“Far from the evergreen of old Assam, far from the rainfall on the trails of old Saigon, straight from the poster town of scorn and Ritz, to bring you the wilder side of gold and glitz”.
Welcome to Neon Tiger, sister cafe to Mr. Brightside, which has also been named after a track by “The Killers”. It lives quaintly on a corner in the leafy suburb of Malvern, and over the past few year, has raised the benchmark in the city of Stonnington.
Sibling Architecture are behind the alluring interior, delivering a space focused on intelligent forms, and engaging features. The ceiling is covered in floating perforated cloud figures, while natural light flows through the large walls of glass that look out onto an outdoor dining area. Pastel pink is featured on both the walls as well as the edging on the La Marzocco Linea, which softens the black tiled counter. The contrast between these two tones creates a calm and unobtrusive visual juxtapose.
The menu offers a mix of both quick eats and nourishing dishes. I tucked into the Barramundi Corn Tacos, and had a nibble at the warming Shakshouka, whilst eyeing off the Banana and Coconut Panna Cotta.
Coffee is sourced from Coffee Supreme and extracted through the La Marzocco Linea PB. The house blend is Coffee Supreme’s signature Supreme Blend, offering a smoother coffee, with sweet caramel tones. I enjoyed the Single Origin of the day from Honduras as a short black. The Yire is a washed Villa Sarchi varietal with a taste much like Nutella.
Make sure you say hi to Paul when you visit. They’re open 7:00 am to 4:00 pm weekdays, and 7:30 am to 4:00 pm weekends.
Find Neon Tiger at 1252 Malvern Road, Malvern.