The Indian street food cafe Delhi Streets opened in the fast developing west end of the CBD in March in a lane with several other small food businesses. As I’m rather keen on Indian food I was eager to get there, and it seemed the perfect place for a light dinner before my first MIFF film this year.
My charming dining companion, a chef, had opinions about the kitchen and the design of the compact room. We sat side by side at a bar space looking in at the kitchen. My chef friend was impressed with how new and clean it looked, while I marvelled at the chef wearing a thick cardigan taking breads out of the tandoor without breaking into a sweat.
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The big sharps bin outside North Yarra Community Health is often mistaken for a charity donation bin, and clothes and toys are sometimes seen scattered around it. Yesterday it featured two frying pans, handles neatly symmetrical. I’m tempted to call it an installation.
Leche is new Latin American cafe on the edge of the Johnston St Hispanic strip, with Casa Iberica a couple of doors down and Los Amates just across the road. They make good coffee and have a short menu including arepas and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. My delicious chorizo and cheese arepa was only $8.
I’ve maintained an interest in this building for several years as an example of the complex issue of how spaces work as hospitality venues. This building has been the location of repeated closures in 2012, 2013 and earlier in 2015. It’s a puzzle and a situation that I think can be changed. I hope they do well.