Melba locals rally around their brand new Café MAMÉ

Michelle Taylor 4 May 2020 72

Café MAMÉ is next to Melba IGA. Photos: Michelle Taylor.

Sunshine warms the crisp autumn morning. Several Melba locals bask in these sun-drenched pockets of the courtyard as they wait outside Café MAMÉ, anticipating a morning coffee and pastries.

Social distancing means only one patron at one time can be in the cafe, so owners Jiwoo and Amy ensure the cafe’s cheery tunes filter to those outside.

The morning-ritual sounds of brewing coffee drift comfortingly out, too. The snap, thud and drip of the coffee machine. The hiss of the steam wand teasing a jug of milk into froth. And what has lured us all here? The aroma of roasted coffee beans being ground into delicious submission.

MAMÉ is brand new, only four weeks old. And with COVID-19 restrictions, it is not the beginning Jiwoo and Amy hoped for. Yet, there is real joy and warmth in their smiles and their easy rapport with customers. Locals are delighted that MAMÉ has opened in Melba Court and are backing them with enthusiastic patronage.

Jiwoo and Café MAMÉ's barista

Jiwoo and Café MAMÉ’s barista.

“The massive support from our community makes Amy and I feel grateful and blessed,” Jiwoo says. “We will give back to them, with the best that we can offer. The hospitality industry is all about people. This is our industry and we would like to bring joy to our community by providing good food, drinks and service.”

MAMÉ is their first independent venture together, Jiwoo says, but the pair met and fell in love when they both worked as chefs at Courgette restaurant. They bring that skill-set to their café.

The line out the door is not just because of MAMÉ’s great coffee. The pastries at MAMÉ are always changing and one glance at their Instagram page is enough to see that this is not home-style baking.

Pastries and desserts

Amy putting out some of her pastries and desserts.

Salted anglaise dacquoise, Nutella brownie, canelé and lemon coconut cake were available on the day I visited but the freshly baked hot cross buns had just sold out. Amy and Jiwoo bake everything in-house except for the croissants, which they order in from Sonoma.

“Amy and I like to bake anything tasty, and if you have something so good then you want to share it with your family or friends,” Jiwoo says with a big grin. “That’s what motivates us to create. We love making good things and sharing. That’s it.”

Here is what I ate.

Amy’s salted anglaise dacquoise is a filled meringue sandwich. Chew through feather-light layers of almond and hazelnut meringue to sink your teeth into the smooth salted buttercream and fresh strawberries sandwiched between. That salted creamy filling is to die for.

The Nutella Brownie is rich, fudgy discs of brownie stuck together with a smooth Nutella cream filling.

Like a plate of Mediterranean sunshine, my grilled vegetable and pesto toastie is bursting with the mellow flavours of zucchini and eggplant, the sweetness of red onion and the zing of capsicum. Spread with a rich herbed hit of pesto, the deliciousness is all held together by firm, toasted bread.

I nearly, very nearly, did not buy a plain friand. Thank goodness I did. Behind this unassuming little pastry is the touch of a master’s hand. It is impossibly light, with delicate moist crumbs inside, and the most satisfying buttery crunch and chew to its exterior. This is my favourite friand of all time.

Of course, the coffee is great, too. And those big smiles from Jiwoo and Amy, which drew me into MAMÉ in the first place as I walked past with my groceries one day.

“We just love what we do,” Jiwoo says, “and hope everyone is safe and we are back to normal soon. We cannot wait to serve you all in-house. We love you, Melba!”

Coffees by Café MAMÉ

Coffees by Café MAMÉ.

Café MAMÉ is located at Shop 2/4-6 Melba Ct in Melba. Its deliciousness caters to vegans and other dietary requirements.

Opening hours are: 6:30 am to 3:00 pm from Monday to Friday, and 7:30 am to 3:00 pm on weekends. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see their latest tasty creations.

