697 Warrigal Road, Chadstone, VIC. 03 9569 6066
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
The Hidden Cafe
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!