Paddington's newest cafe calls itself "the friendly place on the terrace", and with the food and the vibe they're serving up, it's hard not to agree. Or, just take at look at their surroundings for starters. A cosy courtyard filled with wooden outdoor furniture and ample greenery — who doesn't want to eat breakfast, brunch, lunch or a daytime snack there?
So, there's no doubting that Cafe Bema looks the part, and feels it too. Luckily, the meals and snacks whipped up by Chef Benny Loh promise to send your tastebuds into the same territory. Encrusted macadamia snapper with orange creamy sauce is his signature dish, if you're feeling decadent. Or, try the blueberry pancakes with caramel ice cream if you're looking to start the day well.
There are plenty of other options where they came from: a Singapore-style breakfast of nasi lemak, beef burgers on black brioche buns, chicken curry and the old fave that is avo, fetta and poached eggs, for example. Drinks wise, if you're after something other than Genovese coffee, a lamington, charco choc or muddy caramel milkshake should hit the spot.