Boma Coffee, 127 Stephen Street, Yarraville.
The long-standing old fish and chip shop, opposite the vet where we take Boris, is no more.
In its place has arisen a swish-yet-welcoming cafe.
Boma Coffee, a sister outfit for Kodama Coffee in Williamstown, has quickly made itself right at home – just as a heap of happy customers are doing likewise in their new local.
The interior is compact and comfortable; and there are outside tables, too.
The menu (see below) is succinct – breakfast various ways plus a handful of heftier brunch/lunch items.
The latter all clock in at about $18.
I know that will be a beef with some people.
But we are by now used to paying that sort of money for this sort of food – at Bruger in Barkly Street, for example.
And, as I happily discover, the Boma Coffee food is excellent and worth every cent; and the serves are generous.
The beef burger ($18, top photo) looks like an austere outing given all the multi-layer architecture-inspired versions going around.
But simple is good – and this burger is very good.
Its has an Angus beef patty of chewy, tasty delight, along with cheese, tomato, lettuce, ketchup and mustard.
Importantly, the dill pickle atop is crunchy and sour.
The waffle fries are OK.
Honestly, waffle fries appear to be a new gimmick.
I just wish people would stop.
Give me spuds – or something closely approximating them – every time.
Still, this a fine burger that delivers deep pleasure through simplicity and great ingredients.
Well, we can’t really get with that concept, either.
To us, super food is something that tastes bloody fantastic.
But the Boma Coffee superfood salad ($18) wins me over with similar elan.
I might expect Bennie “Salad Boy” Weir to be a fan of this.
Except it has kale.
Indeed, my salad does sport a vibe that is perilously close to ernest.
I keep on glancing at my feet, expecting to find myself wearing sandals. With socks.
As well, the salad’s ingredient are all finely chopped, finding themselves just a few degrees short of being a smoothie.
But the kale (yes!), quinoa, roasted corn, black turtle beans, tomato, avocado, toasted almonds and salted ricotta, all with a tangy japapeno and lime dressing, go down an absolute lip-smacking treat.
My bowl is empty and shiny when I finish the lot.
As you’d expect at a cafe that has the word “coffee” in its name, my cafe latte ($4) is terrific and has me gaily chirruping like a spink in spring.
Boma Coffee is on a for-sure winner in terms of location.
Suitably removed from the congestion of Ballarat and Anderson streets, and with a good distance to Woven (in one direction) and Fig and Walnut (in the other).