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Monk Bodhi Dharma

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by Aloo (subscribe)
Melbourne has so much to offer. I love experiencing new places and events and sharing them with you. I have an interest in gluten free, vegan and vegetarian diets so I will let you know if you these can be catered for in my reviews.
Published February 19th 2013
You will be back
It's worth travelling across town for Monk Bodhi Dharma. It's a hidden little cafe behind the main street shops, and I reckon once you have found it, you too may become a regular.

The coffee is brewed on site. It is seasonal and fresh, mostly single origin. There are many options of coffee, such as:
Bolivia San Juan 8 Stars
Kenya Makwa
Guatemala Finca El Limonar
El Salvador Santa Isabel Cup of Excellence #17
Of course, you can just ask for a coffee and you will get a beautiful brew. You can also buy the beans to get your fix at home.

Beautiful ambience


You could order anything on the menu and I am sure you will be impressed. I've been there a few times and my companions and I have been 'wowed' every time.

We ordered the sweetcorn hotcakes which were beautifully presented and tasted amazing.

Sweetcorn hotcakes served with slow roasted cherry tomatoes, house made basil pesto & sour cream


The buckwheat apple pancakes served with cinnamon ice cream, maple syrup, vanilla bean whipped cream and dehydrated apple chips is gluten free, and can be made vegan and is amazing.

Apple buckwheat pancakes with cinnamon ice-cream and more


Items on the menu are marked for your dietary requirements:
gf = gluten free or gluten free adaptable
vg = denotes vegan or vegan adaptable
sf = sugar & soy free

Monk's is a nice place to sit. It has that rustic feel with the exposed brick walls. Cute flowers are on tables. The staff are friendly, but a little vague.

They have an all day breakfast and lunch menu and at the moment are open on Friday nights. The menus are available online if you wish to drool.

Last time I was there on a weekday and enjoyed it a little more because it wasn't packed as it is on the weekends. You may have to wait for a seat. That's a testament to its popularity though. A hit with the locals and visitors alike.

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Why? Wonderful food that will have you coming back for more
When: Monday to Friday 7am - 5pm / Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 8am - 5pm / Dinner only on Friday
Phone: 9534 7250
Where: Rear 202 Carlisle St, Balaclava VIC 3183 Australia
Cost: Moderate
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