Looking out over the water at Henley Beach, the view makes it clear why MALOBO’s owners choose to keep the beachside venue open from sunrise to sunset.
It’s a joint venture between Mattis Vanzati (who also owns Hermanos Cubanos) and his parents Louise and Bo (hence the MALOBO acronym). The family already owns a patisserie opposite the square and could see what Henley Beach was missing.
By day, MALOBO serves up an impressive range of breakfast items inspired by travels through South East Asia and Europe. You might find a breakfast miso bowl; black sticky rice pudding; and a coconut buckwheat crepe with jamon, feta, pomegranate and coconut chips; plus the usual egg-centric items. Lunch options are divided into small and large sharing plates with an emphasis on seafood.
As the sun sets over the water, MALOBO is transformed into a wine and cocktail bar that focuses on doing the classics right, with room for variation. The Espresso Martini comes in four varieties: classic, Vietnamese, coconut, hazelnut and vanilla. The Dark and Damned Stormy uses housemade mulled syrup and dark spiced rum.
The wine list is exclusively South Australian, as is the cheese board sourced from Woodside Cheesewrights in the Adelaide Hills.