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72 Responses to Melba locals rally around their brand new Café MAMÉ
Jessica Nairn Jessica Nairn 11:07 pm 02 May 20

Rachael Sneddon melba got cool!

Michelle Loggie Michelle Loggie 9:49 pm 30 Apr 20

Gena lets walk here tomorrow for a coffee ☕️

Ash Jay Ash Jay 9:21 pm 30 Apr 20

Steven Trumble let's run here on the weekend ?

Bec Scholes Bec Scholes 10:24 pm 29 Apr 20

Ryan Scholes New weekend local 🥰

Jennifer Elsey Jennifer Elsey 8:51 pm 29 Apr 20

Mel is this the one you were chatting about?

    Mel Bray Mel Bray 8:59 pm 29 Apr 20

    Jennifer Elsey yeap.. Next time here we can walk there

Paula Ogilvie Paula Ogilvie 8:04 pm 29 Apr 20

Darcy Coughlan - have you seen this?

    Darcy Coughlan Darcy Coughlan 8:25 pm 29 Apr 20

    Paula Ogilvie yes I missed out on applying, it's next to the Thai place

Rachel Martin Rachel Martin 7:48 pm 29 Apr 20

I went there on Sunday .... best bacon and egg roll EVER ! Ben I didn’t believe you at first, you win !!!!

Michelle D'Arx Michelle D'Arx 7:30 pm 29 Apr 20

Vicki, we should go here when We are allowed. Just near you!

Euphrasia Ying Euphrasia Ying 6:40 pm 29 Apr 20

Bronwyn Jolly should we go on Saturday?

Sarah Clark Sarah Clark 6:09 pm 29 Apr 20

The team at Café MAMÉ are awesome! The coffee is on point and must say the ginger bread is a hit with miss 4!

Frank Herbert Larkin Frank Herbert Larkin 3:17 pm 29 Apr 20

Ashlee W. Larkin not too far away

Bronte Charmaine Bronte Charmaine 2:23 pm 29 Apr 20

Sausage roll was amazing! Love this place ☺️

Nicole Thomson Nicole Thomson 1:31 pm 29 Apr 20

Leesha Jayne love this place!!!

    Leeshy Jayne Leeshy Jayne 7:59 pm 29 Apr 20

    Nicole Thomson looking forward to bumping into you there again!

Michelle O'Brien Michelle O'Brien 10:28 am 29 Apr 20

Stephanie Pls research

    Stephanie Playford Stephanie Playford 1:56 pm 29 Apr 20

    Michelle have been. Can vouch👌👌

Hilary Pertile Hilary Pertile 10:26 am 29 Apr 20

Mark Pertile - so close and yet so far...

Nicola Elliott Nicola Elliott 10:06 am 29 Apr 20

Karen Elliott we gotta try the toastie🤤

Julia Taylor Julia Taylor 9:43 am 29 Apr 20

Great coffee & music to sip it to, the best tasty E&B rolls, home made cakes & slices, perfect location, & good old fashion customer service ... not such a secret anymore now that us bus drivers are discovering it - which says it all ! 🚌🙋🏻‍♀️

Georgie Horner Georgie Horner 9:23 am 29 Apr 20

Amazing work Ji and Amy!!

Melissa Smith Melissa Smith 9:20 am 29 Apr 20

Megan Sparke Megahanna Longbottom coffee and treats!

    Megahanna Longbottom Megahanna Longbottom 11:18 am 29 Apr 20

    Melissa Megan - let’s lock it in!!!

Jess Jopling Jess Jopling 8:31 am 29 Apr 20

Krissy and Thomas, around your way.

    Krissy McCombe Krissy McCombe 8:35 am 29 Apr 20

    Jess Jopling already on it! I have been walking down for coffee on my 'recess' breaks!

    Thomas Flannery Thomas Flannery 8:57 am 29 Apr 20

    Jess Jopling yeah we've given them a go. Not too bad. Their food looks alright.

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