Focus (Balwyn) 8.5/10

Greetings fellow cafe lovers!

Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I hope that you have all been well and enjoying some good food and some fantastic coffee. A while back on one of my older blogs Rubix (make sure you check it out if you haven’t already) it was recommended that I tried out café Focus by a reader (Terry) who also happens to be a lecturer at my University who suggested that I try this café out.

So I gave my friend Beth a call and invited her to come along with me. Beth had just returned home after spending a year teaching English in Korea so I was eager to catch up and hear some of her stories.

From first glance I loved this café. Just looking in through the windows it looks like a warm and welcoming environment and we definitely not let down when we finally went in. It was actually quite a chilly Melbourne morning when we went and were both happy when we realised that it was lovely and warm inside. The warmth inside was like a warm hug from your grandmother and we both sat down to enjoy our surroundings.


The menu was delivered with a warm smile from the waiter. After reading through the menu I had finally made my decision, while Beth struggled, as there were so many delightfully tasty meals to choice from. In the end we decided to get two different meals, so that we could both have a taste of our favourite items on the menu. This photo was taken in late March 2016, so the menu might have changed.

Cafe Focus Menu (March 2016)


After ordering my usual coffee, which is almost always a latte, I sat back to start asking Beth about her time in Korea when I looked up and my coffee was ready. Their coffee service was incredibly fast and the taste of the coffee was amazing! This is one of the best coffee’s that I have had in a while, it had a beautiful rich aroma and the flavour was unbelievable.

Coffee rating: 4/5      4 out of 5

Latte ($3.50)

Beth decided to order her favourite drink, which was a green tea. She said that it was very tasty, but was nothing special or different to what she has had in the past.

Green Tea rating: 3/5    3 out of 5

Green Tea ($4)

Beth ordered the buttermilk waffle, which was topped with roasted nuts, seasonal fruits and mascarpone whipped cream. On this occasion Beth asked if they could remove the roasted nuts and the kitchen were happy to do so. When it arrived at the table she gave me some to try and I have to say that it was absolutely DELICIOUS! Beth also said that she really enjoyed it and that it was the tastiest waffle that she’d had in a long time. Beth said that it was very filling and it was good quality without being too fancy and over the top. The waffle had a delightful crunch to it and had clean flavour combinations that melded together perfect, with no flavour over powering another. She said that she would definitely recommend it to all those waffle lovers or sweet breakfast fans out there.

So make sure you come on down and give these a go next time you are in the area.

Buttermilk waffle topped with roasted nuts, seasonal fruits and mascarpone whipped cream ($15.80)

I ordered the smashed avocado, which was served with Yarra Valley farm Persian fetta with wild rocket and apple salsa on organic pumpkin toast. The flavour combination of the meal was incredible! Whoever thought of adding apple to the dish is an absolute genius. If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you would know how much I love smashed avo and I have never seen anyone add apple to the dish. I found the apple added this interesting texture against the silky smooth avo and crunchy pumpkin toast. The wild rocket tasted fantastic with the avo, I’m usually not a fan of rocket as it’s usually quite bitter, but I found that this type was great! The fetta added a beautiful rich flavour that helped to balance out the flavours on the dish.

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Smashed avocado served with Yarra Valley farm Persian fetta with wild rocket and apple salsa on organic pumpkin toast ($16.80)
Smashed avocado served with Yarra Valley farm Persian fetta with wild rocket and apple salsa on organic pumpkin toast ($16.80)


As I said before, this café has such a warm and welcoming atmosphere. As soon as you walk in you are greeted by smiling staff members that are almost ready to welcome you to the family. Stepping into the café is almost stepping into the owner’s home. They were so warm and welcoming that you felt like you could sit there all day drinking coffee and watching the world go by.

The wall had beautiful pictures all over it and the lights added a great ambiance.

There are quite a number of tables within this café, but I’m sure over the weekends they get quite busy. So it would be safe to say that you should get there early to ensure you get a seat or you might have to wait. But I can definitely promise you that the wait would be totally worth it!

Also it is nice to known that there is quite a bit of parking in the area. There is a fair bit of parallel street parking along the main road (Whitehorse Road) and parking around the back of the café as there is a supermarket next door.


Address: 439 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn, Melbourne, (Vic)

Phone: (03) 9888 5301

Operating Hours: 

Monday –Friday  –7:00 am- 5:00 pm                               

Saturday –Sunday – 7:00 am – 500 pm

Focus information

CAFÉ RATING = 8.5/10 

Have you visited Focus café 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,

Happy eating



5 thoughts on “Focus (Balwyn) 8.5/10

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  1. Phew! I was getting worried when I hadn’t seen your comments. Given that I recommended it I was also obviously keen to see your thoughts. Glad you liked it. Ken and Karen (I think that are their names) are wonderful people. I actually had breakfast there this morning. I was looking out for you. Keep up the great work Kim. It is a delight to read your reviews. Terry


    1. Thank you for your suggestion Terry. We really enjoyed our meal at this cafe and I’ve actually recommended it to number of my friends who live in that area. I love writing these blogs and have finally made my blog site into an official website, so hopefully I get a few more views.
      Keep well,
      – Kim


  2. Love the waffles here, I would also recommend their gangnam fried chicken and waffle dish – tender chicken inside and delicious waffle, with an interesting combination of soy sauce and maple syrup which actually works!


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