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International Day of Peace
21 September 2015 Great Success!

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Thanks to everyone for supporting and making the International Day of Peace a great success! We raised $3,005 which was a great effort for a tiny venue!

A big thanks goes to Michael Hewstone for cooking, organizing the music, setting up outside and being a legend!

Salvador & his crew, Demir for the amazing music!

Blaze for the big big help on the night!

Chef Andy for the big cook-up, Martin (Damona dairy-free cheeses) and Woody for being in the kitchen!

Shan and Ollie for being all-round super stars and making the event run so so well!

Little Faith for being a child-hospo genius (my money is on her to change the world in 10 years time)

Marcelo from Minas Hill for the coffee donation, thank you thank you!

See you all for the next charity at Admiral Cheng Ho on Christmas Day !

International Day of Peace
21 September 2015, 7.30pm at Monk Bodhi Dharma

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The old hippie and the crew are back for the annual International Day of Peace on Monday 21st September, 2015 at Monk Bodhi Dharma.

Michael Hewstone (ex Peace Kitchen/Blaze’s soup kitchen) and the crew from Monk Bodhi Dharma and Admiral Cheng Ho will be holding a peace offering and celebratory dinner and music with absolutely all the proceeds going to Unicef’s Nepal Earthquake Children’s Appeal.

Date and Time: Monday 21 September, 2015 at 7.30pm

Donation: $65 per person

COME AND JOIN US! It is always a fun night with great vibes, music and of course yummy food!!

To make a booking, go to:

Dinner will be fully vegan with a festive tasting of peaceful making foods from around the world.

> West African Grumpy Soup

> South Indian Sambar
> Jamaican Rundown
> Moroccan 7 Vegetable Cous Cous
> Ethiopian Wat

> Mansoor Dal
> Cabbage Kitchari
> Ital Salad
> Turkish Sumac Salad

> Steamed Banana
> Chili jam
> Urad Pappads

Sela Rice & Tunisian Cous Cous

* All served on a Banana leaf.

> Raw Snickers

Peace Cookies


The Latin Jazz ensemble – ‘La Influencia’ consist of Salvador Persico [Blue King Brown], Daniel Mougerman and Jordan Tarento. Performing Latin jazz and Salsa classics along with guest musicians throughout the night including Demir Aliu and his exotic blends of world music.

UNICEF’S Nepal Earthquake Children’s Appeal

Two earthquakes have devastated the lives of thousands in Nepal.

Children face an unprecedented emotional toll as they deal with the devastating consequences of two earthquakes in the space of weeks — and with 5,000 schools damaged or destroyed, more than 1 million children have been left without classrooms.

“We are looking forward – but we cannot
ignore the desperate situation that still faces
so many children across the country. So
many young lives have been torn apart
and children are still in desperate need of
life-saving support, including clean water,
health services, nutrition and counselling.”

- Karin Hulshof, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia

Monk Bodhi Dharma is thrilled to have Salvador Persico [percussion Blue King Brown] and friends joining us for a little latin groove out front under the tarps.

+ the van will be parked outside MBD again for anyone wanting a private dinning experience on Moroccan rugs  - we can seat 4 comfortably.


Monthly Vegan & Gluten Free Degustation Dinner

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Our monthly tasting menu dinners are a welcome extension of the philosophy behind our food: to create healing and sustainable, plant based food made from scratch. They have been met with huge success amongst all of you; our awesome customers!

The menu is a 10-11 course degustation format, is highly nutritious and engaging.

The menu is completely vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and onion & garlic free!

To book for our next dinner, go to:

Details on our website, Instagram, facebook page and twitter.

Instagram & Twitter: @ monkbodhidharma




Admiral Cheng Ho
Our north-side sister cafe

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Our north-side sister cafe is well and truly open in Abbotsford!

The coffee counter operates six single estate grinders on demand, daily batch brew (most likely a Panama Geisha) and 5 to 6 filter coffees.

A lot of Monk’s signature dishes are there as well as new notable ones such as the healthy nutritional super-food platter named Crazy Jimbo, Vegan French Toast and North African Beans! All the dishes are bound to help us make healthy and mindful choices and stimulate all kinds of neurotransmitters.

The fit-out and furnishings are all handmade. The interior is a patch-worked nod to the cultural corners of Melbourne; the south wall features coloured planks of timber with a beach shack feel, the east wall has a white minimalist look, and the west wall features a rustic exposed brick.

Admiral Cheng Ho
325 Johnston Street
(03) 9534 7250

Opening Hours
Mon to Fri 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sat to Sun 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

‘One Love’ Jamaican Dinner

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Join us along with Michael Hewstone (ex Peace Kitchen/Blaze’s soup kitchen) for a 5 course Jamaican style dinner as part of our global themed dinners during the summer season. Part of the proceeds will go to the Berry Street Christmas Gift Appeal (young kids who have suffered from violence and abuse).


Monk Bodhi Dharma – Rear 202 Carlisle St, Balaclava, Vic, 3183, Australia

The dinner will be vegan.

Bookings essential at $65 per person.


How seasonal is your cup?

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Coffee seeds (commonly referred to as coffee beans) are the pits found inside a red, purple, yellow (even orange) fruit referred to as a coffee cherry. As such, coffee being a fruit will progressively change and degrade as it ages.

There are beautifully designed and tasty blends on the market and we certainly design seasonal blends for our wholesale customers on request. This, for Monk Bodhi Dharma’s bar however, no longer fits in with what we want to do and where we want to be :)

Something we have recently decided to do at Monk Bodhi Dharma is to completely remove any mention of “blend” or “blends” on our board. We have opted to serve single estate coffees only. Yes, traditionalists or conservative individuals may indeed raise their eye brows. In my humble opinion, there will be a time when this ethos will infiltrate more and more venues. What is the point in hiding amazing, fresh and gorgeous coffees behind the generic label of a “blend” for the purposes of feeding long held beliefs.

