Thirdwave Cafe

Ribovlaki – A Creation by Third Wave Cafe

Ribovlaki from Third Wave Cafe

Ok it is time to talk about the Ribovlaki, a huge tasty creation by Third Wave Cafe and we were the first to do it.

The Ribovlaki is such a unique dinning experience which can either be taken on by two people or ONE very hungry person, and trust us, this happens QUITE OFTEN.

What is in the Ribovlaki?

It is time for us to break down this marvellous creation.

FIRST, we create a unique souvlaki that is a GIGANTIC fluffy pita is stuffed with slow smoked beef rib, smoked lamb shoulder and BBQ CHICKEN. If that’s not enough already it also has cheese sauce, garlic sauce and Third Wave Cafe’s famous BBQ sauce. It also has chips, tomatoes and onion rings. This souvlaki itself is GIGANTIC and the HUGE beef rib is why we call it the RIBOVLAKI. RIb Souvlaki… get it?

Ribovlaki Third Wave Cafe
Ribovlaki From Third Wave Cafe

Is that all?

Is that all? Really? While you might get chips for a normal souvlaki, this Ribovlaki itself comes with a mini HSP On the side. That is tangy beer battered fries, smoked lamb and sauces. We then bring it to your table and serve it to you SMOKING.

Ribovlaki served SMOKING from Third Wave Cafe
Ribovlaki served SMOKING from Third Wave Cafe

The Ribovlaki was once a unique monthly special from Third Wave Cafe, which would have ended at the end of the month. This special was actually wildly popular so we brought it back as a permanent menu item, much to the happiness of everybody eating at Third Wave Cafe. You can see the full menu here.

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As you are served your Ribovlaki, it is served in a smoking manor which turns this food into a miniature theatre experience. This is why this item has become one of the most popular dishes on our menu.


Third Wave has become a religious experience on the Melbourne restaurant scene. Since opening in 2010, we have cemented a reputation as a great neighborhood cafe with a loyal breakfast and lunch crowd. People come from far and wide to enjoy our exceptional coffees and vast breakfast & lunch menu. Then by night, we transform into a bustling BBQ joint, inspired by the classic American smoke houses of the deep south. Today we are proud to be recognised as one of the best American BBQ experiences you’ll have outside of the US.


Third Wave Cafe started as a trendy inner Melbourne café with an aim to grow and so we did. After 9 years, we are one of Melbourne’s favourite American BBQ restaurants with a huge emphasis on slow-smoked meats and burgers.


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