Greetings café lovers!
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I recently caught up with two of my University friends, Maddy and Flick and we decided to go and try out Bawa café in Hawthorn. The last café we went to was Muharam which is only a few 100 metres down the road. We arrived bright and early on a Sunday morning and Bawa was already filled with people. We were lucky to find a table. If we had arrived any later than 9 am, we would have had to line up and wait.
I found parking relatively easily at that time of the morning (9am), but I think that as the morning progresses you might find it quite challenging. There are a number of parking spots along Burwood Road and down the side street surrounding the café.
Both Maddy and Flick seemed to enjoy their time at Bawa, but I didn’t find it value for money. The meals are all very small and this café is a lot more expensive than others in the Hawthorn/Camberwell area.
So I personally wouldn’t go back unless they increased the size of their meals or dropped their prices.
FOOD & DRINKS
Bawa has an interesting menu, with a number of interesting dishes that you won’t find anywhere else. With a good selection sweet and savoury, you might have a difficult time trying to pick your favourite one.
Bawa does have a ‘kids menu’, but it only has one breakfast option. So if you are taking a small child, you might want to pick a café that has more.
The following menu photos were taken in September 2016 and therefore the menu might have changed since then.
I ordered a cappuccino and I thought that it was ok. The flavours were good and the consistency was rich and creamy, but the coffee was cold when it arrived at the table.
Coffee rating: 3/5
Maddy ordered the Chilli Scrambled Eggs, with pickled mushrooms, kaiserfleisch (type of ham) and reggiano on toast, with a side of avocado.
Maddy said that the dish was absolutely on delicious!! The chilli in the scrambled egg mix added an incredible depth of flavour, making it more interesting than others she’s had in the past. The addition of the avocado was exactly what the dish needed. It added freshness and helped to cut out some of the richness of the scrambled eggs and the kaiserleisch.
The crunch of the toast and the fluffiness of the eggs were like a match made in heaven.
I ordered the Jaffa Dutch Pancake, with chocolate truffle, orange jam and mascarpone berries. First of all, I thought that it was plated really beautifully. I loved all the different colours of the fruit against the golden brown of the pancake.
The chocolate truffle was great! It was smooth, silky, and added an incredible flavour when paired with the orange jam.
Yet I was utterly disappointed with what I received. I definitely felt that this meal was a waste of money. It was the smallest serving I have EVER received at a café; I don’t even think a child would have been full after eating this. The pancake was so small and thin that it was like eating air. I felt that they should be giving you more than one pancake when they are so small and thin. Other cafés, not only in the area but the whole of Melbourne, give you more for the same price.
Let’s be honest, I will never order this dish again, as I felt there was no value for money here. I actually had to get something else to eat on my way home.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
There are a number of tables inside Bawa, but they are usually quite busy so you need to be there really early, otherwise you’ll have to line up and wait for a table.
I really liked the booths next to the window, as we all found them really comfortable and it gave us more privacy. We all thought that there was a very relaxed feeling within the café.
There are also a number of tables outside, which would be fantastic during the warmer months.
We felt as if we could sit there and drink coffee and chat for ages. But, as they were getting quite busy, we felt pressured to leave.
The employee’s were all relatively friendly and welcomed us all with a hearty hello and a warm smile.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT BAWA
Address: 248 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9819 6701
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 6/10
Have you visited Bawa café before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,