Monday, 31 August 2015

Café Vue at Heide


One of my favourite picnic spots in Melbourne is at Heide in Bulleen. My family often used to take me on an expedition around the gardens and thus I’ve been bombarded over the years with Sunday Reed facts by my family... After your picnic, you can stroll around the grounds and discover the bold sculptures or pop into the Heide Museum of Modern Art. On this occasion I neglected to bake something sweet to go with our picnic so we thought we might try the café. Café Vue at Heide is another Shannon Bennett creation which uses fresh produce from Sunday Reed’s original kitchen garden. A glass box creates the indoor eating area but it is lovely sitting under the trees in the outdoor area. If you can’t be bothered making your own picnic, they offer a hamper for two for $70 but you need to provide 24 hours notice. There are also museum and cafe packages so check out the museum’s website for more details...







WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
·        Heide Reuben Sandwich ($22.00)
·        Grilled Octopus Saganaki Salad ($22.00)
·        Greenvale Farm Pork Plate ($35.00)
·        Porridge Banana Coconut Macadamia ($14.00)
·        Garden Soup and Burnham Sourdough ($14.00)


WHAT WE ATE...
I had a sneaky peak at the menu for future reference but it was quite limited and not very tempting except for the Heide Reuben Sandwich. However, I’m never going to order a $22 sandwich...



We decided to share a cake. Some cakes are on view on the counter but the majority are secreted right at the back where you really need binoculars to make a selection. We chose a ‘Pistachio and lemon curd cupcake ($3.50)’ which just also happened to be gluten free. The lemon curd was tangy and the cake was super moist and bright green inside. The additional chunks of pistachio in the cake added a lovely crunch.



WHAT WE DRANK...
My latte ($3.90) was petite and cold but tasted quite nice with fruit and chocolate notes. If I return for afternoon tea, I will try out their Garden Iced Tea ($7.50) or have a pot of Chamellia Organic Tea ($3.50)...



SERVICE...
The service was adequate but they lacked knowledge and warmth. Don’t expect any smiles...





Address: Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC

Phone: 03 9852 2346




Trading Hours:
Tues – Fri: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Sat – Sun: 9.00am – 5.00pm

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P.S. Have you tried Shannon Bennett’s Piggery Café in Sherbrooke?




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