Hey Café Lovers!
Welcome to Cards and Cafés! A few weeks ago I went to Bees Knees café in Ferntree Gully. I found this café driving down Burwood Highway on my way home from doing the Dandenong 1000 steps (as it’s only a few kilometres away).
So one Saturday morning, my friend Beth and I decided to head to Bees Knees for breakfast, as a much deserved treat after our 1000 steps workout.
Side note: If you are planning on doing the same, the steps get quite busy on a Saturday and Sunday morning. So I would recommend doing the steps in the late morning or early afternoon.
Anyway, back to the café………. Bees Knees is located on Burwood Highway, but it can be a bit difficult to find, as their sign is quite small. They are located next to Ultra Tune and near Woolies, so if you see these, then you know you’re close.
Parking is pretty easy to find, as there was plenty outside the café when we arrived, so you shouldn’t have any trouble.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu at Bees Knees is pretty good, it has your standard eggs on toast, with a few twists on your favourites.
The following menu photos were taken in March 2017 and might have changed since.
Beth ordered the dirty chai latte. She was pleased that it was nice and hot, which seems really rare these days.. She had trouble tasting the chai, yet thought this could be due to the fact that she doesn’t normally have coffee in her chais.
But she still enjoyed it and would order it again.
Chai rating: 3/5
I ordered a cappuccino and I thought that it was pretty tasty. It was nice and hot and had a good flavour.
Coffee rating: 3/5
Beth ordered the Guacamole Toast, which was served with guacamole, poached eggs, tomato salsa, grilled corn on sourdough toast (this dish is vegetarian friendly). She thought it was fabulous and a great twist to the good old smashed avo. She said it was a very generous portion, and she actually struggled to finish. With this is mind, it is a great price ($16) for what you get.
Beth went on to say that she loved the chunky guacamole and the different textures in the dish. With the soft and smooth avocado against the slight chew of the corn, and the crunch on the sourdough toast, every mouth full was like a dream.
She also said that the salsa had a nice and refreshing quality, and was glad that it was not too spicy or rich. She thought the eggs were slightly overcooked, which was a little disappointing.
But Beth said that she would happily order this dish again.
I ordered the coconut crapes with banana, Nutella, maple ice cream and palm sugar syrup (this dish is vegetarian friendly and gluten free). Even though this dish was presented beautifully, I thought the serving looked small, as there were only three small crapes and I was starving! But I soon realised that this dish was quite rich and ended up being fuller than I expected (even though I could have easily eaten more).
The crapes themselves were quite tasty. They were light and slightly fluffy, and the coconut flavour wasn’t too overpowering.
I personally wasn’t the biggest fan of the ice cream, as I found it very sweet. With so many sweet items already on the plate, it was a bit of overkill in my opinion.
I loved the addition of the banana, as it brought a much-needed freshness to the dish and helped to cut through the sweetness from the Nutella and the ice cream.
I probably wouldn’t order this dish again, but that’s just me. If you are a fan of pancakes/crapes it’s definitely worth a try.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
Bees Knees was very quiet when we arrived late on the Saturday morning, which was quite unusual as most cafes are really busy after 10:30am. So I would assume that you can get a seat most of the time. But if you have to wait, I’m sure you’ll find the wait worth it.
The employees were all very friendly and ensured that we were happy (but without hovering.)
The environment itself was quite laid back and relaxing, and we didn’t feel rushed to order or eat our food. This is definitely a great local café and I’m sure anyone living in the area would enjoy having his or her weekend treat there.
Finally, both Beth and I loved the simple yet stylish décor within the café. We loved the hints of yellow and the little bees here and there. With beautiful big windows that allow all the natural light in, you can’t help but feel happy when you enter.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT BEES KNEES
Address: 2/854 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9752 3538
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 5:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7/10
Have you visited Bees Knees 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,