I write for Weekend Notes and I take photographs, usually sunsets and sunrises. Occasionally I include my photos in my articles. I like to promote Geelong, and activities around Geelong.
Published November 9th 2015
Dining out in Geelong, sometimes when I try out a new restaurant I am pleasantly surprised by "one" thing at the restaurant, cafe, hotel, pub, bar. Café Go is not a new restaurant, however it is a new experience for me, as I have never dined there before.
Then as you walk further into the café, there is even more seating outside, in a small patch of paradise, right in the heart of the city. The whole back yard is laid out with tables and chairs, and there are plants all over the yard too. It really does resemble a small jungle oasis. And even more surprising, there is a small window cut into the fence, so you can dine in the backyard and watch people walking by on Little Malop Street.
This spacious café is quite deceiving as you wouldn't think there is so much room inside and outside this lovely café. Situated on the corner of Little Malop Street and Bellarine Street, Café Go is close to the Geelong Hospital and a short walk to the shopping heart of the city.
Meals are displayed in the display cabinet. Staff are friendly and efficient. I ordered a pork panini and cappucino. My panini was described as "using La Madre Ciabatta, Pork, fennel, white beans, parsley and carrot relish". Never mind the description, it was just very tasty and filling.
The staff were very attentive. Most customers are handed a small stuffed bear or animal as their table number. I was given "Bananas In Pyjamas" as my table number. See the photo below:
The café is clean and the food looks good. My panini came out on a plate, heated up and ready to eat. My cappucino was also tasty. I am not much of a coffee aficionado, however I do appreciate a good cuppa. There are also succulents for sale inside the café.
I would describe this café as clean, quaint, roomy (considering how small the whole place looks from the outside) and well managed. If you're walking past this little shop front, walk in and take a look around. It's quite surprising inside, and a lot bigger than it looks from the outside. The coffee and food is excellent.
Café Go have breakfast and lunch menus, and they also do take away meals and take away coffee. Café Go do catering and you can book and hold a function there. They are a licensed restaurant. In winter there is an open fire burning.
As more cafés open, it must be hard to present new and fresh ideas in dining and in decorating a café. I would describe Café Go as warm and charming. The chairs are all a little bit different - eclectic. There is the open fire place inside. There are olde worlde trinkets on the walls as well as mirrors and local artwork. And your table number is a cute little stuffed toy, a bear, or bananas in pyjamas. Let me know about your experience after you partake of a meal there.