No matter what time you call in to Banksia Nurseries Coffee Shop (within opening hours of course), you'll be met by warm, welcoming and friendly staff. The food 'ain't half bad either! They're located at 530 Burwood Highway, Wantirna South.
Entering the Coffee Shop
Banksia Nurseries Coffee Shop has a new staff team and it shows. Rod, Chantelle, Bridget, Sandra and Caz took over about five months ago, and they've given the coffee shop a bit of much needed 'zing'.
Front Counter Coffee Shop
It doesn't matter whether you'd like morning or afternoon tea, or a more substantial meal for lunch, you'll find that their menu is inviting and appetising. I chose a Homemade Lasagna for lunch - an ample meal in anyone's language, and beautifully presented. I was favourably impressed with a small accompanying salad and some of their freshly made special Banksia homemade bread (in two colours no less!).
Delicious Lasagna and Salad
There's a kid's menu and a selection of hot and cold drinks to choose from. The popular menu provides a lot to choose from, including soups, open sandwiches and various delectables.
It's the cake display, however, that I want to concentrate on today. I've seen some pretty good displays of delicious cakes in more than one big city here in Australia, and excuse the pun, but Banksia Nurseries Coffee Shop's display "takes the cake!". (For those readers who aren't familiar with this expression, it means something along the line of: "it's the best" or "really stands out".)
Choose from Lemon Meringue Pie; Passionfruit Sponge (four layers no less); Apple Rhubarb Tart, Passionfruit Cheesecake; Meyer Lemon Tart; Cherry Lattice Tart; Chococate Bounty Cake; Tiramasu, Vanilla Slices; Lemon-Lime-Pear Sponge
AND ........... GINGER FLUFF!!!
Ask your Mum or Grandma about GInger Fluff and they'll regale you with stories of how Ginger Fluff Sponge was the rage back in the 1940s through 1960s. It was always at the head of the list of favourites for special occasions and while there were a couple of variations, any kind of Ginger Fluff was always popular. Look through your Grandmother's handwritten recipe book and you're sure to find her own favourite recipe for Ginger Fluff, usually with notes to one side of how she may have changed or adapted the ingredients to suit her budget or whatever was available.
Ginger Fluff disappeared for one reason or another for decades. Maybe because home cooking/baking was seen to be less acceptable than going down to the supermarket and getting a store bought mass produced sponge, which never ever tasted as good as home-made anyway.
It looks as though someone has decided it's time to bring Ginger Fluff back into its rightful place. Hooray, I shout. To say that I was pleasantly surprised to see Ginger Fluff Sponge in the display case at Banksia Nurseries Coffee Shop, would be an understatement. Should I buy a slice? Perhaps my memories could be playing tricks on me? I succumbed to the temptation. Each mouthful was just as I had remembered; Comforting thoughts with each chew. Mmmmmm.
Another thing -- Banksia Nurseries Coffee Shop have real cream in their sponges. Honest to goodness - real cream!
Do you know the feeling when you discover something special and want to keep it all to yourself? Well, I gave this idea only a fleeting thought. No, I'm not going to keep it a secret - I'm going to spread the word. My friends of all ages need to share in my discovery. In fact I want people all over Melbourne to experience the delights provided by Banksia Nurseries Coffee Shop.
There are many coffee shops scattered around the South Eastern suburbs but when you find one that is memorable it's well worth sharing.