At Sibling there’s a triptych under black arches that stretches across the back wall. Each panel is filled with a large botanical print. The menu here’s around 80 per cent vegetarian and 50 per cent vegan. A lot is also either gluten free or can be made so. The ingredients are mostly local and the cafe has a minimum-waste ethos.
One of the farms Sibling gets produce from is Day's Walk in Keilor. Produce from the farm goes into a daily tart, and a Chinese broccoli dish that comes with a spicy, nutty tofu scramble, served with a bao bun. Arepas (Venezuelan-Colombian maize pancakes) come topped with avocado and mojo verde (a salsa made using coriander). And goat, farmed, slaughtered and delivered by Farmer Joe in Echuca, is slow-roasted and served with rainbow chard and labneh.
Coffee is from Small Batch Roasting Co, and there are vegan truffles and cakes from Citizen Cacao – but menu aside, Sibling is more than an everyday cafe.
Like sister eatery Kinfolk, the staff is made up of volunteers, including people experiencing mental health issues, those with physical or learning disabilities, migrants and refugees, people transitioning from prison or long-term unemployment, and students. Working at Sibling provides them with work experience and training, and it connects people to their community, which can help relieve social isolation. All net profit after funds are set aside for short-term business expenses is donated to charities including the Cathy Freeman Foundation and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.