Hobba-Broadsheet, 20th July 2011

Photography: Kirsten Edwards

Hobba Coffee and Kitchen
The team from Willim Espresso brings an understated design sensibility to their new cafe venture in Prahran.

Venture into the vast converted garage that is Hobba and you’ll find a world of under-designed, understated, cafe cool. Natural light splays from immense shopfront windows open to the street; bare brick walls reach for lofty ceilings; a tree planted inside towers up toward exposed wooden beams.

Hobba is the new project from the team behind Malvern’s Willim Espresso, which opened on Monday. The team comprises front-of-house man and coffee guru Gerrick Numan, head chef Josh Powell, whose pedigree includes stints at Vue de Monde, Circa and famed UK eatery Fat Duck, and Simon McNamara whose business acumen was previously utilised at Grill’d and Boost.

Offering delicious cafe food, the aim of Hobba is “to undersell and over-deliver”. Void of unwanted fanfare, the cafe caters to all types including families, friends and business folk alike.  Diners feast at wooden booths and tables for breakfast or lunch, enjoying fresh, local produce such as fried eggs with bubble and squeak, quinoa salad with braised lamb neck, or a Galloway beef burger with pickle cheddar and iceberg lettuce.

Currently serving Five Senses coffee, a special roasting section is in the works, which will provide customers with carefully house-roasted coffee in the near future

Hobba-Broadsheet, 20th July 2011

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