I’ve always been a person whose mood is greatly affected by the weather. When the sun’s out and it’s warm, I’d usually feel happy and excited to go outside. My worries would all go away as I soak up the warm rays on my skin and my tummy would be filled with happiness while I gobble up a refreshing ice cream. When it’s raining and cold, I’d want to snuggle up on the couch with a warm cup of tea or soup and watch TV. My emotions during those times might be a little more tense and delicate. If you can’t get to a weather report, seeing my emotions might be a good bet.
There are of course, the odd exception to that rule. There are times when a drizzle becomes a little romantic outing and can lead to an unexpectedly good meal. Just yesterday, Yuye and I woke up a bit later than usual and not wanting to cook because
we were lazy it was cold, we decided to head out for a quick lunch before heading over to my parents place to help prepare mum’s birthday dinner.
It was drizzling, windy and cold so we wanted to just go somewhere close. Yuye said ‘why do we never eat at cafes near home? There seems to be a great place just around the corner’ and so that’s where we headed. It was literally within walking distance.
The reason why I never noticed it is because it was on the wrong side of the road. Situated amidst an office looking building, it was the only restaurant on that side of Blackburn Rd while directly across the street was a reasonably busy shopping and eateries strip. So in my opinion, unless if you knew about this place, you’re not likely to pay it much attention.
We parked half a block away from the cafe since we didn’t know whether the car park directly next to it is private property or not. It wasn’t too bad of a walk from the car in the rain, standing under one umbrella wile it was slightly drizzling was quaintly romantic in some way and it seemed like we were going on an adventure to discover what might be a great find.
As it was already fairly late in the day, there were not many people in the small cafe. We were able to pick the brightest table by a big window to enjoy the meal while reading the days’ papers.
The waitress took our coffee orders while we gawked at the menu, lucky it was still before 3pm which meant we could order breakfast. My latte and Yuye’s cappuccino arrived piping hot. Although they didn’t have the nicest coffee art, the taste was not bad at all. Even though I’ve had better coffees around Melbourne, the coffees here were perfectly fine for somewhere so close by when I need a good caffeine hit.
There were a few items that caught our attention. Although I wanted to order a few dishes for myself (as usual) I went with the churrasco which means grilled meat in Spanish. The meal consisted of grilled marinated steak, homemade mayonnaise, avocado, lettuce, tomato & grilled onion on a toasted roll for $13.90. It was essentially a very nice burger or steak sandwich.
Yuye didn’t like it as much since he thought it was a bit on the bland side, but I liked it. The homemade mayo was delicious, I would have liked a bit more of it. The only thing was it was a little messy to eat. Not something I’d try to pick up with my hands but it was fine with a fork and knife. I tried my best to cut a clean piece off to show you the middle but the more I tried to clean it up the messier it got…
Yuye ordered a breakfast burrito ($15.50) with scrambled eggs, fresh rocket, crispy bacon, homemade aioli and avocado salsa. It was huge! I’m not sure how many eggs went into that burrito but it seemed like a lot.
Just like my burger, it was also very fresh and delicious. The crispy and salty bacon went perfectly with the eggs and salsa. I usually like my eggs with a runny yolk so scrambled eggs aren’t my favourite, but this burrito was definitely delicious enough for me to want to order it again.
I was so happy that I finally got a proper coffee in a long time that I almost wanted to get a second coffee to take away. Maybe I should have because I’m starting to crave for one again as I’m writing this…
If you happen to be in the neighbourhood and feel like a nice coffee or a refreshing and tasty lunch, be sure to give Kafe Karizma a go. Just like their name, the cafe has a certain charisma that makes you relaxed and feel welcomed. I will definitely be coming back here again, not only because it’s close by but also for the lovely food and good coffees, hopefully next time I’ll get to enjoy the surroundings with a bit of sunshine.
Question time: Are you like me and does your mood get affected by the weather? Do you like warmer or cooler weather more? No matter how I see it, I’m definitely a summer sort of person.
Phone: (03) 9802 1550
207 Blackburn Rd, Mount Waverley VIC 3149