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Published June 25th 2012
The Galleon café has long been an institution in the St Kilda area with its quirky décor and classic cooking. Originally one of the first venues in the area to wile away the afternoon with a good cup of coffee, then to cabaret venue and from there to the original and unique venue it is today.
The Galleon of today is frequented by the bohemian society of St Kilda, the young and trendy, and Moms and Pops. The idea was conceived by the original owners Janet and Graham during the 80's and the distinctive design of the cafes interior has remained intact with white wood, cafeteria style tables and comfortable booths, painted murals and a generally homely feel.
Breakfast is available all day until 4pm and Lunch is served from 11am to 4pm. The Breakfast menu is extensive with the usual breakfast items appearing including Toast with a choice of breads, Croissants, Pancakes, French toast, your choice of Eggs anyway and a variety of sides. More unusual breakfast selections include Rice pudding spiced with cinnamon, orange and vanilla, all raw sugar free house muesli served with fresh fruit and yoghurt, and both savoury and sweet breakfast bagels. Vegetarians are spoiled for choice with such items as Bowl of beans with spinach, chipotle BBQ sauce, sour cream and pide toast, Sweet potato basil and feta and hash with poached egg and tomato and chili chutney and mushroom and avocado on toast. Non Vegetarian options include Egg and bacon sandwiches, Meatballs on pide toast, and Galleons bubble and squeak with lamb sausage.
Lunch is an equally exciting affair with menu specialties including a large variety of salads like home made spanakopita with a garden salad, grilled halloumi, sweet potato with spinach, chickpeas and walnuts, tuna with artichokes, cherry tomatoes, mustard vinaigrette, and crispy capers and spiced lamb souvlaki with salad, oven roasted olives, minted yoghurt and toasted bread. Burgers also appear, like the home made Galleon burger with bacon, cheese, beetroot, lettuce, tomato and chutney and your option of a fried egg, toasted sandwiches like pumpkin with caramelised onion, Bulgarian feta, mint, and rocket and little sweets to finish like cinnamon strudel, or superfood chocolate truffle, which is described as sugar, gluten, dairy free ball of high protein deliciousness.
Drink favourites are all present like coffee any way you like, hot chocolate, a huge variety of teas, chai, latte soy dandelion, and soy caro. Milkshakes are also available with flavours including espresso, banana, chocolate and lime. You can also order soda, juices, beers and wines and a variety of virgin and non virgin Bloody Marys with tomato juice for the vegetarians and clamato or clam and tomato juice for everyone else.
My party of 6 ordered between us porridge with banana, strawberry, toasted almonds and maple syrup on the side, which was described as sweet and delicious, pancakes with cinnamon sugar and vanilla bean ricotta, which was more-ish, the two serves of eggs benedict with perfectly toasted bread, plenty of sauce and eggs to order was a popular choice and a sweet potato dish that was a very hearty portion, including poached eggs and delicious feta and a large portion of stir fried mushrooms and avocado with two large pieces of toasted bread. A definite success and what looks to be a Sunday morning favourite.
To note - Sunday breakfast at Galleon Cafe does come with a little wait. Simply arrive, write your name on the butchers paper on the window along with the number in your party and wait to be called. You won't be disappointed when you finally taste the food!