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Located in the North Eastern suburbs of Melbourne in Blackburn South along Canterbury Road lies Charlotte’s Corner.
This place has a lovely interior with beautiful exposed red bricks, which gives this café a rustic feel which follows the latest trend in Melbourne. This café is easy for Blackburn locals to get to and visit in their spare time. There isn’t much parking in the surrounding area, with only one hour parking in the side streets, which is something to keep in mind. Charlotte’s Corner is a very popular place for mothers and their young children and is a great spot for mothers groups to meet up. Charlotte’s Corner has a play area for children to enjoy while their mothers sit and chat. I have been here in the past and loved it and thought that it would be a great spot to catch up with my old school friend Lauren, but we were both very disappointed and probably wouldn’t return in a hurry.
FOOD & DRINKS
Charlotte’s Corner offers an extensive menu with a number of delicious sounding meals, with a special menu for children under 12; Charlotte’s corner has something for everyone at a more reasonable price than other cafés that I have visited in the past. This was their menu in April 2015 and might have changed.
The latte that I order was average; there was nothing different about it and a coffee that I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase again. It was lukewarm by the time it came to me which was disappointing as it was a cold morning and I was looking forward to a hot coffee.
Coffee rating: 2/5
Lauren ordered a hot chocolate, which the café forgot to list on their menu. She said that it was also average and that she has had better hot chocolate in the past. Also complaining that it was lukewarm instead of following its namesake of being “hot” chocolate.
Hot chocolate rating: 2/5
I ordered the sweet corn fritters with avocado, bacon, sour cream, tomato relish and poached eggs. Which were presented beautifully with the bright green of the avocado against the white of the plate and the rich dark red of the tomato relish. Once the poached eggs were cut open the bright yellow of the yolk finished the plate artwork off. The eggs were cooked perfectly; the tomato relish was seasoned well and added a smooth feel and taste to the dish. The bacon could have been a bit cruncher, as most would agree that there is nothing like crispy bacon, especially with their breakfast. All elements of the dish worked well together, with each balancing the other out leaving all your taste buds very happy.
Lauren went with the classic cheese and ham croissant, which was huge! As you can see in the photograph below. She said that it was quite tasty, except that some of the areas were slightly over cooked and ended up burnt. She said that left it a burnt taste in her mouth, but she said other than that there was a good amount of cheese and ham in it and that it wasn’t to dry.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
As said before, Charlotte’s Corner has a beautiful interior, that makes this place feel very trendy with their exposed brick wall (see photograph at the top of the blog). They also have a lovely painting outside on the wall, with its bright colours against the white wall helps to grab peoples attention and encourages them to come in and have a look. They have seating inside and outside near the children’s play area. The outside isn’t as beautifully done as other cafés that I have been to, as there are just tables and no plants to give it that great outdoorsy feel.
The service was very disappointing we sat outside and waited around 25 minutes for someone to take our order then the waiter told us he had forgotten about us and laughed. This was not what we wanted to hear; we had been waiting a while and were quite hungry. After that we waited another 20 minutes for our food to come out. Everything was slow, they were in no rush to service their customers and in no rush to make sure you were all right or wanted something else
ACTIVITIES TO DO IN THE AREA
Either before your meal by working up an appetite or after your meal to help with digestion and work your meal off, it would be recommended that you visit Blackburn Lake Sanctuary. Located just 2.9 km away from Charlotte’s Corner, Blackburn Lake Sanctuary is home to some amazing walking trails. They are currently fixing their children’s play area, which will be reopened in June. This is an excellent place to take the family, the kids will love to run around and look at the ducks. This is a great place to take a walk while catching up with friends.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT CHARLOTTE’S CORNER
Address: 106 Canterbury Road, Blackburn South (Vic)
Monday – 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday – Saturday- 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phone: (03) 9894 3907
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CharlottesCorner
Café Score = 6/10
Have you been to Charlotte’s Corner before? Please let me know what you thought of it. Hopefully they were just having an off day and that the service will return back to it was in the past.
Are there any cafés that you recommend that I try out? Please suggest them in the comments below.
Until next time,