Hiya fellow cafe lovers!
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I hope that you have all been well and enjoying some good food. This is a café that I know pretty well and I have been going here for many years now and I finally thought that it was about time that I wrote a review on it.
This little café is located in The Pines Shopping Centre (Stockland) in Doncaster East. It’s a very popular café with all the locals as it has tasty food and good coffee all of which are reasonably priced.
There are quite a number of tables at this café, but as it is in a shopping centre and right outside Coles supermarket it can get very busy and before you know it there are no chair left.
FOOD & DRINKS
This café has a very large menu, which caters for a number of different meals and has something for even the fussiest of eaters. Their menu includes a breakfast selection one for adults and a special one for children, a lunch selection, a sandwich and focaccia selection, an appetizers selection, selection of drinks and their sweet treats and cakes. Below I have a few pages of their menu, I apologise for the terrible photos of the menu, the lighting inside the cafe was awful on this particular day.
This was their menu in March 2016 and could have changed.
I ordered my usual, which is a latte. It was very hot when it arrived which was fantastic as it was so bitterly cold on this particular Melbourne morning. But I personally felt that it could have been made a bit stronger, it was rather to milky for me. I have had coffee here number of times in the past and on those occasions it was made a lot better, so maybe the barrister was just having an off day. But I do love that this coffee is so reasonably priced to other places in the area. Most places usually charge $3.80 for a coffee.
Coffee rating: 2/5
I ordered the Indulgence smashed avo which was served with fetta, roasted tomato and two poached eggs on sourdough toast. If you have read any of my previous blogs (I would strongly suggest you do if you want more ideas of where to eat) you would know that I love love love smashed avo on toast.
This dish was pretty good, except for the roasted tomato. I have never heard of any café putting cooked/roasted tomato with smashed avo before and I really understand why now. It is the strangest flavour combination. Tomato and avo go great together in a salad when they are both cold and raw but having cooked tomato with this dish wasn’t great. I ended up pushing the tomato to the side and leaving it. But at the end of the day that my personal preference and if you like cooked tomato than go for it, I’m sure you’ll just love it. Other than that the dish was very tasty, the eggs were cooked really well and they served a lot of avo, which was fantastic!
My dad ordered the classic bacon and eggs, which was served with two poached eggs, bacon and toast and he added some cooked tomato. He said that it was very tasty and he loves how reasonably priced this meal is. He also loves that this places has Worcestershire sauce or some call it black sauce, as so many cafés in Melbourne don’t actually have it.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The staff members at this café are all very friendly and I have such high respect for them as they have to manage and serve such a big area. As I have said in the past, I’m not a huge fan of counter ordering, I prefer table service. I always feel to under pressure to make a quick decision when lining up and placing my order. But I understand this would be a lot easier due to the large amount of floor space and tables that this café has. It has a warm and relaxed atmosphere, where you can see lots of customers reading their newspapers or chatting away to their family and/or friends. It is a great café to take young children to as they are very child friendly.
There are a large number of tables at this café, with tables inside that café, outside the café in the shopping centre and outside in the fresh air. So there are plenty of places to choice from, but just something to keep in mind that they get very busy on the weekends so I would suggest you get there before 10am on a Saturday if you want a choice of where you’d like to sit.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT INDULGENCE CAFÉ
Address: The Pines, 181 Reynolds Road, Doncaster East, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9841 4980
Monday – Wednesday- 9:00 am -5:30 pm
Thursday – 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday – 9:00 am- 8:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 6.5/10
Have you visited Indulgence 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,