Trei Café (Glen Waverley) 8/10

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IMG_1450Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I had heard so many good things about this café and had seen so many photos of their food on social media that I knew I had to add it to my list of cafés (my list seems to grow everyday, haha).

I gave my friend Beth a call and asked her to join me. We enjoy getting together for our weekly catch-ups and thought that it would be a perfect opportunity for us to try Trei Café out.

Trei Café was really easy to find as it sits along Blackburn Road and the giant sign outside helps you to spot it as you come down the road. Parking is relatively easy to find, as there are a number of parking spots at the front of the café, just along Blackburn road. But it is important to note that these parking sports are in a one-hour time zone. There is also a number of parking spots up one of the side streets, which will allow you to park there for at least two hours.

FOOD & DRINKS 

Trei Café has quite an extensive menu and has a great number of both sweet and savoury meals. All meals are guaranteed to leave a smile on your dial. They have the most delicious sounding smoothies, I think I’ll have to go back sometime and give them ago. The following menu photos were taken in early May 2016 and might have changed.

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Trei Cafe Breakfast (May 2016)
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Lunch and Drinks Menu (May 2016)

The coffee arrived very quickly after ordering it, probably within about four to five minutes. It had a fantastic rich flavour and was strong enough for my liking. The only this was that it was slightly cold when it arrived at the table.

Coffee rating: 3/5     3 out of 5

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Latte ($3.50)

Today Beth and I decided to share two different dishes; we both have a sweet tooth and wanted to try two of their sweet breakfast dishes. We decided that we would both cut the food in half and swop plates when we had finished our half.

One of the dishes was the coconut hotcakes with vanilla and nutmeg co yo ice cream, coconut nectar, toasted pistachios and blueberries. When it arrived at our table we were both astonished at how beautifully it had been plated. There were three thick hotcakes, topped with the vanilla and nutmeg ice cream and the nuts and blueberries spread over the plate like confetti. The gorgeous pink from the little flowers made the food look amazing and we couldn’t wait to dig in.

I thought that the hotcakes have a fantastic texture. They were golden brown and crunchy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. They were so light and fluffy inside,that we didn’t feel all heavy and lethargic after eating them. I had never heard of putting nutmeg into ice cream before, but it was a lovely flavour combination and the nutmeg complemented the subtle coconut taste in the hotcakes.

Both Beth and I felt that this dish needed something else. Maybe it needed more coconut nectar, as we found the hotcakes on the dry side and the nectar only seemed to be on the top hotcake. Maybe they need to serve some more on the side in a little jug, so that the customer can pour more on if they need it.

But we still thoroughly enjoyed the dish and would most likely eat it again.

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Coconut hotcakes with vanilla and nutmeg co yo ice cream, coconut nectar, toasted pistachios and blueberries ($19.50)

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The second breakfast that we ordered was the twice-cooked banoffie French toast which was served with dulce de leche, banana, mascarpone and cookie crumbs. For those who don’t know what dulce de leche is (because I certainly didn’t), it is a sweet creamy caramel sauce which usually made by heating milk and sugar.

We both thought that the dish was divine! We both loved the idea of twice cooked French toast as it has a completely different flavour to regular French toast. It has this crunch of the outside and a soft and fluffy inside which you don’t always get from regular French toast.

The dulce de leche sauce was incredible! I’ve never had this type of sauce before and thought that it was something compeletly different and loved that Trei Café paired this with their French toast. Lets be honest we all get sick of the same old berry compote sauce and its great to have something different. The dulce de leche sauce brought a sweetness to the French toast without making it to sweet, the banana helped to balance the sweet flavour from the sauce and the savoury flavour from the toast.

Like the hotcakes, this dish was plated so beautifully! I loved the purple flowers that were on the plate; they helped to add a pop of colour to the dish without having to add berries. Finally the cookie crunch was AMAZING!!! I think that it had an incredible chewy texture, which was something quite different to the silky dulce de leche sauce and the crunch of the toast.

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Twice-cooked banoffie French toast with dulce de leche, banana, mascarpone and cookie crumbs ($19.50)

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ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE

We went to Trei Café on a Thursday morning and when arrived they were so busy and they had no tables inside for us. So we agreed to sit outside.

IMG_1445From the little that I saw inside, there were a reasonable amount of tables and if they were that busy on a Thursday morning I could only imagine how busy they must be on the weekends. So if you want to eat here make sure you get here before 10 am, other wise you might have to wait. The inside was clean, simple and felt very warm and cosy. The light coloured walls and furniture made the place feel warm and inviting. We both loved that most tables had a little flower in a vase, which made it feel very homely and was a nice touch.

Trei Café only has three tables outside, but I can imagine in the warmer months those tables are very popular. As it was a cold day the people sitting outside were offered blankets to keep them warm. This showed us that they really cared about their customers and wanted them to feel comfortable.

The employees were all really friendly and helpful. They came out frequently to check on us and made sure that we were happy and warm.

As I said earlier, finding parking was quite easy. There are a number of parking spots outside the café, as well as parking alone the side street near Trei Café.

Both Beth and I really enjoyed our meal at Trei Café and would definitely go back and would also recommend it to anyone in the area or for anyone who loves a good sweet breakfast like us.

OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT TREI CAFÉ

Address: 232 Blackburn Road, Glen Waverley, Melbourne, (Vic)

Phone: (03) 9802 0960

Map: here

Facebook: here

Instagram: @treicafe

Operating Hours: 

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Friday  –7:30 am- 4:00 pm                               

Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

 Trei Cafe Information

CAFÉ RATING = 8/10 

Have you visited Trei 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

-Kim

 

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