The Oakleigh Doughnut Co
Nic and Yani Kabylakis were raised in Oakleigh, already home to Greek sweet powerhouses Nikos Quality Cakes and Vanilla Cakes and Lounge. That didn't stop them from opening The Oakleigh Doughnut Co in 2017, to bring something slightly different to the area.
Kabylakis and his brother Nic call their shop “TODCO” for short. Their priority is decent coffee (it’s made with beans from Five Senses) – the doughnuts are served to complement that.
Some of the doughnuts are based on classic Greek cakes, a nod to the brothers’ heritage. There’s the Galakdough – a spin on the traditional Greek dessert, galaktoboureko. The doughnut is filled with milk custard and topped with cinnamon, sugar syrup and filo pastry. The Halva Nice Day – made with imported Greek halva – is covered in caramelised sesame and tahini icing.
TODCO has about 15 seats inside its Eaton Mall shop, and 20 seats outside. But the brothers understand the romance of the doughnut shop is being able to take away a box and dig into them at home, so they have installed a takeaway window.