Kappaya Japanese Soul Food Cafe
1 St Heliers St
Abbotsford, VIC 3067
03 9416 0070
Mr Frenchman suggested this Japanese cafe in Abbotsford Convent when we decided to catchup (after almost a year!) with Swells.
Ginger Sparkling Juice 4.5
Whenever I think about this convent, Abbotsford Bakery comes to mind and the monthly Farmers Market that’s held here, so I was happy to discover a little bit more about this place. Afterall, a Japanese-style brunch spot sounded pretty awesome!
Flat White 3.5
The setting was pretty open and pleasant despite the Sunday crowds, although it did get quite busy once it went past 12 noon. Following with the cafe’s healthy and sustainable food thinking, I sipped on a milky cup of Fairtrade Jasper Coffee.
Sake & ginger steamed chicken served in its own broth with Japanese dressing salad & 5 grain rice. Soy & sesame seeds dipping sauce $12.0
The brunch fare was pretty good. Here is Swell’s steamed chicken dish, which looked very wholesome and clean.
Poached egg, 5 grain rice, mushroom sauce, Japanese dressing salad and cup of miso soup $12.0
Mr Frenchman and I got this simple poached egg set that came with miso soup served in a teacup.
You can see Melbourne brunch influences here… with a perfectly poached egg (as opposed to an onsen egg) sitting atop a healthy carb component of 5 grain rice, Japanese salad, and a sprinkle of umami-laden furikake.
2 Japanese Tapas for $10.0
Tori Ten – tempura chicken sprinkle w shichimi 7 spices pepper
Mushi Dori – sake & ginger steamed chicken with ankake sauce
Our poached egg sets were supported by a couple of shared tapas, which were tasty and satisfying.
I’m liking these off-the-beaten track brunch explorations… where eggs benedict and hollandaise sauce don’t feature on my brunch fare landscape. Kappaya’s food is wholesome and the atmosphere was very relaxing.