Black sticky rice mango pudding tarts.
Black sticky rice mango pudding tarts. Photo: Sarin Rojanametin

Leanne Clancey

After supplying their distinctive black-shelled tarts to cafes like the CBD's Traveller and Place Holder in Fitzroy, the folks behind indie bakery Nora Melbourne are set to open a place of their own in Carlton this week.

Clocking up stints at Longrain, St Ali and the Commoner, multi-talented owner Sarin Rojanametin (an artist/photographer with a background in advertising) and his life/business partner Jean Thamthanakorn (a tax accountant who just loves to bake), says the idea was "to bring something different to the area and to create the type of place that we'd want to go to".

Their tarts match Western technique with south-east Asian flavours such coconut, tamarind and pandan, resulting in a perfect cross-cultural marriage. They're also offering a full breakfast/lunch menu as well as tea pairings, Small Batch coffee and excellent sourdough bread, also baked on-site daily.

Open Monday-Friday 7am-4pm; Saturday-Sunday 8am-4pm.

Nora Melbourne, 156 Elgin Street, Carlton, 9041 8644, noramelbourne.com

Update: Nora Melbourne was set to open on Thursday, September 25, but the opening date has been pushed back.