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...





WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
·        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)


WHAT WE ATE...
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.  

Pizza

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

WHAT WE DRANK...
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).

Latte

SERVICE...
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...


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