Located on a quiet backstreet in one of Melbourne’s leafy southeastern suburbs, Golden Child Cafe is an ode to all things healthy, happy and wholesome. Welcoming loyal locals, commuters, families and their furry friends since 2014, it is a young yet prospering cafe that can simply do no wrong.
Managed by owner, David Bruhl, and Head Barista, Jackson Whittaker, the venue prides itself on great coffee, unique fare and friendly customer service. As a child with European grandparents, David frequented cafes from an early age, quickly growing accustomed to the sights, the smells and the sounds of freshly ground percolator coffee brewing at the breakfast table. David boasts more than 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry, with stints in catering, chefing and cafe management under his belt, as well as three years of experience setting up retail outlets and a central bakery in the north east of China.
Meanwhile, Jackson fell head first into the barista game out of necessity, quickly realising his passion for chasing the perfect brew. After spending five years working in cafes in the area, shadowing a string of talented baristas and discovering exactly what makes a top cup of coffee, Jackson now lives and breathes the stuff, happily calling Golden Child his home away from home.
When it comes to the coffee, Golden Child contract roasts its own five-bean blend. Comprising beans from Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Sumatra and Papua New Guinea, the Golden Blend is a medium roast that cuts through milk beautifully, with a rich, strong body rippling with notes of warm chocolate and toffee. Completing the offering, single origin espresso beans are sourced from North Melbourne-based company, Small Batch Roasting Co.
The all-day menu at Golden Child is anything but ordinary, taking Melbourne cafe classics to a whole new level with an array of inspired textures and trimmings, plus fresh herbs, edible flowers and leaves from the venue’s on-site garden.
For breakfast, tuck into the grilled halloumi with carrot and asparagus salad, avocado, ancient grains, goat’s curd, beetroot, dukkah, poached egg and roti crisps. For a wholesome lunch, the soba noodle salad is hard to beat – a bright and colourful number featuring chicken tossed with togarashi, edamame, seaweed, cucumber and wasabi yuzu dressing.
The fit-out at Golden Child Cafe is simple and bright, featuring exposed brick, white timber panelling and modern pendant lighting. Fresh flowers adorn wooden tables and tiny hanging terrariums add a touch of homeliness.
Golden Child Cafe may not sit on the main strip, but it’s the jewel in Burwood’s crown, turning out nature-inspired dishes and great coffee for all to enjoy.