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Bekendales Cafe

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published January 22nd 2019
Trek to this slightly off track cafe

This eatery could be said to be at the 'wrong' end of Main Street, almost hidden away, but very popular. It is in an old bank building. I recall eating there many years ago when it was small and cosy. Since expanding into the shop next door, it is now larger but still cosy.

On my most recent visit, I only ordered crumpets and honey and coffee, one of my favourite snacks. I was pleasantly surprised that my crumpets were evenly toasted on both sides. At other venues, my crumpets are usually brown on the bottom only. A small point, but important to us crumpet lovers.

My evenly toasted crumpets, honey and coffee.

My previous lunch at Bekendales was a toasted Cuban sandwich. Pulled pork, pastrami, swiss cheese, mustard, and pickles, served with crispy fries.

On both visits, my partner (wife) chose poached eggs on sourdough bread, a good indication that they were delicious.

poached eggs on toast
Two nicely poached eggs on sourdough toasted bread.

One of the joys of life is sipping on a hot cappuccino. I always ask for a hot one, but rarely get one. At Bekendales, I got a hot one. Bliss.

Order and pay at the counter.

I like to look at the little things in restaurants and cafes. Here it was my evenly toasted crumpets, hot coffee, cold water and large serviettes. The large serviettes were very handy when I took home half of my Cuban sandwich for lunch the next day. Two lunches for the price of one.

Their fruit juices are all freshly juiced and are just delicious.
Where we were sitting both times was between the counter and kitchen and a smile from the friendly staff greeted us on every passing.

A very interesting message to all their loyal customers.

They are open from 8am to 3pm, every day, which gives you the opportunity to sample their cuisine.

Bekendale's corner location showing their outdoor tables.

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Where: 1/50 Main St, Croydon VIC 3136
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