Awkward is a funky coffee lounge in the centre of Geelong. It’s a warm, welcoming space, where Tash, the owner, barrister, baker, and front of house, welcomes you with a smile and a chat, like an old friend.
Tash, previously work in the hospitality/wedding industry and had a small cupcake business on the side. But the desire to earn money for herself and share her incredible baked goods was too great, so Awkward was born. The name was decided upon, as the original end game was a tapas bar, and refers to that moment you go on a first date and you realise halfway through that they are not the person you thought and it’s just ‘Awkward’.
Each time I enter Awkward my eyes are drawn to the amazing feature wall, that holds and antique, recycled and vintage in an incredible large wooden shelf made by Tash and her Dad (all antiques were collected over the past year, from markets, garage sales and from both her and her girlfriend, Rachael’s, families). Tash and Rachael decided that they wanted a warm inviting feel, somewhere you can go, with no thumping loud music, no hustle and bustle, just a nice, warm, comfortable place to have a homemade cake and coffee to relax.
I was treated, on this particular visit to a slice of delicious banoffee pie, one of Tash’s favourite things to bake. The crunchy crust, paired fresh banana, caramel sauce and vanilla cream on top was a like a perfectly executed party in my mouth, each element complimenting the other and balancing it all out, so it wasn’t overly sweet.
J and I also shared a slice of decedent, pretzel and chocolate ganache tart. The dark chocolate ganache was wonderfully rich, and creamy, but what made the tart perfect in my eyes was the wonderful addition of salty pretzels to the base. An inventive play on salted everything that is happening right now.
Ethically, Tash tries to focus on buying local, seasonal fruit and vegetables, allowing her to keep her prices reasonable. A slice of cake/pie is around $9, depending on the ingredients, and paired this with a cup of my favourite Love Chai, make for a $15 cake and coffee.
About 98% of what is sold at Awkward is made on site, baking of cakes, slices and tarts happens pretty much every day, as well as roasting the eggplant, mushrooms for the focaccias, making soup and salads.
Some days I pray that I won’t get work, as Awkward is only open Monday – Friday, 9am until 4pm. I can go in, by a reasonably priced lunch, a great cup of tea and follow it all up with a fantastic slice of cake.
Awkward Coffee Lounge is located at 45 Malop Street, Geelong.