Hello Fellow Café Lovers!
Welcome to Cards and Cafés! Travelling Bandit, located in Balwyn North, is a modern cuisine café which has dishes inspired from around the world. This small café is great for local families to come and get their coffee fix or for a quick breakfast after Saturday morning sport with the kids.
Travelling Bandit is also available for functions and catering.
“Modern cuisine inspired by dishes from around the world. Come travel with us for breakfast, brunch or lunch” (Travelling Bandit website)
I went to Travelling Bandit recently with my Dad for a quick breakfast one Sunday morning. It was very quiet and therefore we found a seat straight away. Parking was pretty easy to find, as there were a number of spots outside the café.
Eat, Drink, Relax
FOOD & DRINKS
Travelling Bandit has an interesting menu; with dishes inspired from world travels (where else will you find a café serving Japanese soufflé pancakes, tortilla Espanola and a Sri Lankan curry?)
Travelling Bandit use the Industrie Beans coffee blend for all their coffees.
The following menu photos were taken at the end of May 2017 and might have changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino and I thought that it was pretty average. It wasn’t the best coffee I’ve had but it also wasn’t the worse. It was nice and hot when it arrived at the table. It took about 6 minutes to get our coffee after we ordered, which is the average time in most cafes.
I was disappointed to see that there wasn’t any chocolate on top of my cappuccino, which is a staple in any Australian café.
Coffee rating: 3/5
My Dad ordered the Ceylon black tea. According to their menu, all their teas are imported from Sri Lanka.
We both liked the little tray that it was served on, but thought that it was too big for the small table.
I also thought that the tea pot and mug should have been yellow, as yellow seemed to be their signature colour. Their outside umbrellas and stools were yellow, so I was confused as to why they would use orange crockery.
For breakfast my Dad ordered the full English breakfast, which came with two fried eggs, smoked bacon, slow roasted tomato, mushrooms, pork and fennel chipolata sausages, baked beans and fried bread.
We both agreed that it was plated so beautifully, as I can only imagine how difficult it would be to make that amount of food look good on a plate.
There was a substantial amount of food, and my Dad struggled to finish. He said that it would be too much for the average person to eat, unless you were starving and hadn’t eaten for a week.
He said that there was too much garlic on the mushrooms, which actually spoiled them. The garlic was so overpowering that he couldn’t enjoy the natural flavours of the mushroom; also he couldn’t get rid of the garlic taste in his mouth.
Finally, he loved that the baked beans were served in a little jar. This meant that the sauce stayed in one place and didn’t mix in with the other food.
I ordered the baked apple porridge with oats, chia seeds, caramelised apples, toasted almonds, pomegranate and cinnamon yoghurt (this dish is vegetarian).
As it was quite a chilly morning in Melbourne, I thought that the porridge would be a great idea and a nice change from what I would usually order.
It was nice and warm when it arrived at the table, but not so hot that you burnt your mouth.
I liked the almonds that were on top of the porridge and loved how they added a bit of a crunch. I thought that the addition of the pomegranate seeds was genius! They not only added a fantastic flavour, but the also added a pop of colour, making the dish quite pretty. The baked apple was tasty and the pomegranate seeds helped to cut down some of the sweetness, making all the flavours well balanced.
I personally wasn’t a fan of the yoghurt as I found it made the dish incredibly rich and I don’t think that it was needed. But that could just be personal taste.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The simple décor with the red brick walls on one side of the café and a painted wall with a giant map on the other is perfect for the local area, where customers are looking for a simple place to bring their family to. I love that they had clocks (brick side) with a number of different time zones, probably showing some of the places that owner has been.
We both found the tables very small and that there wasn’t enough space for two plates, a cup of coffee and the tea tray. These tables are perfect for one person, but very small for two.
The kitchen service was very slow. The café wasn’t busy at all and it took just over 30 minutes to get our food. But I have a feeling they were short a person in the kitchen, as we could only see one person cooking, so I’m sure that their service is usually faster.
The waitress that helped us was pretty good and was quite friendly.
The environment itself was relatively relaxing, it was quiet inside, but that could also be because it wasn’t busy. We didn’t feel in any rush to order or eat our food.
Even though the café is quite small, there are still a good amount of tables inside, as well as a handful of tables outside.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELLING BANDIT
Address: 287 Doncaster Road, Balwyn North, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9857 8300
Monday – Saturday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Sunday – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 6.5/10
Have you visited Travelling Bandit 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,