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Hobba Coffee and Kitchen

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Published March 18th 2012
On a relatively quiet patch of Malvern road, in between Chapel Street and Williams Road, you should find Hobba.

Most places have the standard sized door, where patrons form long lines while they wait for a table. The great thing about Hobba is that they have these giant window shutters. Why is this good? People can spread out while they're waiting and if you're inside you get a lot of natural light, fresh air and a lovely view as well. Yes, it is one of those places where if there is more than 1 of you and it's a Saturday or Sunday you will have to wait at least 10 minutes.

Inside, Hobba is a large open brick warehouse with a communal table with a planter box in the middle which houses a tree. When I came here, there weren't many free tables, perhaps one or two spots for singles, but overall the whole place was pumping. Even though it was packed to the beams with people, coffee and food, no one was cramped or in an awkward spot.

It was time to see what coffee and kitchen treasures Hobba had in its kitchens of kitchens, its Synesso of Synessos.

Single Espresso. Bali Bagues Sekali. Single Origin
This espresso had honey like viscosity with a clean, dark chocolate coating on my tongue - light honeycomb tones made an appearance on my palate too. The body is amazing and its personality is the kind I'd like to take out for dinner and walk home to her doorstep.

Chermoula, braised chard baked omelette
Amazing. I have never had anything like this. A baked omelette, chermoula, coriander, chard (silverbeet), Kefalograviera cheese and dill!

The floor staff were fantastic. Polite, getting everything done, all knowledgeable, know their stuff and actually care about how your meal and coffee was.

I think this all speaks for itself, in a low, sultry voice that sticks to you like honey.
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Why? Food and coffee that you never knew existed.
When: Monday - Saturday: 7am - 5pm. Sunday 8am - 5pm
Where: 428 Malvern Rd, Prahran VIC 3181
Cost: $3.50 - $18.00
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