When it comes to doing nice things for your mum, Tesha Borin makes us all look bad.
Borin’s mother is lactose intolerant and sensitive to gluten. So Tesha’s cafe and bakery, Buku, is friendly to almost any food intolerance you can think of. At Buku, people with allergies can go out to eat without worrying, just like everybody else.
Tesha, who has had stints at the Grand Hyatt, The European and Tonka, took a lot of her mum’s trial recipes and fixed them.
At Buku you’ll find a rotating menu of gluten-free (Borin makes gluten-free flours from scratch) and refined-sugar-free cakes and slices that rival their common counterparts for taste and aesthetic. A banana cake with butterscotch ganache and dairy-free “crème” is a decadent winner.
Borin’s father, a carpenter, helped with the renovations to the Northcote site. Two custom-made, recycled-timber tables dominate the earthy-toned space, which seats 20.
There’s a small dine-in menu, including gluten-free oat porridge, smashed avocado on densely seeded bread and a couple of vegan salads. There’s also a hot “beetroot chocolate” to try.