I am an academic and writer living in Melbourne. I love to travel and I also love writing about all the things Melbourne, regional Victoria and other parts of Australia have to offer.
Published November 27th 2018
A welcome is always there
There are many cafes in the CBD, so to find one with a point of difference is quite a feat. But here it is, a small, unassuming, welcoming cafe with Uncle David at the helm. Here you will find good coffee (Allpress Espresso), wraps, some hot meals with an Asian influence, (they cater for vegans too), and a chance to experience the true Asian/Australian family atmosphere. Oh, and did I mention the yummy macarons made by Kitsune cakes?
Recently opened, Uncle David's cafe is Shop 8 in the inside part of 530 Little Collins Street amongst a number of restaurants and cafes serving the morning and lunchtime crowds from the CBD. The cafe has been a dream of Uncle David, who comes from the corporate world, for a while now. Ably supported by Sylvia and Robyn, both part of this friendly family, and with Makoto behind the coffee machine, this little cafe has already made its mark on this space. The Lee family is very used to catering for and hosting large groups of people in their home and so this seemed a natural step for someone with a love of cooking, hosting and welcoming people.
The gleaming new coffee machine waiting for action
It is a small cafe but that is its inherent appeal, it gives you a chance to observe and perhaps strike up a conversation with Uncle David when the cafe is not too busy. You can learn all about the family's history and ties to Malaysia, their move from suburbia to Melbourne city and their new venture in running this cafe. The food is authentic, home-made and delicious. Make sure you try the little chicken satay or vegan satay tarts, just the thing for a mid-morning snack.
No doubt there are some first-time challenges in running a cafe but the welcoming part is always there, it's part of the Lee family blueprint. So if you are in that part of the Melbourne why not pop in, have a coffee and a bite to eat and say hi to Uncle David. You will walk away with a smile on your face having experienced this little, simple but delicious cafe.