While its humble beginnings are hotly contested, the cob loaf—a hollowed-out bread and dip situation—has been around for about a century and is no doubt one of the most delicious party-pleaser carb-stacked creations of all time.
Cob loaf has recently been entering a renaissance of sorts, with cob enthusiasts growing by the day (side note: a small town near Dubbo holds an annual cob festival). Once declared Australia's daggiest dish, the sort you might find in a Christmas episode of Kath and Kim, 2019 was really the year of the cob with explosive new variations and fillings blowing up on social media (lasagne, butter chicken and fondue, for example).
Even so, cob loaf is largely an at-home DIY dinner party sort of thing, so it's actually pretty hard to find cob on the menu at Sydney cafes and restaurants—that is, until now. We have unearthed a Revesby eatery with a monthly feast dedicated to cob loaf. Enter Young Mug Cafe.
Located in south-west Sydney, by day Young Mug creates tasty cafe staples like breaky burgers, eggs benedict and avocado on toast. And once a month (by night), Young Mug Cafe hosts a full-blown cob loaf dinner with a tonne of next-level fillings worth getting excited for.
Fillings change month-to-month—with previous cob nights covering off spaghetti-packed cobs, seafood chowder, nacho-filled cobs with sour cream and even a drool-worthy shepherd's pie loaf piled with tender meat, creamy mash and lashings of gravy.
These feasts kick-off at the start of every month, but the only way to find out what the next cob loaf combo will be is to keep track of Young Mug’s socials.
The next cob night instalment is set to land this coming Friday 6 March. Fillings this month will be creamy chicken and mushroom cob, and a vegan shakshuka cob. If that's not a great way to kick off your weekend, we don't know what is.
What: Young Mug Cafe Cob Night
When: Friday 6 March, 5pm, 6.45pm and 8pm seatings
Where: Young Mug Cafe, Revesby
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