We Checked Out Melbourne’s First Anime Dessert Bar

By Ben Tyres
5th Mar 2018

Forget Edison lights, raw timber tables and industrial black beams—One Plus Piece offers freakin’ cultural excursion.

Based off the intricately complicated world of One Piece, a popular Japanese manga and anime series, One Plus Piece is crammed with iconography. Think: arm-length murals, poster-covered coffee machines, figures, stickers, books and a themed menu.


If anime isn’t your thing (who are you), the copious selection of burgers and rich shakes will get you in the car.

Disclaimer: every menu item looks like it popped right off your Insta feed and straight onto your plate. Naughtier choices include the Northern Fried Chicken Burger, with sriracha and maple glazed bacon, slaw, pickles, waffle cut fries, and wasabi mayo. It’s the perfect fusion of Americana with spice and flavour.

The Duck Benedict is another favourite, with succulent slow cooked duck on a house made waffle. Topped with poached eggs, spicy hollandaise and a bacon crumble, you can wash it down with the Red Hair shake (it’s a loaded monster of a strawberry shake with caramel pudding, chocolate cake, and long strips of fairy floss hair to finish).

Like a true well-rounded Melbourne café, One Plus Piece has plenty of tasty healthy options. The dragon fruit smoothie bowl will rival the other dishes in not only its magical appearance but its flavours. Completely dairy free, dragonfruit, banana, mango, strawberry, peach, coconut milk, goji berry, cacao nibs, bee pollen, coconut flakes, chocolate protein granola and chia seeds all combine giving you a guilt free sweet treat!

Down on Whitehorse Road Balwyn the café itself is clustered amongst the other shops on the strip and is easy to miss. Once your inside you’ll know you’ve arrived with the high ceilings and eclectic collection of all things One Piece including large scale wall murals and wallpaper features. The outdoor section has a full timbered deck to hop aboard and enjoy some goodies in the sun or just take five.

Image credit: Griffin Simm for The Urban List. 

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by One Plus Piece and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy. 

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