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Restaurant Meets Design 120: Café Melba, Australia

By Nogarlicnoonions @nogarlicnoonion

In a lush green field, under tall and ancient shade trees, a contemporary country cabin beckons with aromas of wholesome cooking, coffee and the soft sounds of gentle conversation.

Restaurant Meets Design 120: Café Melba, Australia

In appearance, modern Australia vernacular speaks of an easy, elegant lifestyle, with daylight filtering through the 4-metre high timber louvered windows to a comfortable, rustic yet elegant interior.

Restaurant Meets Design 120: Café Melba, Australia

The Café Melba story began with a romantic notion and a walk through the garden of 90 Goodman (the former LaSalle College of the Arts).

The old basketball court was perfectly positioned as a backdrop to the panorama of lush grass and giant stands of Angsana the perfect setting for a new, single-storey café-restaurant. Away from the city, yet close enough for lunch, evening drinks or a late breakfast with your (girl) friends (after the morning ‘school-run’).

Restaurant Meets Design 120: Café Melba, Australia

Air-conditioned interiors speak of a sophisticated country feel with oiled timber floors, exposed trusses and earth toned fabrics. The raw concrete bar top is capped in polished timber-perfect for drinks in preparation for your alfresco evening on the terrace.

On Sundays – the perfect family brunch location! Sit back, relax and watch the kids tumble on the grass or play frisbee in the field.


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