Malika is a cafe in Botany, occupying the site which was once Deluca. The fit out isn’t a great deal different, just a new splash of orange paint and some green inspired art works. It is now a Turkish inspired cafe or Bakehouse with ready to go baked goods, brunch meals and coffee.
Coffee remains here using the Deluca house blend for their Espresso, Cold Brew, Batch Brew, Single Origin and Turkish Coffee. There’s also loose leaf pots of tea and cold drinks.
The breakfast menu highlights a few made to order sandwiches, all made on sesame Turkish Bagels. We try the Sucuk, Cheese, Fried Egg, Harissa option. The filling was delicious and paired well inside the freshly baked bagel.
There’s also all day brunch menu options such as a green bowl, Gozleme and avo on toast. We try the Menemen, or chilli scrambled eggs on Turkish toast. A nice light meal and a good option for egg lovers.
We also ordered the baked muesli, which is a blend of dried figs, coconut, almonds, apricots, topped with fresh Pomegranate Arils and Berries (blueberries and strawberries) sitting atop a Turkish Delight yoghurt. The size is appropriate for breakfast and presented nicely. I did recommend this could be offered with coconut yoghurt to suit vegan diners since there aren’t many vegan options here yet.
If you’re after something more on the go, the counter showcases a range of baked goods, specials varying daily such as
Spiced Potato Pogaça
Spinach, Feta & Ricotta Börek
Cheese Parsley Flaky Börek
Sesame Simit (Turkish Bagel)
These are good because you can buy and eat quickly.
We do like the cafe. It has a nice vibe and friendly staff. The food options are on the higher end of prices for cafes these days (ie $18 for muesli) so we probably won’t be able to eat here often, but understand the need for these higher price points given the hospitality struggles post covid.
1631 Botany Road
Botany NSW 2019