I have found a little haven, an oasis and a place where my food challenges are embraced, rather than frowned upon. I came upon Buku, brainchild of pastry chef Tesha and her mum Chris, on a walk discovering our new ‘hood, near the Northcote/Thornbury border. Unfortunately, being around the New Year period, everything was closed. However, the menu was like a beacon, assuring me all items were completely wheat free! Finally, a place where this fructose/lactose intolerant could choose from anything on the menu.
Imagine, if you can, a cafe that welcomes your 17-month old child, genuinely pleased when they come to breakfast with you, learns your coffee order and, later, your name, provides the right balance of attentiveness and space when you bring in your laptop for a freelance copywriting sesh, is passionate about their product, nails the music and atmosphere and plates up a scrumptious smashed avo dish that I visit especially for. Not only does their menu make those of us ‘wheat free’ types happy, there are myriad vegan options. Better still, everything tastes brilliant. My husband, the meat and wheat enthusiast, waxes lyrical about Tesha’s divine crumpets and potato rosti.
The cafe looks sleek, decked out in a palette of black, white and grey, but the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The sweets cabinet is truly something to behold. All cakes, truffles, tarts and sweet treats are refined sugar-free but absolutely delicious. The staff are passionate, dedicated to providing great service and a high quality product. Tesha’s made-to order cakes are works of art. If you are in the area, you must stop by, but it’s also worth crossing the river for as good friends of mine will confirm. At the very least, follow Buku on Instagram for the drool-worthy pics.
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