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The Turret Cafe

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by Winnie (subscribe)
Enjoying cheap eats in Melbourne, mmm. Food blogger at: bitingtravels.blogspot.com
Published October 13th 2011
The Turret is a prominent cafe, set in a historic red brick building, on the corner of Sturt St in Ballarat. The building was originally a private residence before being transformed into a cafe. Often staff from the nearby Base Hospital would wander over for a meeting, a coffee break, a lunch.

BLT with Avocado
BLT with Avocado


The menu looked promising with a range of lunch mains, including soups, grilled sandwiches, pasta and a special duck risotto (which turned out to be a real disappointment for my fellow diner). Prices ranged from between $15 to $20 per dish.

The BLT sandwich with avocado was made with fresh sourdough bread, bacon, lettuce, tomato and a smear of avocado. Serving sizes were decent, the sandwich was tasty, and there was a healthy serving of salad with a sweetish vinaigrette.

Vanilla Chai Latte
Vanilla Chai Latte


The full range of coffee was also available, but I opted for the vanilla chai latte, which was a tad too sweet. The dessert shelves displayed orange syrup cake, sticky date pudding, choc mousse pudding, berries friands and more. Some of which were gluten free.

Bright Indoor Decorations
Bright Indoor Decorations


The atmosphere indoors was classy and bright, but relaxed and friendly. Not too bustling for conversations, yet not too silent to be awkward. An ideal place for the next lunchtime catch up with your colleagues.

The Turret Exterior
The Turret Exterior
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Why? Lunching on Sturt St
When: Breakfast and lunch daily
Where: 802 Sturt Street Ballarat VIC 3350
Cost: Roughly $20 per meal
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