Paying homage to the simple onion bhaji from which their fathers business grew, combined with the influence of Melissa’s recent travels in India, their thali café began to take shape.
For Melissa, it was not only the flavours and freshness of indian food that inspired her, but the style and versatility of the cuisine.
They worked on a simple menu that has the flexibility to change every day – thalis, small plates wraps, salads, fresh juices and, of course their famous bhaji.
Soon they were bursting at the seams and they hated turning customers away. It was time to move on to larger premises.The new space is airy and bright – Melissa’s love of design has once again created one warmth and vitality through fabrics, and colours, music and light.
In the kitchen, Matt has handed over lots of the cooking to Nikki, whose creativity with spices aromatics has kept their loyal customers coming back time and time again. Ruby, a key part of the team from the start, is usually the one behind those irresistible juices and fresh salads. Not forgetting Matt and Melissa’s mum Pat, who makes the fresh desserts daily – customers come down there specifically for Pat’s cheesecakes.