a couple with 3 young children who enjoy eating out as a family
Joined 28 February 2008 Glen Waverley, VIC
brilliant place for quick and cheap lunch/breakfasts, no regular menu other than at least 3 healthy, wholesome salads, just daily specials. the battered fish fillets with chips and salads $9 is sizeable and tasty. the vegie wraps with cheese, mushrooms etc are good. ready made egg sandwich are handy, although would be better with grainy wholemeal bread rather than white. nachos, lamb souvlaki dim sims and in winter wholesome soups are other options available. superb hot coffees and plenty of indoor seating.
they use premium ingredients such as noisette bread who make some of the best sourdoughs around and bonsoy. weekly breaky specials during summer this year have included poached eggs on toast with green olive tapenade and fetta, zucchini and lemon currant salad as well as bananas with hazelnut and white chocolate poached pears and rum coconut icecream - how yummy foes that sound for $15?. pastas of day have included fusselini with prawns, chilli, garlic, basil and cherry tomatoes for $17 and rissottos porcini and wild mushroom risotto $16. they even have specials drinks of the day such as iced apple, lychee and green tea with fresh mint for $4.
the regular menu still has the best lamb salad around with handfuls of almonds, rocket, roasted beetroot, chargrilled asparagus spears drizzled with sumac yoghurt dressing. if they were just 10 mins closer to my home I could get a perfect coffee everyday (blackboard always indicates coffee origin for day for single origin/cold drip/pour over). as there is no open outdoor area when sunny the covered walkway between front shop and back courtyard is nice if just 2 of you to sit and feel sunshine (reminds me of a little European alleyway)
can never understand how these massive venues do enough business to be worthwhile. the drinks are always far too sweet to be enjoyable. cant understand why the food is so unhealthy and overly sickly and sweet, but they use healthy items such as organic eggs and buckwheat in their pancakes. don't know why for such large restaurants they cant have healthier options of meals other than pancakes. coffees are quite good
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