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I advise everyone who enjoys a true 'quality' espresso to get into MBD to try the Guji Shakiso. It has been roasted perfectly, and is delivering a super sweet candied cup.... my espresso was such a buzz. Its such a blessing having such coffee available to us in Balaclava.
What a crazy little place! You'd never just walk past this place and go in; you have to search for it.
I had a lovely latte. Very smooth and mild, although the flavours weren't amazingly.
My wife had the bircher muesli which she rated highly.
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This is one of those cafes that I've heard a lot about but never had the chance to check out. Finally I visited it and had some amazing coffee and food. The espresso had a thick crema and had a strong after kick to it.
The Monk! Wow I love this place already and today was my first visit! The place looked pretty vegan to me even though I personally am not a vegan; there were no eggs on the menu, which was what I was planning on having. However the menu did have some amazing sounding vegan dishes! To me this place... Read more
Despite a similar warehousey vibe to many of melbourne\'s cafes, monk somehow remains unique. Perhaps it\'s the choice of old second hand timber and an actual gutted warehouse, as opposed to the overly designed birch and ply faux industrial we\'ve become used to.
The staff feel casual... Read more
Had to go back. #1 coffee spot in my books. Excellent coffee! Do a great Friday night dinner as well.
Great coffee, up there with the best South of the river. Consistent coffee quality, a great space and lovely food.
This magnificent café is an unstoppable force of scrumptious food and bold coffee. I wish that I could pick up their building and all it contains and drop it in my backyard, because I actually would live there if it were closer. Rich brown timber furniture sits against a backdrop of red brick... Read more
1 Short Macchiato
Great little coffee joint. Very good and knowledgable service from the staff, very focused and passionate barista! Wife had a cap and I had a syphon, both were very good. These guys know their stuff, make awesome coffee, and the place is a buzz to be. Definitely get there!
A full-bodied coffee with balance taste of coffee and milk. The strength and intensity of the blend suited my taste. It such a small coffee (might be as big as Brother Babba Budan), but the interior is soothing. Will definitely return if I am in the area.
Best milk coffee I've had for ages.
Perfect. Everything is just wonderful.
Vegan heaven. That's all I can say about this place. Not only that most food served here is vegan and organic, it's also nice. Great coffee, interesting taste, not like any usual coffee, got a hint of nutty flavour. They also serves varieties of tea. It's a hard place to find, basically it's at the... Read more
I fear this place will not be a secret for long! so please don\'t come so I can drink my 3 different single origins in peace....
This place bangs, its a tight little unit filled with passion and they are happy to share it with you. Kind of feels like they will hate me for writing a public review or revealing them. Very Melbourne style "true to the bean" roast, delicate flavours ++ris was superb, tasted like a young wine,... Read more
I love the monk.
Fantastic. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. The latte I had was so great I thought I must try the long black. It was expectedly excellent. Highly recommend.
Funky little cafe with exceptional coffee. Syphon and pour over available if that's what you're into.
Inconsistant, but when they get it right it's amazing! Very small space though and often hard to get a table
Small but worth squeezing into. Food is magnificent, as is the service. Tea and coffee both very good. Do yourself a favour and seek out this hidden gem.
Hard to find, but well worth it when you do! Great little place, nice atmosphere but can be difficult getting a table. Please experience this place, one of, if not the best coffee in Balaclava.
I had a fantastic long black here, and I love that it came with a little side of hot water to add if I needed to. Monk is a tiny space, I perched on a corner of a big communal table. The staff were very pleasant, explaining the different types of coffee on offer.
1 Long Black
Good things come in small packages, this is certainly true in this case. It's hard to find but maybe that's a good thong as we were lucky to get a seat. The place is charming and I loved it. Our orders were taken promptly and coffee and a chai tea were delivered reasonably quickly considering how... Read more