Avocado on toast is anything but standard here, with Cobb Lane sourdough topped with nori paste, crispy kale, avocado and house made furikake. The perfectly cooked optional onsen egg is listed as an optional extra, order it. The baked eggs meanwhile, contain a umami rich red miso tomato sugo, mushrooms, and sourdough crumbs. They’re a real highlight.
Other dishes include things like a prawn katsu burger, onigiri rice balls, and a “Japanese breakfast” of market fish with miso soup, pickles and a side. Drinks include Proud Mary coffee, Mork hot chocolate, and an assortment of teas, sodas, kombucha, and Japanese inspired cocktails. Definitely not your typical Melbourne cafe.
Ima Project Cafe
169 Elgin Street
Telephone: (03) 9348 1118
E-mail: [email protected]
Mon, Wed – Fri: 7:00am to 4:00pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00am to 3:30pm