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Never thought I would be sitting in a cafe at a swimming pool and thinking it is worthy of a food review.
Aqualink Cafe at the newly upgraded Box Hill Aqualink is a serious foodie place.
First of all they have excellent coffee by Axil Roasters and hot chocolate to die for. It is dreamy, creamy -- Lindt hot chocolate.
Owners – Adam Stevens, wife Kerri and daughters Sasha and Tess – are also joint owners of Choclatté, a busy chocolate hotspot in Camberwell.
Then there is the free wi-fi which is why I am able to sit here and write this review on site.
You also don't feel funny about sitting here all day if you like. As space is not at a premium and people come and go and it is a public place. There are lots of floor to ceiling windows so the cafe is very light and airy.
There is always some good background music playing. At the moment it is James Taylor. Which certainly suits me.
When the boss goes home and the younger staff are on I think it might become a bit more hip.
I've just finished a bowl of pumpkin, ginger, carrot and coriander soup. It is made in-house by the chef. Yes they have a chef!
Plan to bring the family here for an early dinner one night as the food is so good.
Quite a few healthy options such as zucchini, corn and mint fritters ($14), fragrant lamb curry date and coconut with steamed rice ($15), chilli prawn pasta ($16) and poached salmon salad with scuba noodles, pickled seaweed, crispy shallots with chilli and sesame oil ($15).
There is also an all day breakfast menu that includes truffled or chilli mushrooms, chorizo and smashed avocado.
There are dishes for the kids such as spaghetti with basil pesto tomato and parmesan and fish and chips. All kids' meals are $7.
They even have desserts where Lindt chocolate features again. Delights such as waffles with chocolate and banana or mixed berries. Both served with ice-cream or chantilly cream. $12.
As well as lots of smoothies and home-made juices. A couple I would love to try are the Blue Cacao (blueberries, banana, raw cacao, coconut water and yoghurt and the health blast which is apple, carrot, celery, cucumber and spinach.
Image on cafe wall. This is the old Surrey Dive which was Box Hill's original swimming hole way back when.