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Apple Express Cafe exudes character with its miss matched chairs, beautiful big reclaimed timber tables and benches, old apple crates, vintage bottles, tea light candles and vases of mixed flowers dotted throughout. The detail in the design of this old cottage that has been transformed into a cafe is relaxed, inviting and warm.
Italian owners along with their children help run the cafe, so you can expect a very family orientated atmosphere. The owner and staff clearly love children with the way they were engaging with the young ones, offering colouring sheets and friendly smiles.
The menu is varied for a small cafe, and on the day we visited pizza's, pasta, soup and toasted sandwiches were very popular along with morning/afternoon tea. Apple Espresso is also a licensed cafe so you can enjoy a glass of wine with lunch.
I had a toasted sandwich which came with a salad on side, it was very tasty, the cheese was extraordinary, I am not sure what type it was, maybe a bocconchini. A friend had a mediterrano panino and thoroughly enjoyed it along with a cappuccino "a real, strong Italian cappuccino."
Prices are average with toasted sandwiches $8.95, Pizzas $12.95, milk shakes are a bit dearer here though at $6.50, when you compare it to $7-$8 for a glass of wine, cappuccino $4. Apple Espresso also have a takeaway window out the front for people who want coffee on the run.
Inside is an L shaped building which divides the two rooms, with one room overlooking the kitchen and the other in the main area that is cosy for couples and small groups. There is a protected outdoor seating area with heaters to keep warm in winter.
Apple Espresso is located between Mornington and Mt Eliza and situated between Tully's and Diacos Nursery on the corner of Moorooduc Highway and Wooralla drive. It's not sign posted and I only knew it was there from visiting the nursery, so if you enter into Tully's Produce Store car park and continue towards the nursery you will see it. It's worth the trouble of finding it!