Frequenting and supporting small and local businesses such as cafes makes me feel good and is great for my local community. However, over the holidays this means all my usual’s are taking a well earned break and shutting up shop. So I’ve been searching for a great cafe where a Chai fix can be had over the Festive Season in Melbourne. At the very last moment I have found one!
Miss Marmalade is the stand out establishment in a strip recently regenerated shops on Union Street in Brunswick opposite the Union Hotel. An outdoor and undercover street area with lots of pretty flowers are the first thing you notice about the Miss. Beyond that there is plenty of indoor seating surrounded by exposed brickwork and hidden further inside is a backyard where children and dogs are welcomed.
But back to the Chai. I was offered two types, a Kama Sutra brewed pot and a Phoenix Chai latte. Times definitely are a’changing. The soy Chai latte was beautifully made, not too sweet and a decent head of froth. Accompanied by coconut sugar this brings a whole new experience to melting the sugar on top of my Chai.
The lunch Turkish bread #3 Poached free range chicken breast with chopped pistachios, celery, Italian parsley and aioli made with local lemons was sensational. Such a combination of flavours I have never discovered before.
Miss Marmalade will be open between the Christmas and New Years public holidays and then closed for a couple of weeks. I will endeavor to discover where else will be open for the left behind Melbourne masses.