It Takes a village
Mabu Mabu is a saying in the Torres Strait that translates to 'help yourself.'Traditionally, a Mabu Mabu is a banquet, shared table or big family meal. It's how we like to enjoy food on the islands: surrounded by the people we love.
We're passionate about native ingredients, and use a variety of Indigenous herbs, fruits, succulents and spices in all of our dishes. We want to help create a truely Australian cuisine by helping people to understand native flavours, and to use them in their every-day cooking.
Nornie Bero is the head chef and business owner. Originally from Mer Island in the Torres Strait, Nornie has been a professional chef for over 20 years. Her style of cooking is all about generosity and flavour. She has been creating dishes using native ingredients for much of her career, and is currently on a mission to make Indigenous herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits part of everyone's kitchen pantry.
After first launching a pop-up stall at the South Melbourne Market in 2018, Mabu Mabu has grown into a loved local cafe in Yarraville and a significant catering businesses supplying universities, government departments as well as large and small organisations.
Our range of small batch native spices and tropical sauces can be purchased through our online store and are available for wholesale. We have recently launched our new line of Indigenous under the name 'Kara Meta' which means 'Our Home' in Meriam language.
Mabu Mabu acknowledges the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities who have been gathering, growing, harvesting and using Indigenous ingredients for over 60,000 years on the lands now known as Australia, in particular our chef's cultural heritage; the Komet Tribe of the Meriam People of Mer Island in the Torres Strait.