Richmond Indonesian sandwich store Warkop expands to Melbourne CBD

Emma Breheny

The chef-quality sandwiches of Warkop, showcasing Indonesian flavours in hand-held type, will quickly be accessible at a extra central and spacious location.

A metropolis retailer opens on Could 2, including to the hole-in-the-wall Richmond authentic that ex-Navi chef Barry Susanto and barista Erwin Chandra opened in 2021.

The pair is upgrading for his or her second location, sliding right into a Little Collins Road area that blends up to date interiors with Indonesian custom.

A breakfast muffin with sausage, egg, cheese and “Bazzinga” sauce.
A breakfast muffin with sausage, egg, cheese and “Bazzinga” sauce.Joe Armao

The menu can also be extra bold. It consists of breakfast for the primary time, equivalent to sausage and egg muffins, swiped with a layer of Bazzinga sauce: house-made chilli paste, fried shallots, spring onion, tarragon and dill. “It’s spicy however contemporary,” says Susanto.

The Filet o’ Fish riff pairs rockling with sambal matah, usually served in Bali with seafood, plus a South-East Asian spin on tartare sauce that includes kalamansi and kaffir lime.

Crowd favorite sandwiches just like the gado gado and beef rendang are joined by six newbies, plus a spread of sweets equivalent to kaya (coconut jam) crullers. Dukes Espresso, the place Chandra and Susanto met, provide the beans.

Roast pork is one of six new fillings in store for the city location.
Roast pork is considered one of six new fillings in retailer for the town location.Joe Armao

In Indonesia, warkops are informal road stalls serving espresso and snacks. Wilson Tang at Sonelo Architects, a buddy, knew precisely the components of Indonesia’s warkop tradition that Susanto and Chandra wished to maintain.

Orange and inexperienced are their main colors, which is mirrored within the fit-out, alongside cork tiles and rattan lamp shades.

Chef Barry Susanto (left) and co-owner Erwin Chandra at the second location of their sandwich shop, Warkop.
Chef Barry Susanto (left) and co-owner Erwin Chandra on the second location of their sandwich store, Warkop.Joe Armao

The step-up in digs feels proper for Susanto. “It’s what we imagined from the beginning, we simply couldn’t do it [at Richmond].”

Fourteen folks can dine in, with room for six exterior.

Open from Could 2, Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat-Solar 8am-3pm

13 Little Collins Road, Melbourne,

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Emma BrehenyEmma BrehenyEmma is Good Meals’s Melbourne-based reporter.

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