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MELBOURNE | A cafe that been on my list since it opened in September last year is Mabu Mabu in Yarraville. Owner/chef Nornie Bero and business partner Hugo Lamb originally opened Mabu Mabu as a stall at South Melbourne Market before moving to their own premises a year later.

The cafe is unique, with a focus on indigenous Australian ingredients that are wild-harvested or responsibly farmed. There’s also a real focus on diversity, community engagement, and female and indigenous empowerment.

There’s a lot on the menu that I wanted to try, and it was hard to narrow it down to two options. My first choice was the purple yams with samphire and edamame smash, lemon aspen, and house damper with a side of cured wild boar bacon (pics one and two). A brilliant combination of exciting flavours and textures.

I also went for the native succulent slaw bush tacos, which can be done with desert spiced emu fillet, market fish, or desert spiced cauliflower. I chose the tender desert spiced emu fillet (pic three) and they were great.

There’s also an assortment of unique cakes and pasties to enjoy. To drink, there’s a variety of hot and cold drinks which follow the same philosophy as the food. The wattleseed latte (pic four) is wonderful, as is the desert lime granita (pic five).

You can also purchase a variety of sauces and spice mixes to bring home. I bought some of the desert spice mix, which I ground finely at home and used as a rub on some eggplant that night. I’ve subsequently used it on a variety of things, including some wonderful low and slow BBQ tri tip.

Mabu Mabu is definitely worth your time. It’s doing food that you won’t find anywhere else in town, and offers a fantastic opportunity to expose your tastebuds to something new.

Mabu Mabu

13 Anderson Street
Yarraville
Victoria 3013
Australia

Telephone: n/a
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Wed – Fri: 7:00am to 4:00pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00am to 4:00pm

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