Friday, 3 July 2015

The Peddler Cafe, Nunawading

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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