Sunday, 28 April 2013

Post Office Cafe

It was my grandfather’s 88th birthday and he was after some country pub fare so we were heading out to the St. Andrew’s pub. As it was market day, it was unbelievably busy and therefore we were unable to park our car near the pub. So instead we headed to Hurstbridge. I just happened to have a free meal voucher, thanks to my wonderful Uncle Rob, for the Post Office Cafe in my bag so we decided to go there for lunch. Set in the lovely old post office building, the cafe is very inviting. The back of the cafe unexpectedly opens up to a waterfall! We were going to sit outside but there were a lot of wasps so we sat in the cosy front room. Beautiful fresh roses decorated the tables and the walls were hung with artist’s paintings for you to buy. We had a very long time to marvel at the interior design because we had to wait, and wait, and wait for a menu... We eventually managed to find a menu hidden on another table. No table service here of course and when we went to order at the counter the man could barely bring himself to take our order. My grandmother and I ordered the Smoked salmon focaccia ($14.95) which consisted of smoked salmon, cream cheese, baby spinach, capers, semi-dried tomatoes, and basil pesto. These must have been heated for a long time! Smoked salmon never tastes as good when it has been cooked. This smoked salmon was so dry... A couple of lettuce leaves accompanied our focaccias which was hardly exciting. They could have at least provided a boring side salad for that price. My mother went for the Chicken focaccia ($13.95) which contained sliced chicken breast, tomato pesto, baby spinach, semi-dried tomatoes, avocado spread, and Swiss cheese. Real avocado would have been a better choice than avocado dip... The birthday boy decided on a Pie ($14.95) with chips and salad. This was the best meal of the day. The salad had a curious, fruity dressing that everyone loved. Our lattes ($3.50) were thankfully good, and each came with a yummy choc-chip cookie. This cafe has so much potential to be good but the service needs to be seriously improved...

Address: 794 Main Road, Hurstbridge, VIC.  

Phone: 03 9718 2911

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