Cafe Melba @ Goodman Arts Centre

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Setting
Interior of Cafe Melba
Café Melba is one of those venues that perfectly fit the cliché of a hidden gem. By virtue of its ‘buried’ location in the space of a former basketball court in Goodman Arts Centre, it’s close to impossible to chance upon it unless you’re on premise (for a dance class, an art class or to visit an art gallery). And once you’ve discovered this glass wrapped beauty that boasts an industrial chic meets cool Oz. design featuring a partially open-concept kitchen, you’ll be so smitten that you’ll want to return again. Thankfully, the Mountbatten MRT station is just a heartbeat away for those who do not drive and for those who do, parking is a breeze.
What to expect?
Eggs Benedict @ Cafe Melba
The moniker Melba is an amalgamation of Melbourne and Asia but the casual fare here leans more towards western with a limited menu of all-day breakfast (this ‘brekke’ menu expands on weekends) like the toothsome eggs benedict with crispy home-cured bacon in lemon-accented hollandaise sauce. This is augmented, strangely enough, by just one Asian offering of beef rendang (beef in coconut milk, ginger and spices) that is, quite frankly, tasty enough to rival those offered in Malay/Indonesian restaurants.
Leveraging on his experience at Picotin, Kiwi executive chef, Kacey Whaitiri-Roberts brings on board a solid set of experience of catering to a wide range of tastes – there’s braised lamb shank on mashed potatoes and minted peas for carnivores, the crisp and airy Provençal tarte crowned with tomatoes, zucchini and goat’s cheese for vegetarians, the ‘must-have’ home-made squid ink vongole pasta for carb-lovers and an array of 9”, 12” and 16” pizzas for hungry kids and families. Even if you have no plans to dine, the delicious smoothies and coffee (order the affogato) will come in handy.
If you’re planning on being a ‘fixture’ here, ask about Café Melba’s discount card for regulars.
Café Melba | 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre | Tel: 65-6440 606818
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© Evelyn Chen 2013

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