Sipping on some vino lounged on our balcony this sunny sunday afternoon, is the perfect time to write about one of our absolute favourites.. that being Monk. Crammed up behind safeway in the beautiful area Balaclava hides this little vegan delight which we have got to know quite well.
We fell in love with this gem around a year and a half ago, while obsessing over their vegan granola served with almond milk and fresh berries. Monk definitely had struck us with their well known vegan spell, and we have been encapsulated by their meat free beauty ever since….
Squashed up on their tiny tables and their communal bench, you can’t help but feel a sense of community amongst your neighbours as you all devour Monks delicious vegan meals. To name a few of our stand out menu items… they would most definitely be the smashed avo and their mushroom dish. They are also known for their pancakes (which we are yet to try), and their heart warming chai lattes. But, our all time favourite feed would most definitely have to be their carrot cake. It is just so ridiculously good that we can not even begin to describe it. I MEAN.. HOW DO THEY GET IT SO SPONGY, CREAMY AND SWEET?! You simply have to go and try it to understand our feelings towards it.
You can certainly say that Monk attracts a crowd different from the norm. Vegan hippies, ‘clean eaters’ , yogis and the locals of Carlisle street like to sit and sip coffee at this room sized cafe.. oh and us the crazy avocado sisters of course.. You may see us there on sunday afternoons. We guess the crowd Monk attracts is what we really like about it. Makes it unique to the rest of the Melbournean cafes.
Finally, this cafe would not be a stand out if it weren’t for their outgoing, chatty and uttermost friendly vegan loving staff. They can make your day. Like they have made ours on several occasions.
So please just for us, go and try Monk. You will love it.
202 Carlisle street, Balaclava 3183