at Chatham Street Cafe & Restaurant

Meet Our Chef & Team

The name and face behind the fabulous dishes we serve.

Meet our Sri Lankan born Head Chef - Shanil De Mel. A family man at heart, he has a passion for creating unique dishes and loves nothing more than bringing people together over a delicious meal. 

Shanil has extensive experience working in many different establishments around Melbourne. His passion for beautifully presented food using the freshest produce has seen him leaning more towards showcasing his expertise in the thriving cafe scene of Melbourne.  

With stints at Maze and more recently at Southbank’s Workshop Brothers, we are delighted that he has joined our team.


He’s excited to finally bring a Sri Lankan twist and fusion to a modern Australian cafe menu. We can’t wait for you to try his fabulous offerings!