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Located at the end of Bridge Road in Richmond, LumberJack is a small and charming café that offers the locals a quiet place to enjoy their coffee and grab a bite to eat.
There is plenty of parking along bridge road and the many side streets surrounding the café. Just remember that a lot of the parking along Bridge road is ticketed, so remember to take some gold coins along.
I decided to visit LumberJack one Saturday morning with my friend Beth for our weekly food adventure. I actually found LumberJack when I was visiting another café further up the road (Three One Two One). I loved the name and, once I looked up the menu, I knew that it had to go on my ever-growing café list.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu at LumberJack is a decent size and has a number of mouth-watering options for both breakfasts and lunches. With a number of classics including French toast, smashed avo, and eggs benedict, I’m sure something will catch your eye.
LumberJack uses the Atomica Dark Roast coffee blend in all their coffees.
The following menu photos were taken in May 2017 and the menu might have changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino. I loved the pale blue cup and saucer that it was served in, but was disappointed that no real effort was made with the actual presentation of the coffee.
I know appearance isn’t everything, but it’s important when there is a lot of competition in the market.
The coffee itself was pretty average. It wasn’t overly hot and the flavour was ok, but not outstanding.
Coffee rating: 3/5
Beth ordered a chai latte. She loved that it was served in a jug, which allowed her to pour it herself. It also meant that she got more than one cup/glass full. The flavour was well balanced and that the strength was just right for her.
Chai rating: 4/5
For breakfast, Beth ordered the breaky board, which came with mini granola, Middle Eastern pumpkin smash on seeded toast with a poached egg, pistachio dukkah and a fresh orange juice.
Beth said that she really enjoyed the breaky board and thought that it was a great addition to the menu.
The granola was well balanced, crunchy, and lightly sweetened with natural strawberry yoghurt. She loved the texture contrast of the crunchy granola and the smooth yoghurt.
She enjoyed the addition of the smashed pumpkin and dukkah, and thought that it was a great twist on the usual smashed avo. She thought that it had a fantastic flavour and went well with the poached egg.
Finally she loved the fresh orange juice, she said that it was quite frothy which both pleased and surprised her.
Overall she enjoyed her breakfast. It wasn’t too filling and said that she would order it again.
I ordered the sour cherry, ricotta and lemon hotcakes with saffron poached apples and organic vanilla bean yoghurt. Unfortunately this dish is only available on weekends.
I was rather disappointed when my dish arrived at the table, as it looked tiny. The hotcakes were rather small and thin, so I was afraid that it wouldn’t be enough to eat, and I was right.
But it did look very pretty, as I loved the colour of the poached fruit against the dark plate.
The hotcakes themselves were ok. There was some flavour there and the cherries weren’t overpowering at all. They were slightly fluffy on the inside, but I would have loved there to be a bit more flavour, as I found it quite bland.
I personally didn’t like the poached fruit, as I found that the saffron flavour was a bit too strong and it overpowered the natural flavours of the fruit. But at the end of the day this could be just my personal taste and it someone else might enjoy it.
I loved the addition of the yoghurt and I thought that it definitely added some flavour and moisture to the hotcakes. I just wished there was more of it. Maybe they could put some in a small jug on the side and the customer could add more if they need it.
I personally wouldn’t order this dish again, but if you are looking for more of a savoury twist to your hotcakes, then give them a whirl.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
We both loved the simple décor in LumberJack and thought that it really suited the café. We loved the clean white walls and the various nods to lumber jacks throughout the cafe, including bits of timber and little pictures of people chopping wood.
The café itself has quite a few tables inside and a handful of tables outside along Bridge Road.
The environment in the café is relaxed and laid back; you don’t feel pressured to order your food straight away. You feel as if you can eat and enjoy your surroundings without having to hurry and make room for the next group.
The employees at LumberJack are relatively friendly. They welcomed us when we walked in, but didn’t really check up on us while we ate our food.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT LUMBER JACK
Address: 484 Bridge Rd, Richmond, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9429 5255
Monday –Friday –7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7/10
Have you visited Lumber Jack 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,