Hello cafe lovers!!
Located just outside the hustle and bustle of the city, Mr. Hendricks can be found on Whitehorse Road in Balwyn.
This café is perfect for that quick lunch with work colleagues during the week or with the family on the weekend. With tables out the front, inside and out the back (with outdoor heaters), there is plenty of room for everyone, during all seasons. With plenty of parking along the side streets there is no excuse not to pay them a visit. I went there recently with one of my close friends Tiana, whose mom suggested that try it out. We were excited as we love going to café’s together and sitting there catching up on life events. We really enjoyed it and would say it’s a café that locals should add to their list.
FOOD & DRINKS
Mr. Hendricks has an excellent menu, a good mix of sweet and savoury items offering something for even the fussiest of eaters, the chefs at Mr. Hendricks know who to put a smile on everyone’s dial. This was the menu in April 2015 and may have changed since then.
As usual when I go to a café I have a latte, which is my go to coffee when I’m out and about and I have been drinking them for years. I have to say that this coffee wasn’t the best that I’ve have had and would recommend that they make it slightly stronger in the future. So you might want to suggest that if you happen to like your coffee particularly strong. But I loved the glass it was served in and love the design on the top.
Coffee rating: 2/5
Tiana had her usual which is a chai latte, it was presented so beautifully, but she had the same feedback saying that it needed to be stronger. Just something to keep in mind when ordering coffee there.
Chai rating: 2/5
I ordered the avocado on toast and added a poached egg. There is nothing I love more than having avocado on toast, I love the creamy taste and soft and fluffy feel against the crunchiness of the toast. By adding the poached egg the soft yolk adds richness to the dish making it even more delicious. The fetta that accompanies the dish add an extra creamy element and brings in a salty flavour that ties the whole dish together. The green bean and mint salad adds a fresh feeling bite after bite.
Tiana also ordered the avocado on toast, but added bacon and a potato hash instead of a poached egg. She said that she loved the meal and that the added bacon also added an extra level of richness and the crunchy texture which made her smile even more. The potato hash is a must try when visiting Mr. Hendricks, as its crunchy exterior and warm and soft interior puts a smile on your face, making every bite worth the calories they contain.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
As said before Mr. Hendricks has a number of table seating options. May I suggest sitting out at the back, even on a cold Melbourne day it still gives you that feeling of warmth. This outside area would also be beautiful during the summer months, due to the plants that surround it, which makes you feel as if your were eating in the country side. The service was wonderful; all the staff members were very welcoming and always had big smiles on their faces (maybe they have been eating the potato hashes). Meals came out relatively quickly which was great because we were both so hungry.
ACTIVITIES TO DO IN THE AREA
If you still have room after eating that delicious meal make sure you visit Hill Top Cakes down the road.
Address: 601 Whitehorse Road, Mont Albert
Phone: (03) 9836 2592
Monday – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wednesday – Friday – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Hill Top Cakes has great looking cakes and other baked treats, it’s definitely a place to visit if you have a soft spot for freshly baked breads and cakes. It is somewhere to visit if you need to take a desert to someone’s house or for afternoon tea and you want something with a homemade feel. Everything is so beautifully made and presented.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT MR HENDRICKS
Address: 469 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9830 7579
Monday – Closed
Tuesday- Thursday- 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mrhendrickscafe
Instagram Page: @mrhendrickscafe
Café Rating = 8/10
Have you visited Mr. Hendricks before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit? Comment down below, i’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,