If you’re in need of some seriously good food with big portions and a Middle Eastern twist, then Middle South East is your match!

The space

This café is large, spacious and is set in a top location- just a walk away from the bustling Chapel Street. So if you need a break from your shopping, Middle South East is a perfect refuelling station.

They’ve got lots of outdoor seating with heaters, so you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors all year round.

Inside is minimal and sleek. Imagine slate grey floors, cream walls and cool oak chairs.

The fresh juice test

Their signature green smoothie is called the Mango Mambo and it’s well worth tasting. It’s a blend of coconut flesh, mango, banana, passion fruit, chia, spinach, mesquite, vanilla raw, fermented protein powder and almond milk. It’s presented in a tall glass, with little dish of toppings on the side for you to add yourself. It’s thick and creamy… almost like a meal in itself.

What we ate

The menu is a mix of healthy Middle Eastern options and Aussie brunch staples. First off, I started with their bircher muesli. It has a base of rainbow quinoa, with coconut milk, fresh fruit, nuts and seeds.  It certainly ticked all the texture boxes for me.

Next, I went for their ‘Sahtein’ Superfood Salad. The bowl was packed with kale, quinoa, bulgar wheat, chilli, brocollini, sugar snap peas, avocado, hummus and a poached egg. It was bright, fresh and felt seriously nourishing.

When I saw sweet potato chips on the menu, of course I had to get a side.

These fries were perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They had a delicious Middle Eastern spice and were not too fried… just the way I like them.

Finally, I ordered a hot almond milk golden latte to wash it all down – sunshine in a cup!

The little things that make a difference

Mace, the owner of Middle South East,  is a character you definitely want to meet. He’s warm, friendly and funny. It feels like he’s welcoming you into his home. With his middle eastern background,

Mace has added a twist to traditional brunch food and has given it a bit of an inspirational  kick.

What we’d go back for…

The food styling was spot on. Everything with bursting with colour and vibrancy, plus there were some serious crockery goals happening too. I’m still dreaming about that Mango Mambo smoothie with all the crunchies.

The bill

Turmeric latte  $4.20
Mango Mambo smoothie  $12.50
Bircher muesli  $14
Salad bowl  $18
Sweet potato fries  $7





Middle South East

670 Chapel St
South Yarra
Victoria 3141

03 9824 0093
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