Sunday, 5 July 2015

Barclays Cafe

When I am in Heathmont I usually end up at the Village Food Store for a coffee. However, I heard that Barclays Cafe had recently become under new management. We thought we would give it a try. We were seated out the back in the heated courtyard as the inside was full. There was an immense selection of tempting cakes displayed in the glass cabinet which I will have to try on a return visit for afternoon tea. Barclays Cafe also has some upcoming events including a High Tea on July 7th and Christmas in July on July 17th. Check out their website for further details...

·        Egg Sombrero House-made potato & leek hash brown topped with tomato relish, baby spinach, Barclay’s chilli beans & a poached egg. ($14.00) *Gluten Free
·        Green Eggs & Ham - Scrambled eggs with basil pesto, double smoked ham, parmesan & rocket, served on grilled Turkish bread. ($16.00)
·        Gourmet Lamb Burger - Premium lamb patty in a brioche bun with house made beetroot relish, caramelised onion, baby cos & tasty cheese with sweet potato chips & herb mayo. ($18.00)
·        Pulled Pork Wrap - Slow braised pork shoulder, carrot, Chinese cabbage, coriander, spring onion & chilli ($15.50)

I chose the ‘Pizza - garlic prawns, basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, feta and rocket ($15.00)’. The pizza base was pita bread which I found to be a bit dry and crunchy. For $15.00 I would have assumed that they would make their own pizza bases... Cocoa Moon in Warrandyte has superior pizzas served in a café environment. The topping was alright but could have been elevated by a drizzle of olive oil over the rocket.  


My dining companion decided to have the ‘Zucchini Bacon Slice - house made zucchini and bacon slice with tomato relish and garden salad ($14.50)’. Although the zucchini slice tasted good, the dish consisted mostly of salad. The tomato relish improved the slice which sometimes can be a bit bland.

Zucchini and Bacon Slice

Items from the drinks list include a glass of ‘Mr Wolf Pinot Gris ($8.00)’ and a ‘Choc-Macadamia milkshake ($4.50)’. My latte ($4.00) made with Jasper Fairtrade Organic coffee was good but did have a lot of foam. You expect a fantastic coffee when they are charging $4.00. The coffee is much better up the road at the Village Food Store. Next time I might try a ‘Christmas Tea’ by High Tea with Harriet ($3.70).


The service was very friendly but there was a long wait for food. This may be due to the fact that it is quite a large venue and was very busy. 

Address: 196 Canterbury Road, Heathmont, VIC

Phone: 03 9738 2366

Trading Hours:
Mon – Fri: 6.30am – 4.30pm
Sat – Sun: 7.30am – 4.30pm

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P.S. Other eateries nearby are Chapter Too and the Vanilla Pod...

Friday, 3 July 2015

The Peddler Cafe

I visited the Peddler Café when it first opened and a latte set me back $4.20 and I don’t remember it being anything special. A magnificent view of the Dandenongs from the café may be the reason for the high coffee prices... or perhaps the monopoly the Peddler has. Anyway, I thought it was time to give it another crack. Good news! The coffee prices have dropped with a latte now costing $4.00. The interior was cosy with comfortable retro chairs, green walls and a black ceiling. Not sure about the mishmash of amateur art covering the walls but I guess it gave a homely feel. The Peddler Café is a much needed place in the area to catch up with friends over some fantastic food. The service and coffee need a bit of improvement though...

·        Pancake Stack,  white chocolate and ginger crumble, berries, cream, maple syrup ($15.50)
·        BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders, brioche, pickled red onion, mustard mayo, potato salad ($17.50)
·        Campfire (Baked) Eggs, chorizo, bacon, butter beans, chilli, parmesan, Napoli ($18.90)
·        Soft Shell Crab Burger, wasabi mayo, coriander slaw in a ciabatta bun ($18.90)
·        Grilled chicken dippers with mayonnaise, lettuce and toast ($7.90) *kid’s menu

I decided to have the ‘Zucchini Fritters, ricotta, smoked salmon, sour cream, herb salad ($18.50)’. This was brilliant and very filling. The charred fritters were creamy inside and matched perfectly with the smoked salmon and sour cream. The beautifully dressed salad offset the richness of the meal.

Zucchini Fritters

My dining companion opted for something from the Chef’s Specials. The ‘Prosciutto wrapped asparagus – poached eggs, truffle pecorino cheese, salsa verde ($17.50)’ was also a thoroughly enjoyable dish. The asparagus was fresh and the truffled pecorino added a lavish touch. 

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus with oozing yolks

Some ‘Well Being Tea ($4.90)’ or ‘Hot water with lemon ($2.00)’ may appeal to the health conscious. My latte ($4.00) tasted slightly burnt and my dining companion found there to be quite a lot of froth compared to actual coffee. This was also evident on other tables.


I found the service to be a bit lacking. We were left standing in the doorway for some time and it took quite a while for them to come and take our order. Also, our table was quite dirty...

Address: 295b Springfield Road, Nunawading, Melbourne, VIC

Phone: 03 9877 4381

Trading Hours:
Wed – Sun: 7.00am – 4.00pm

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P.S. Other eateries nearby are Station Street Cafe and Miss Polly...

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