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Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I hope you are ready to join me for another food adventure around Melbourne. I went to Snow Pony years ago and I really enjoyed it and I thought that it was about time to go and visit them again as see if they were still as fabulous as the last time.
So I gave my good friend Beth a call and arranged for us to go one Wednesday morning for breakfast. We were very lucky when we arrived as it was relatively quite and managed to find a nice quite spot away from other people. With that parking in the area can be a bit challenging as the street parking along Whitehorse Road can go quite quickly. We parked in the parking lot just up the road and from there it is just a short walk to a heavenly meal.
It is important to note that you can only pay with cash at this café.
FOOD & DRINKS
Snow Pony has an interesting menu, which had a number of delicious sounding meals to choose from. I think you’ll have a tough time picking your favourite one.
The following menu photos were taken in September 2016 and the menu may have changed since then.
I ordered a cappuccino and I thought that it was ok. The flavours were fine and the consistency was ok. It wasn’t the worst coffee, but it wasn’t a stand out.
Coffee rating: 3/5
Beth ordered her favourite drink, which was a chai latte. She said that she quite enjoyed it, but also thought that it was average.
Chai rating: 3/5
I ended up ordering the toasted banana bread with maple mascarpone, berries and pistachio praline. Firstly I really liked how the dish was presented. I thought that spreading the maple mascarpone on both slices of banana bread was great! Usually cafés don’t give you enough and you end up skimping and scraping trying to make the mascarpone last. I also thought that the addition of the maple gave the mascarpone a great depth of flavour.
The toasted banana bread itself was delicious, it had a fantastic crunch on the outside and it was soft and fluffy on the inside. When it first arrived at the table it looked like a very small serving and I found that I was still slightly hungry, which is not what you want to be feeling when you’re paying $16.50.
Beth ordered the Pony’s benedict, which was served with poached eggs, English muffin, ham off the bone and apple cinder hollandaise sauce. It is important to note that there is a gluten free option if you need it.
Beth said that food was good, but it was not out standing. She said that the eggs were cooked really well and that the yolks were quite runny which is just the way she likes it. She said that the ham added an interesting flavour, which added an extra richness to the dish.
Finally the greenery added the much needed freshness to the dish and she felt that it was definitely needed.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
Snow Pony has a number of tables both inside the café as well as the outside in the courtyard area and the front of café. But I have a feeling that even on the weekends you will struggle to find a seat. So I would recommend that you arrive before 10am, otherwise you might have to wait.
I personally don’t like the look of the inside of the café; to me it’s incredibly boring in comparison to other cafés I’ve been to in the past. I feel that it is very dark in the café; I think that they need to add some more lights over the tables. The walls are also quite bare, they should definitely think about adding some artwork or even a mirror, as no one enjoys staring at a plain white wall.
Them employee’s were fine; they weren’t overly friendly and didn’t seem to check up on us very often. The service wasn’t terrible, but I’ve definitely had a better service and experience at other cafés.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SNOW PONY
Address: 95 Whitehorse Rd, Deepdene, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9816 8911
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 6.5/10
Have you visited Snow Pony 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,