Jabili Mchawala, of Rice Queen pedigree, is bringing his flare and style to Smith Street with new street food pop-up, Jabili’s Kitchen. Located behind the Smith Street venues Mr Wow’s Emporium and Los Barbudos, Jabili’s Kitchen is bringing a modern African twist to Melbourne’s street food offering.
The now 29 year old Mchawala, moved to Australia from Tanzania when he was five years old, and draws inspiration from his extensive culinary background in Italian, Spanish, Asian and Moroccan as well as modern Australian, to redefine and reinterpret African food.
Jabili’s Kitchen sees this reinterpretation, come to life, and the menu reflects this perfectly. With offerings such as Tunisian tacos with yoghurt, dukkah and tabouleh and a Moroccan slider with spicy lentils and homemade slaw, Mchawala and the team present a welcome change to the standard, late night options. Nothing on the menu costs more than $10 and there are gluten free and vegetarian options available as well.
The truck is currently open Thursdays to Sundays at Los Barbudos and Mr Wow’s Emporium but there are plans to open seven days a week in the near future.
Go on a food and wine mini-break over Regional Weekend, which kicks off with 22 Regional World’s Longest Lunches at breathtaking locations followed by more than 50 other events across the state. And, for the ultimate Festival experience, Water MasterClass features Aaron Turner (ex-Loam, Drysdale), Peter Gilmore (Quay, Sydney) and the UK’s Michelin-starred Nathan Outlaw. This strictly-limited experience on and off the water includes fly fishing, fish smoking, oyster shucking and a spectacular feast at Campbell Point House (15 March).
The Third Wave Café ultimate BBQ Rib Eating Competition in Port Melbourne and Prahran is well underway.
With $1,000 as the major prize and recognition on the Wall of Fame as the Rib Eating Ruler, the stakes are high to see just how many great tasting American BBQ ribs competitors can eat – fast!
The heats of the BBQ Rib Eating contest continue, once a week, across both Third Wave venues. Then the finalists will battle it out for that $1,000 cash prize on Monday 7 April.
Contestants have only 35 minutes to prove their ferocity when it comes to eating delicious, authentic American BBQ Ribs plus a side of coleslaw. No wonder the competition has been dubbed, “Pork Spankers”!
Entry is $99 and the winner of each heat will be fully refunded. Entry for all in the final is also free.
Those not successful this time are encouraged to enter later in the year, as Third Wave’s BBQ Rib Eating Competition is to be a biennial event.
However, while traditional American-style slow-cooked smoky BBQ dishes hold a special place on the Third Wave menu, they are only part of the cafe selection available from breakfast until late seven days a week.
There are also tempting Russian delights, a great selection of all-day eating options as well as great coffee.
The Third Wave venues are licensed so why not take advantage of Happy Hour specials, Monday to Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm. It could be a good time to plan your winning strategy for the inaugural Third Wave BBQ Rib Eating Competition.