It is akin to House Wine being served in restaurants in an unmarked carafe. I dare say that, the wine industry has progressed quite a bit from this in the last few decades where restaurants have invested ample resources to know each and every wine estate that they use.

With the availability of more and more amazing seasonal green coffee and awesome roasters, the importance given to blends and blending will surely diminish. The farmer and their land should always remain the hero and the best way to showcase them, their hard-working staff and their terroir is by serving estate coffees on their own.

My call to us, as a small coffee roastery is to lift the veil and be as transparent as we can be.

See you for a coffee,


Dinners at Monk Bodhi Dharma

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Our friday night dinner service has been running since the end of last year with great success!

In our menu, you will find entrees like Corn & Tomato Wraps with pesto mayonnaise, veggies, sprouts drizzled with olive oil & Sweet Chilie Love – stuffed sweet chilies with macadamia & sundried tomato served with fresh mango and a cucumber salad & drizzled with chilie oil.

For the larger mains, you will find the Pad Thai: organic zucchini noodles, coriander, basil, avocado, lime and capsicum with activated nuts, Cannelloni: broccoli cheddar cannelloni with herbed tomato sauce and cashew parmesan and the popular Mexican Enchilada Plate: Gluten free corn tortillas filled with sweet potato, eggplant, corn, black beans, capsicum & spinach & cashew sour cream with spicy tomato sauce & served with guacamole and heirloom tomato salsa. This is on top of the rotating meals of the day!

To end the meal, you can opt for some of our well regarded desserts like the Raw Snickers, Rainbows & Butterflies, Adam & Eve delight, Chockwork Jaffa, Heaven & Hell Crème brûlée, The New Yorker etc

Luckily for those who are gluten intolerant, the whole menu is gluten free as well as being animal, egg and dairy free.

Monk Bodhi Dharma is open for dinner on Friday nights and runs with a session at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. To book, phone: 9534 7250

The next Breakfast Degustation at
Monk Bodhi Dharma

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Monk Bodhi Dharma will be serving up our next degustation breakfast on Tuesday 25th January (7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am sitting) and Wednesday 26th January (7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am sitting).

The breakfast will be fully vegan and consist of three courses, a cleanser and petit fours with coffee or house tea.

Bookings essential (min 2 people), $40 per person.

Single origin pourover coffee served with every course, additional $10.00 per person.

To book, please go to:

The next Breakfast Degustation at
Monk Bodhi Dharma

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Monk Bodhi Dharma will be serving up our next degustation breakfast on Tuesday 30th November (7.30am and 9.30am sitting) and Wednesday 1st December (7.30am and 9.30am sitting).

The breakfast will be fully vegan and consist of three courses, a cleanser and petit fours with coffee or house tea.

Bookings essential (min 2 people), $40 per person.

Single origin pourover coffee served with every course, additional $10.00 per person.

To book, please go to:

New Coffees > Central Season

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

As you probably have guessed already, not only do we do delicious, healthy, sustainable food, but also specialty coffee and tea. We have just had a swag of delicious new stock in. Here is a quick rundown:


As described by Tim:

Guatemala Pasaquim Organic

This one is going to be one of our favourites. Juicy fruit, balanced acidity and notes of cocoa, berries and a touch of caramel. Is either going to be a favourite through the siphon or espresso

Columbia Huila del Obispo

We got this one specifically for be the base of our new blend. Rich body with note of dark chocolate with a wondering fruit finish. Get this one before it flies out!

Nicaragua El Limoncillo

Vibrant and zesty citric acidity with a touch of forest floor. This is quite a complex coffee with layers of cane sugar, cocoa and orange peel.

Costa Rica La Candelilla 100% Geisha

This one is very special indeed. A 100% Geisha (more information can be found exhibits notes of jasmine and rosewater. Very fragrant this coffee will only be used for filter coffee, but it’ll be worth it. Our special treat to you!


Jin Xuan GABA, Rei Chung Estate, Taiwan

Here is a description from the tea master, Nathan Wakeford from Somage Fine Foods:

“GABA tea is rich in Gamma-amino butyric acid which was found inadvertently by Dr.Tsushida Tojiro from Japan’s National Tea Experiment station in 1987 when he was doing research for the Amino acid metabolism of tea. He found that tea expsing the tea to a nitrogen-rich atmosphere (for 8 hours at 40 degrees celsius) would increase the levels of Gamma-amino butyric acid. The ingestion of GABA releases growth hormone, especially after exercise, with remarkable effectiveness. The release of growth hormone is known to increase lean body mass. Consequently, Gaba tea is an invaluable nutritional supplement for body builders, power lifters, runners, martial artists, and athletes of all types. GABA also has significant calming and soothing effects, as such it has been found to lower blood pressure, control hypoglycemia, prevent anxiety and promote restful sleep. GABA tea also has the highest concentration of anti-oxidants, including catechins, flavanoids, and polyphenols of any tea. The Anti-oxidant properties are also helpful in fighting many types of disease.”

It is delicious. Tim has been drinking a pot a day.

Tie Guan Yin, Iron Goddess, China

This is brand spanking new. Wonderfully rich and smooth and full bodied. Notes of melon, citrus, mint, lychees and tropical fruits. Tim expects this to be a favourite.

We are receiving another shipment of coffee (hopefully) in the next few days. We will update you guys when they come in and we’ve had a chance to roast and cup them.

As always, come and talk to either Tim, Emily, Zac and Ula about our current offerings on the espresso and filter coffee boards.

Guatemala Pasaquim Organic