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I recently went to Wind Chimes Boutique Café, which is located in a strip of shops along Blackburn Road, right near Doncaster East Secondary School.
There are quite a number of two-hour parking spots at the front of the café, as well as some parking round the back.
I went to Wind Chimes with two of my friends from work, Mars and Brie. I had driven past the café a number of times and had seen so many photos on Instagram, that I knew I had to pay it a visit.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu at Wind Chimes was quite nice and had many delicious items to choose from. It is a litter more expensive than other cafes in the area.
The following menu photos were taken in August 2017 and might have changed since.
I ordered their charcoal latte, as I had seen it on Instagram and was really intrigued. I’ll be honest, it was pretty awful, but at the end of the day this is just my personal opinion. It basically had no flavour and just tasted like slightly sweet warm milk. I was disappointed, as I had high hopes that it would be amazing and it was just a letdown.
I definitely wouldn’t order it again!
Charcoal latte rating: 1/5
Mars was also feeling adventurous and decided to try their rose latte. Even though we all thought the colour was beautiful, she thought the drink was pretty awful and didn’t end up finishing it. While it had a great rose fragrance, the flavour wasn’t there and it also tasted like warm milk.
She thought it would have been preferable as a rose hot chocolate instead, suggesting they add white chocolate. This would give it more flavour and make it taste 100% better.
Rose latte rating: 1/5
Mars also ordered a mocha and thought that it had a nice flavour and a good balance of coffee and chocolate. But she missed having the chocolate powder on the top.
Mocha rating: 4/5
Brie ordered a chai, which she thought tasted quite nice. It was frothy and had a great flavour. She just wished that they had some honey on the side so that she could make the drink sweeter if she needed to.
Chai rating: 3/5
Brie also ordered the Coco Jumbo smoothie, with coconut milk, banana, oats, chia and cinnamon. She thought it was really tasty and that the flavours of all the ingredients were balanced perfectly.
Smoothie rating: 3/5
Mars ordered the Winter Eggs and Beans, which was mixed beans cooked in a napolitana sauce served with poached eggs and toast.
She thought that the dish had a great flavour, but it was missing something. She said she would have liked something like crème fresh to help break the acidy of the napolitana sauce. But the eggs were cooked well and she thought that it was the perfect winter breakfast.
Brie ordered Ritu’s Butter Chicken, with slow cooked chicken in butter and tomato sauce severed with basmati rice and salad.
She said the flavours were fantastic! Yet, she didn’t understand why a salad was included with the dish. Let’s be honest, who wants to eat a salad with their curry?
She would have loved some more rice or a piece of naan bread instead, as she thinks mixing lettuce with your butter chicken is a bit odd. But at least if they want to keep the salad, put it in a separate bowl.
However, she would definitely order this dish again.
Finally, I ordered the smashed avo, which came with avocado and fetta, with reddish, poached eggs, watercress, house made beetroot hummus and pumpkin seeds.
First of all, I thought that the portion size was very small considering the price. Cafes closer to the city have larger portion sizes for the price that I paid for this. At the end of the day, this café is in Doncaster and I feel that they should either drop their price to better fit with their portion size or put more on the plate so that this dish is a good value for money. The dish didn’t have much avo, just a small scraping on each piece of toast. There wasn’t much fetta and only a tiny amount of beetroot hummus. I also think that the radishes were too chunky and I would have liked thinner slices, as it would have been easier to eat.
But the eggs were cooked well and I liked the beetroot hummus, whichhad a delicious flavour.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The staff members at Wind Chimes were all very friendly and welcoming, and you can see that they make an effort to chat to their customers.
There are quite a number of tables inside the café and only a handful outside. We all thought that the café was decorated beautifully inside and we loved the back wall. The café is quite inviting and we all felt relaxed, without any pressure to quickly eat our food and leave.
Some of the items on the menu are quite pricey. I definitely don’t see why my smashed avo was so expensive; especially for the tiny serving I was given. The kitchen service was quite quick, but that could also be due to the fact that it wasn’t overly busy.
I feel that it doesn’t matter what time you go to this café, you’ll always find a table.
I’ll be honest, I probably wouldn’t return to this café. But at the end of the day, this is just my personal opinion. Yet I can’t help but compare this café to the 120 other cafes that I have been to around Melbourne. But if you have wanted to try this café, don’t let my review stop you, as you might love it.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT WIND CHIMES CAFÉ
Address: 250 Blackburn Rd, Doncaster East, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9894 5072
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Have you visited Wind Chimes 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,