Note: The Left Handed Chef has since transformed into a rather fantastic Israeli restaurant, focusing on the food of Ehud’s heritage and childhood. You can find the updated write-up here.
MELBOURNE | The Left-Handed Chef South Melbourne is a cute little cafe run by owner and chef Ehud Malka (yes the left-handed one) and Holly Smith. The City Lane was invited to see what it was all about, and were happy to take the opportunity to venture south of the Yarra, which is something we don’t do often enough. We’d heard tales about some of the more non-conventional breakfast items on the menu and when we sat down and took a look at what was on offer there was one item that stood out in particular, an item that we knew we had to order. The item in question was a ridiculously stacked waffle on the specials board that consisted of 2 waffles topped with cheese, bacon, 2 pieces of fried chicken, avocado, chunky mayo and… kale. It came onto the table and was huge yet surprisingly it wasn’t as heavy or as unbalanced as one might expect – it was actually really good.
To balance things out we went for the “superfood bircher” which was a generous serving of oats, chia seeds and dried fruit soaked in coconut milk instead of regular milk which gave it a lighter element that normal. Topped with seeds, fresh fruit and coconut shavings it was the perfect counterbalance to the beast that was the waffle. Coffee and juices are tasty – nothing special, but decent.
There are a range of cakes and pastries on offer too, and we couldn’t help but take away one of the famous “waffle doughnuts” for later on. Imagine a traditional cinnamon doughnut, but replace the doughnut with a waffle. What you end up with is something super crispy due to all of the extra surface area that’s utterly divine. Despite being full and it only being 15 minutes since leaving, once we started eating the waffle doughnut we couldn’t stop until it was completely finished.
All in all, the Left-Handed Chef occupies a simple space with friendly staff and a mixture of common and uncommon cafe, breakfast and lunch options. No wonder it’s become a favourite amongst locals.
The Left-Handed Chef
219 Park Street
Telephone: (03) 9645 5800
Mon: 7:30am to 3:30pm
Tue: 7:30am to 12:00pm
Wed – Fri: 7:30am to 3:30pm
Sat – Sun: 8:30am to 3:00pm