In Indonesia, a warkop or warung kopi is a small shop that sells coffee, snacks such as crispy peanut crackers (known as rempeyek) and light meals like toast with kaya, or coconut jam. Here, former Navi sous-chef Barry Susanto and barista Erwin Chandra have adapted the concept, serving up Aussie cafe favourites with Indonesian flair.
Susanto opened the first Warkop in Richmond in 2021. Warkop 2.0 has an expanded menu that might include galangal-and-soy-glazed pork and sambal burrata on Brioche by Phillip shokupan; egg muffins with bacon and black garlic and or sausage and “bazzinga sauce” (Susanto’s take on spicy mayo). Plus, you’ll find plenty of Warkop Richmond favourites like the sambal-spiked Filet-o-Fish, beef brisket and gado gado sandwiches.
There’s a cabinet full of house-made baked goods, too, which might be lined with palm sugar burnt Basque cheesecake, and kaya-glazed crullers topped with puffed brown rice or a savoury alternative with sambal matah (a popular Balinese condiment) and cheese. As at the Richmond outpost, Dukes coffee is served all day.
The space seats 24 at benches and bar stools inside, plus a few tables out the front. Wicker light fixtures, timber and shades of burnt orange and blue pay homage to warkops found in Indonesia, which are often covered with similarly coloured tarps during the rainy season.
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