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Emil's Café

  • Restaurants
  • Pascoe Vale South
  1. The blue and white exterior of Emil's Café.
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  2. picture of someone eating a sandwich at emil's cafe in pascoe vale
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  3. The owners of Emil's Café at the front counter.
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  4. Eggs benny on a plate with a coffee next to it.
    Photograph: Supplied
  5. Two people sitting inside the rustic interior of Emil's Café.
    Photograph: Supplied

Time Out says

This family-owned milk bar is now an all-day brunch spot serving a modern Australian-Arabic menu and cocktails

Brunch shouldn't just be an affair for the middle of the day, and thanks to the likes of Emil's Café, it doesn't have to be.

Once their childhood home, brothers John and George El-Khoury have refurbished their family's corner milk bar into Emil's Café, a licensed all-day brunch spot with a nostalgic, homely feel.

Chef Sam Pinzone sits at the helm of the kitchen, serving up an Australian-Arabic menu alongside Code Black Coffee and a selection of cocktails, juices and smoothies. Highlights on the menu include Turkish eggs with sujuk and lime yoghurt, hummus shakshuka with spinach pesto, benny eggs with slow-cooked beef ribs and tahini hollandaise, and knafeh spun pastry with pistachio crumb and rose syrup. 

The 80-seat space is laden with natural light and features a fireplace and brickwork to make you feel right at home. The space has also been embellished with the original milk bar signage and family photos from the years since it opened in 1978. Guests at Emil's Café can dine in the former living room, Mum and Dad's room or the dog-friendly courtyard. 

Open seven days a week (walk-ins only), you can find out more about Emil's Café here.

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Saffron Swire
Written by
Saffron Swire


347 Reynard Street
Pascoe Vale South
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat 7am-4pm; Sun 8am-4pm
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