Monk Bodhi Dharma, Balaclava, Melbourne
We had our official first flat brunch, and it was over at neighbourhood haunt Monk Bodhi Dharma. This has been on my list for a good amount of time, it’s notable for it’s specialist vegan and vegetarian brunch options.
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I had no idea that Monk Bodhi Dharma was here in Balaclava! It’s on a side street from the main road so you’d have to know that you were looking for it. That being said it’s a busy little place and we had to wait outside for a little bit before we could get in. They do takeaway coffees too, and based on our experience these more than hold up.
I think on this Sunday there was a special (70s?) dress up day, but the staff definitely looked what you’d expect from a hipster vegan brunch eatery! Friendly and we felt looked after despite a busy lunch service.
We all decided to get some nibbles in addition to our coffee, the menu has some neat options amongst the usual. I went for the Banana Dharma Pancakes ($19.50). These buckwheat pancakes are served with a vegan ice-cream, cream, maple and fruit.
Not super huge compared to some other pancakes I’ve recently had but they’re real yum. I think it’s a bit more pricey than other brunch places but then it’s vegan so that contributes to things. It’s a scrumptious vegan ice-cream and you won’t feel bad eating it all up yourself.
My flatmate went for the Hungry Jimbo ($18.50). This dish features polenta bread, Vegemite, avocado, goat’s cheese (or almond feta) and roasted tomatoes. I didn’t sample so can’t offer an opinion here, but she looked to have enjoyed it and it was all cleaned up.
Coffees were all good at Monk Bodhi Dharma and you get the option for soy or fancy normal milk without any surcharge. We liked our experience at this cool vegan/ vegetarian cafe. Whether or not that’s your diet, it’s still a Balaclava institution worth checking out on a weekend morning.