Hiya café lovers!
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! Late last year I went to Penny Drop with my friends Beth. Penny Drop is located in the heart of Box Hill (along Whitehorse Road); with the train station just a short walk away. With beautiful glass windows surrounding the front of the café, allowing all the natural light to shine through, you’ll be happy to sit there any day of the week and enjoy a coffee, while you watch the world go by.
Parking can be quite challenging, as most of the street parking outside the café gets taken quickly. I suggest parking in the street behind the café, near the chemist warehouse. An added bonus is that you don’t have to pay for parking here unlike in the main street, which means more money for another coffee, which is a win in my books!
FOOD & DRINKS
The Penny Drop has quite an interesting menu, with a number of breakfast, lunch and dinner options. The Asian inspired menu will really get you stepping out and trying something different or trying one of your favourites with a special twist.
The following menu photos were taken in December 2016 and might have changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino; the flavour was ok, but I personally didn’t think it was rich enough. It also wasn’t as thick and creamy as I’ve had in the past.
Coffee rating: 2/5
Beth ordered the Matcha latte; she thought that flavours were ok, but weren’t as great as she’d had in the past.
Matcha rating: 3/5
Beth ordered the buttermilk hotcake stack (It’s getting hot in here), with pistachio floss, black sesame, coconut, berry compote and palm sugar caramel.
Beth enjoyed her meal, saying that the hotcakes were light and fluffy and quite filling. She thought that the pistachio floss was a great touch and added another interesting flavour to the dish. The berry compote was fine and she was glad that it wasn’t to sour. She said that she wasn’t a fan of the coconut and thought that it wasn’t needed, as there were already too many other flavours on the plate.
I ordered the potato and garlic waffle (Don’t waffle, hop to it), with poached eggs, grandmother ham, hollandaise and wakame. As a fan of eggs benedict, I always love trying the different takes on the dish. I thought that having the waffle inside of the toast was quite different. The waffle honestly didn’t taste too different to other savoury waffles that I’ve had in the past. I couldn’t really taste the potato or the garlic; I guess the hollandaise sauce was just a bit too over powering.
The eggs were cooked quite well and the ham had an interesting flavour. The waffle was slightly overcooked for my liking, as it was a bit too crunchy.
I’m glad I tried this dish, but I personally didn’t like it enough to have it again.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The Penny Drop has quite a few tables inside, with a bench table along the window overlooking Whitehorse Road. We both loved the wooden floors and structures around the café, and felt that they added warmth and made it more inviting. The comfy cushioned bench seating around the café was fantastic and we felt as if we could sit there all day.
I thought that their coffee loyalty cards was something quite different to what most Melbourne cafes have, as it’s an electronic one, similar to what we used to have for Video Easy or Blockbuster. This means that you can easily put it on your key ring with your car keys and never lose it.
The employees at The Penny Drop are super friendly and helpful. They seated me straight way and made sure that I had a seat with a view.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PENNY DROP
Address: 913 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9077 7455
Monday – Tuesday – 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday – Friday –7:00 am- 10:00 pm
Saturday – 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7/10
Have you visited The Penny Drop 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,