How’s it going café lovers?
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! A while back I went to Barclays Café in Heathmont with my Dad for a quick Saturday morning breakfast. After hearing about them on Facebook I thought that I’d better check them out and see if it’s as good as some of my friends were saying.
Barclays Café is pretty easy to find, as it sits on Canterbury Road and is pretty close to Mister Fox and Chapter Too,be sure you check those reviews out if you are looking for a café in the same area. The large orange sign outside also makes it pretty easy to spot.
We found parking pretty easily outside the café, but as there are a number of little shops along the same strip, it could become quite challenging during the late mornings and early afternoons.
It’s also great to know that they offer a 12.5% discount as an early bird special, which is something that most other cafés in the area don’t offer.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu at Barclays Café is quite large and they have a number of dishes to choose from. They also have the space to hold functions, which is great if you are looking for somewhere to hold your next birthday party or Christmas function.
The following menu photos were taken in late November 2016 and might have changed since.
I ordered a latte, but I have to say that I didn’t enjoy it at all. First of all, when it arrived at the table it was piping hot and I couldn’t drink it. When I could finally have a sip it was so bitter and the milk had been burnt. I don’t normally add sugar to my coffee, but this time I had to.
Coffee rating: 1/5
My Dad ordered the Egg Sombrero, which was a homemade potato & leek hash brown topped with tomato relish, baby spinach, Barclay’s chilli beans and a poached egg.
We both thought that it looked pretty interesting when it arrived at the table. It was a very different take on a hash brown, and my Dad was quite excited to try it. But as soon as he cut into it and took his first bit he, was very disappointed that it was ice cold. With that, his poached egg was also over cooked and basically had the same texture as rubber. He sent it back and the kitchen was happy to make him another one. It came back to the table pretty quickly, which was great. This time it was super hot and the egg was cooked slightly better than the last one.
He said that he loved how crispy the hash was and thought that the flavour combinations were great! He thought that the Barclay’s chilli added another interesting flavour to the dish and helped to tie all the elements together.
I ordered the breakfast burger, which came with a pork & fennel sausage, bacon, fried eggs, Smokey BBQ sauce, tasty cheese and house-made relish served on toasted Turkish bread.
Lets be honest, this was pretty awful. When it arrived at the table, I was rather disappointed with what I received; it didn’t look appetising at all. It looked like something you would serve up at home. It looked a bit slap dash, as if it had just been thrown on the plate. I think that they could have added something else to the plate to make it more interesting or even cut the roll in half and place it nicely on the plate with some sort of decoration.
Next the eggs were so overcooked that they were dry, which made the whole dish dry and hard to swallow. In the end, I had to ask for more BBQ sauce to help add some moisture to what I was eating.
We were taking to the people next to us and they also said that their eggs were overcooked. Maybe the kitchen was having a bad day (which I can understand), but for four people to complain about the eggs is something to be concerned about. More checks need to be done before food leaves the kitchen.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The staff members at Barclays Café were all very friendly and everyone working there greeted us at some point made us feel very welcomed.
They were also very helpful when it came to explaining the items on the menu and were happy to take my Dad’s dish back to the kitchen to get reheated and get extra sauce for me when I asked for it. They also took our thoughts and complaints well and apologised and said that they would pass it on.
There are quite a number of tables within the café, so I’m sure you’ll find a seat when you go. They also have a few tables outside, which would be a great spot on a warm morning or afternoon.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT BARCLAYS CAFÉ
Address: 196 Canterbury Rd, Heathmont VIC 3135, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9738 2366
Monday –Friday –6:30 am- 4:30 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 5/10
Have you visited Barclays 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,