Muharam Cafe, Hawthorn

Muharam Cafe is a small cafe in Hawthorn best known for its milkshakes, which have become very popular in the past few months. The cafe is easily accessible by tram 70/75, and also a short walk from Hawthorn station.

The cafe is small and cosy, with lots of cute decorations on the walls from pot plants, to large wheels and branches. There were a lot of people there when we went, which made for a lively though slightly noisy atmosphere. We didn't have to wait too long for our food, though staff service could be improved - we waited about fifteen minutes after we ordered for any water or cutlery to come, whereas other people sitting next to us got theirs immediately. Also, as I ordered sliders I was not given any cutlery - which was fine - however not even a napkin was provided. Also at the end of our meal, we weren't asked if we wanted to order anything else and were just given the bill, and we had to tell the staff that we actually wanted to order the milkshake. On top of this, when we were paying for our meal, they tried to charge us for a coffee, even though it was included as part of the breakfast dish my friend ordered, and we had to point that out to them.

There's an extensive range of breakfast and lunch dishes to choose from at Muharam, and we went with the Breaky Board ($17.50) and the Trio of Sliders ($16). We also got a nutella donut milkshake to share ($11), which was probably good as it was quite sweet and would've been too much if we had gotten one each! The milkshake was more just like chocolate milk, though the donut was really enjoyable, not too dry and with a good amount of nutella on it.

The breaky board consisted of a cheese and tomato croissant, a granola trifle, corn fritter with a poached egg, red pepper salsa and a coffee. Overall the dish was okay - we expected a bit more of a wow factor from it and were a little disappointed. The granola wasn't too sweet and had a good crunch to it, though became quite soggy at the end because there was too much milk that you could add in it. The croissant was flaky and the cheese didn't actually melt, and it would've been good to have more tomato in it. However the eggs were cooked perfectly and there was a good strong corn flavour in the fritters.

The trio of sliders consisted of wagyu beef, chicken schnitz with slaw and a mushroom, haloumi and pesto one. The mushroom one was probably the least enjoyable, as there was just too much haloumi in it which made it taste extremely salty, and overpowered the flavours of the mushroom and pesto. However the wagyu beef one was really delicious, with a lovely and juicy patty that combined well with the relish and tomato. The chicken slider was also very tasty, with a crispy batter on the outside and soft on the inside, and freshened by the coleslaw, which was a great contrast to the soft burger bun.

I wouldn't mind coming to Muharam again, though I probably wouldn't order the milkshake as it felt a bit overpriced and wasn't as great as some of the other milkshakes I've had at other cafes. Food wise it was enjoyable enough, and worth trying if you're in the area.

Ambience: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Food: 7.5/10
Price: $$

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