Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Bawa Cafe

Deciding on a whim to visit Bawa Cafe after a positive review on Broadsheet, we were greeted by the cafe's well-designed mixture of nature and interior design. The cafes decor is inspired by Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, who is known for his popularisation of tropical modernist architecture, a design style that blends modernist buildings with nature. The cafe's green and brown tones, as well as the array of plants throughout contribute to a interior that is reminiscent of nature despite Bawa's setting in suburban Hawthorn. Adorned on the walls are pieces of photographic art, including a beautiful pink modernist building surrounded by nature, and a road surrounded by forest foliage to further complete the reference to the Bawa inspired design style.

Bawa was bustling when we arrived, a twenty minute wait unsurprising considering the queue out the front of the cafe. Unmarred by the pretentiousness that often besets cafes in the Northern suburbs, Bawa provided delicious and unique food in an aesthetically pleasing environment. The menu provided was one of the best I've seen in a while, my normal indecision further impeded by the large number of delicious items to choose from. I decided to order the chilli scrambled eggs. The inclusion of kaiserfleich, a type of german bacon, helping me make this decision.

The coffees we ordered were good quality, and we also tried for our second round the coffee and tonic iced coffee, somewhat of a trend recently due to the hot summer months. It was very strong, almost too strong, but it was worth a try.

We spent a few hours there chatting between us, and with each hour the busy cafe emptied out until it was almost time for it to close. Sadly we left back to the clutches of the Northern suburbs, but not without a look back to Bawa in respect to the great food and coffee it provides.

Bawa Cafe 
248 Burwood Road, Hawthorn