When I have a bayside house-sitting job, I love hanging out in Sandringham as it feels like a small beachside town rather than a suburb of Melbourne. Now I have a really cool café to go to for breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, etc. This year Bluff Town opened in Sandringham. If you like The Resident in Ashburton, then you will really love Bluff Town... The food at Bluff Town is fabulous and the Spring Menu has some very tempting items. The Bluff Town Lunchbox is a novel idea where you receive a bun filled with goodies, a salad, and a sweet for just $15. A narrow, corner site is where you will find Bluff Town which stretches back to some very inviting booths. The concrete elements of the interior are softened by pale timber, greenery, and interesting artwork.
WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
· House made hash brown, slow braised beef brisket, garden herb goats curd, fried egg ($21.00)
· Southern fried chicken, mozzarella and chive waffle, candied crispy bacon crumb, spiced maple ($16.00)
· Pan seared house made gnocchi, roasted pumpkin purée, sautéed spinach, asparagus, eggplant, roasted pine nuts and shaved pecorino cheese ($19.00)
· Crispy duck breast, honey and ginger glaze, celeriac purée – kohlrabi, barberry and apple salad ($21.00)
WHAT WE ATE...
I chose the ‘Lemon, dill, sumac and tea cured ocean trout, freshly shaved horseradish crème fraiche, avocado mousse, crushed peas and crumbed soft boiled egg ($19.00)’. Some of my favourite ingredients were on this plate so how could I go wrong? It was indeed scrumptious! Sometimes I can find trout to be quite rich but this cured ocean trout was so delightful. The freshness of the peas cut back the richness and the horseradish crème fraiche and avocado mousse were luscious. The crumbed soft boiled egg was perfectly cooked and was icing on the cake...
My dining companion picked the ‘Confit and fresh heirloom tomato, date and peanut ricotta, basil olive oil, soft herbs and prosciutto dust – Turkish ($16.00)’. This dish was also brilliant. The date and peanut ricotta was an intriguing combo that totally worked and the confit tomatoes were like little tomato jellies that exploded in your mouth.
WHAT WE DRANK...
If you prefer something a little stronger, you can order an ‘Espresso Martini ($9.50)’ or a ‘Strawberry Mojitio ($12.00)’. My latte ($3.80) made with Five Senses Coffee was magnificent.
The staff are very friendly and efficient and are more than happy to run down the daily specials for you.
Address: 18-34 Station Street, Sandringham, VIC
Phone: 03 9598 2727
Mon – Sun: 7.00am – 4.00pm
P.S. Another eatery nearby is the White Rabbit Restaurant...