Turkish bagels, simit sandwiches, and handmade gozleme. Such is the food offering at Botany’s newest joint, a food venture from the team behind the CBD’s Middle Eastern eatery Above Par.
Dubbed Malika Bakehouse, when compared to its sibling venue in the city, this new Botany Road cafe meets Turkish bakery spoils your taste buds when it comes to the breakfast and brunch offerings. Taking up space in the old Deluca Coffee haven, Malika has gone and doused the open-plan interiors with splashes of buttery orange and dark green. Natural concrete flooring spans inside, while booth seating frames the dining area and outdoor tables line the big open window that looks out onto plenty of foot traffic and the main road.
Leaning into a new school kind of bakery, taking up some serious real estate on Malika’s front counter is always a fresh selection of daily baked pastries which, so far, have sold out before noon. Filling out the cabinets is borek, various flavours of baklava (including chocolate and Lotus Biscoff), salty-seeded muffins called corek, savoury bread known as pogaca, and soft Turkish bagels you’ll know as acma.
Around the perfect snack line-up, you’ll find a menu with heftier dishes perfect for brunch. Turkey’s national breakfast dish, simit with a number of sandwich fillings, makes a cameo as does the likes of one-pan eggs, handmade gozleme, and kofte plates pumped with Turkish-style meatballs, muhammara, bulghur rice, and lavash.
Unsurprisingly, there are six different kinds of brewed coffee, and one of these looks like Malika’s very own Turkish coffee blend.
Image credit: Malika Bakehouse