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The Ribovlaki, Invented by Third Wave Cafe in Melbourne

Attention all meat lovers! The Ribovlaki has arrived and it’s taking Melbourne by storm. Created by Third Wave Cafe, the Ribovlaki is the ultimate carnivore’s dream – a large, fluffy pita filled with a whole slow-smoked beef rib, smoked lamb shoulder, and BBQ chicken.

Ribovlaki from Third Wave Cafe
Ribovlaki from Third Wave Cafe

But it’s not just the meats that make this meal a game-changer. The Ribovlaki is also topped with a rich cheese sauce, zesty garlic sauce, and Third Wave’s signature BBQ sauce. It’s then rounded out with crispy chips, juicy tomatoes, and fresh onions. And if that’s not enough, a mini HSP is served on the side, featuring beer-battered fries, smoked lamb, and even more sauce.

The Ribovlaki is not for the faint of heart. This is a meal that is meant to be shared, as it’s enough to satisfy two people or one extremely hungry individual. And the presentation is just as impressive as the taste – the Ribovlaki is presented smoking on your table, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

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So why is the Ribovlaki so special? First and foremost, it’s the quality of the meats. Third Wave Cafe takes pride in using only the best ingredients, and it shows in every bite of the Ribovlaki. The slow-smoked beef rib is tender and juicy, while the smoked lamb shoulder is bursting with flavor. And the BBQ chicken? It’s simply mouthwatering.

But it’s not just the meats that make this meal stand out. The combination of sauces, chips, and fresh veggies add a depth of flavour that is truly unparalleled. And the mini HSP on the side is the perfect addition, as it allows you to try even more of Third Wave’s delicious meats and sauces. Third Wave is seriously one of the meatiest places in Melbourne.

Of course, there’s one catch – you can only experience the Ribovlaki at Third Wave Cafe in Albert Park. But trust us, it’s well worth the trip. The atmosphere at Third Wave is cozy and welcoming, and the staff is always friendly and helpful. And when you finally take that first bite of the Ribovlaki, you’ll know that you made the right choice.

So what are you waiting for? To experience the Ribovlaki book your table at Third Wave Cafe in Melbourne today and prepare to indulge in the ultimate meat feast. Your taste buds will thank you. CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR TABLE.


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.