Monday, 26 November 2012
A friend suggested to me a wonderful cafe in Seville they had discovered just off the Warburton Trail. This cafe also happens to be created from a train carriage... Well, I had to check out this place. This cafe certainly is hidden away. We turned off at the roundabout in the Warburton Highway and headed down a bucolic road until we spied a train carriage to our left. This is such a popular place! Even horses seem to enjoy coming here (or maybe that is due to their owners wanting a break on the trail). In front of the carriage is a large deck. As it was a lovely day, all the tables on the deck were taken. So instead we grabbed a table in the actual carriage. Of course this was our first choice anyway and much more in the spirit of the setting. Although, the children running up and down the corridor of the carriage was rather annoying. We perused the menu and found an interesting and tasty selection. Then I saw that a cappuccino was $2.80! Fantastic value. I chose the Roast Pumpkin Galette ($8.50). A puff pastry tart filled with roast pumpkin, sundried tomatoes, baby spinach, and Persian feta. Very yummy. My friend picked the Open Smoked Chicken Sandwich ($10.50). A thick slice of pastadura with garden salad, smoked chicken, and beetroot coleslaw. Also, delicious. We did have to wait some time for our food though. The sweet options were delightfully different from your usual cafe ‘fare’. Plus, the cakes ($5.50) are homemade. You can even have homemade ice-cream ($3.00). The cafe is closed on Monday and Wednesday but it is open on public holidays. It is definitely somewhere the kids would enjoy, as well as the ‘big’ kids.
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
After a busy morning of shopping at Chadstone, we wanted to escape the crowds and have a bite of lunch. I remembered that there was a cafe ‘hidden’ in the garden centre, Flower Power, up the road. It has been quite some time since I had been to this cafe and therefore was interested to see if it was still a pleasant cafe to visit. Well... no one could doubt that the setting here is still lovely. As today was warm, the folding doors were opened right up so we could enjoy all the flowers surrounding us. The place was busy but we managed to get a table. Everyone seemed to be ordering an iced coffee/chocolate. We ordered a couple of lattes ($3.40) instead. Maybe we should have ordered an iced coffee like everyone else because our coffees were cold. They didn’t taste that great either. As for food, I ordered the smoked salmon sandwich ($9.00). Smoked salmon, cream cheese, cucumber, red onion, capers, and spinach served on $1 supermarket bread tasted pretty damn good. A salad of mixed leaves, red cabbage, and carrot also accompanied the sandwich. My friend opted for one of the specials. Mushrooms sautéed in herb butter with poached eggs and English muffin ($11.50). Mushrooms were indeed plentiful and the herby butter lifted the dish. During the meal, a door bell would ring constantly which was really annoying, especially as it had the same ring as my own door bell! Not sure what this was for but I assume it was for signalling that food was ready to be taken out. A better method could surely be introduced in order to not detract from the pleasant environment of the cafe. Will I return? Yes, but definitely will be ordering tea instead of coffee!
Address: 697 Warrigal Road, Chadstone, VIC.
Phone: 03 9569 6066
Phone: 03 9569 6066
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
I have been hearing wonderful things about this charming little cafe tucked away in Mont Albert Road so I had to see for myself what was generating such excitement. I’ve always had this notion that I knew what a good coffee tasted like but today I was proven wrong. The coffee ($3.50) at the Red Brick Cafe is simply amazing. In fact, so amazing that I will find it quite difficult to go anywhere else for my next latte. Fear not my lovelies, I shall continue my food quest. The menu included a variety of interesting choices but I eventually decided on the Breakfast Bruschetta with two poached eggs ($13.50). This dish consisted of roasted tomatoes, smashed avocado, roquette, and feta on a piece of toast, with a balsamic reduction and the two poached eggs crowning the meal. Very delicious. My friend opted for the Breakfast Taco De Harina ($14.50). Served on a wooden chopping board, the tortilla was filled with scrambled eggs, mango relish, roasted tomatoes, spinach, bacon, and cheese. Even more delicious apparently, so I think I will order this next time. Or perhaps the Smashed Pumpkin ($10.50). The combination of pumpkin, roquette, pine nuts and fetta sounds very tempting. A quick perusal of the cakes (under $5.00) revealed some intriguing choices including a Hazelnut and Cranberry Meringue Cake. I love the gorgeous chandeliers and the fancy bottles the water comes in. I also love the fact that they provide table service. Why can’t all cafes offer this? It should be an essential element rather than an occasional occurrence. The wait staff are warm and efficient. I’m always impressed when they can remember your order without writing it down. A wonderful experience and can’t wait to visit again.
Thursday, 1 November 2012
I don’t know about you but I am now finding Sassafras and Olinda to be extremely busy and frustrating hamlets of the Dandenongs. I now prefer to bypass both and continue on to Kallista where I can easily find a car park and enjoy a relaxing lunch. The Kallista Deli is somewhere you feel so content that you are reluctant to leave. Perhaps it is observing the antics of the visiting crow hunting for goodies amongst the tables out the front that puts you in a hypnotic state. However, I think that the tasty and comforting food and the peaceful atmosphere also contribute to this. My favourite dish is the Eggs on Salmon ($14). Two poached eggs served on a large slice of toast with lots of smoked salmon, quarter of an avocado, spinach, and plenty of hollandaise sauce. As this dish is quite filling, I usually opt for the Calmer Sutra Chai tea ($3.50) which is one of the best chai blends I have had at a cafe. Sometimes they offer honey to go with it which makes it even better. The coffee ($3.50) can be a little bitter so I usually have tea here anyway. The breakfast menu is served until 2pm. I also like the Mushies Galore ($12.50) which has mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, spinach, and fetta on toast. From the lunch menu, the Salmon and Fetta Frittata ($9.90) is also tasty and includes a yummy, creamy herb mayo and an interesting salad. There are also cakes if somehow you can eat anymore food. The food usually takes a while to arrive but that allows you to gossip with your friends while you wait. The young staff have always been friendly and are happy to help. After lunch, you can pop over the road to Vintage Cookbooks if you still have food on your mind...
Address: 78a Monbulk Rd, Kallista, VIC.
Phone: 03 9755 2887