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Cake and Spice

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Published September 13th 2015
Budget and Spice and all things nice
Where can you get well priced authentic Sri Lankan and German food, hearty English Breakfasts, slices, cakes and biscuits all in the one cafe?

Cake and Spice Cafe
Spices and Pulses

There's a little known laneway in Bayswater called Macauley Place. It's a short walk from Bayswater station and overshadowed by the Bayswater Shopping Centre. When you find the lane, an orange sign will catch your eye with 'Cake and Spice Cafe' in black. You've found it.

Cake and Spice Cafe
Cakes, Slices and Biscuits

Cake stands for Ruwan, a professional Pastry Chef who during the week shares his knowledge and skills by teaching at the William Angliss Institute and when not, he finds time each week to make the cakes, slices and biscuits for the cafe.

Spice stands for Damayanthi who each day, freshly prepares the authentic Sri Lankan meals served at lunch which are gluten free. Together, this husband and wife team have created Cake and Spice Cafe, a unique fusion of East and West.

Cake and Spice Cafe
Cakes and Slices

Ruwan has been working as a Pastry Chef for over 20 years. He has gained international experience and undergone training in Europe and the Middle East. If you like Black Forest cake, you must try his as it's made from a secret home recipe he picked up while in Germany.

Cake and Spice Cafe
Black Forest Cake

You have from 8.30am to 3.30pm to have breakfast, lunch or stop for cake and coffee. Locals often call in to buy their dinner to take home. All meals and cakes are prepared from scratch with no additives or preservatives allowed. Ruwan and Damayanthi are vigilant about this as their son has reactions to additives in food.

Cake and Spice Cafe
Cake and Spice Cafe

Damayanthi grinds and mixes her own spice blends. She honours her traditional Sri Lankan recipes and ingredients, so you get the real deal. No sweeteners or pre made sauces are used. Curries are mild to hot and if it's not hot enough for you, ask for Damayanthi's fried peppers to accompany your dish.

Cake and Spice Cafe
Three Veg Curry with Papadum

Cake and Spice Cafe
Fried peppers

The natural sweetness of the fresh vegetables regularly bought from market sing with the spices. The vibrant colours of the vegetables and the delicate fragrances greet you as the plate arrives. Damayanthi expertly balances the ingredients allowing for each scent and flavour to be recognised in its own right. She brings the food to diners with a calm and grace that is meditative to watch. Lunch dishes start at $10.50. Popular curries are Eggplant, Sweet Potato, Beetroot, Lentil and Vegetable. Meat curries are made from chicken, beef or lamb.

Cake and Spice Cafe
Meat and Vegetable Curries

The Pan Roll is a chicken and potato mix, wrapped in a pancake, coated in egg, crumbed and deep fried.

Cake and Spice Cafe
Pan Roll

If you don't feel like having a curry, there are English Breakfast options on the menu. Whilst I was having my three veg curry dish, Damayanthi whipped up two serves of sausage, eggs and bacon to rival any good B&B or city cafe. Breakfast dishes start from $6.90. Toasted sandwiches start at $4.50.

Cake and Spice Cafe
Cake and Spice Cafe

Tumeric is in most of the Sri Lankan dishes and customers come in asking specifically for dishes with this spice; 'because my doctor told me to' explained one regular to me. He ordered a trio vegetable curry dish to go with his bacon, eggs and sausages.

Cake and Spice Cafe
English Breakfast and Veg Curry

Alongside the curries and dahls on Wednesdays and Fridays, you have the additional western influence of traditional German food. The local residents from the nearby German retirement village come in droves on these two days, so expect the cafe to be packed during lunchtime.

Brigitte is the talented cook behind these authentic German meals consisting of a meat dish and vegetables with Knödel (dumplings). On other days you'll find dishes like Rissoles, Beef Goulash, Red Cabbage, Peas and Carrots in White Sauce, Stuffed Peppers, Bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes) and Meatloaf. The German lunch starts at $12.90.

Cake and Spice Cafe
Stuffed Peppers, Bratkartoffeln and Vegetables

Cake and Spice Cafe
German Lunch

Damayanthi tells me that many of her Sri Lankan customers come in for the German food and many of the German customers come in for Sri Lankan food. Everyone has cake. The word about Cake and Spice Cafe's good food is getting out and customers of all nationalities are arriving from further afield.

Cake and Spice Cafe
Damayanthi and Brigitte

Cakes are also available to order. Click here for their Facebook Page.

Cake and Spice Cafe
Cake and Spice Cafe
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Why? Great priced meals
When: 8.30am - 3.30pm
Phone: (03) 8201 6501
Where: Bayswater
Cost: Varies
Your Comment
The fried peppers looks like a delicious dish in itself.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12528) 1618 days ago
Sri Lankan, German & English at one place...sounds like the foods compliment each other. You had me at German chocolate cake:)
by Maria M (score: 2|661) 1617 days ago
This cafe sounds amazing. I am constantly heartened to hear about multiculturalism in Melbourne. I love being part of such a cosmopolitan city.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7865) 1618 days ago
This is a article about our cafe well don chef keep it up
by Niude (score: 0|4) 1609 days ago
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