Trei Café is bringing the city experience of brunch to Melbourne’s outer suburban sprawl. After the success of Muharam Café and Sardi in Hawthorn, owner Maliq Deane thought it was time to open up one of his masterpieces in his local area, Glen Waverley. With a menu that pleases both the health conscious and those searching for an indulgent treat, they have created a popular third home they call “Trei”… (now the name makes perfect sense!). We sat down with Maliq to gain more insight:
Mon – Fri: 7.30am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 4pm
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It’s a funny story actually. To answer it we have to go back to the first café we opened 10 years ago, called Muharam in Hawthorn. My mum and I had used to have a hotel together back in Sri Lanka. The tsunami back in 2006 destroyed it and so she rebuilt it and then unfortunately passed away a year later. So I decided to start a café here in Melbourne and name it after her. So that’s how Muharam Café got its name. I then started another café called Sardi which I named after son, Dimiri and his partners name at the time, Sarah. So Sarah and Dimi put together become Sardi. Next I opened “Trei” as in the “third” café we have now opened!
What was your vision for Trei?
Its funny, we started in Hawthorn with Muharam, and there, we were a small fish in a big pond. We have lived in Glen Waverly for 25 years. I’ve always said we had to open something around here. I wanted it to be something different, but for this area, all we needed to do was bring the city type of café to suburbia and now we are the big fish in the area.
How would you describe the menu?
We have tried to bring in balance between comfort and health food. But there is more of a health focus here than anything else!
How would you describe the vibe of Trei café?
To me it’s a second home where I feel comfortable coming in. I want my staff to feel like it’s their own and hopefully customers feel that way too. I would describe it as welcoming.
Do you plan on opening anymore cafes?
I’ve opened another café called 1809 which is just down the road from here. We named it 1809 after our youngest Son Stefan who is a quadriplegic and blind. His birth date is the 18th of September and we did the logo in brail. And funnily enough the guy who invent ted brail was also born on the 18th of September! And I have just opened another one in Hillside called Sugar & Fries.