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Published November 23rd 2014
Loved By Locals For Breakfast
Check out the specials board
We hadn't been to the Ivanhoe Cafe before and we came upon it by chance when we couldn't find our original choice. My friend and I were looking for somewhere to have breakfast and luckily stumbled upon the Ivanhoe Café. I don't get to catch up with my friend (an international treasure) very often so this could be why we hadn't even looked at the menu before the owner asked us if we had chosen what we would like.
We also stayed a fairly long time for a good natter and he returned a couple of times to check how we were enjoying the food, how we were going and whether we would like anything else. He delivered every question with a smile.
Eat indoors or outside
I don't think you could go past the service. It was fast, friendly and enthusiastic. There seemed to be many regulars eating breakfast while reading the paper, typing away at the computer or enjoying a conversation with friends. The cafe was fairly full with people also sitting on outdoor settings enjoying the sun. The front of the restaurant has large concertina windows that were opened up to give that outside feeling while sitting inside.
I overheard the waiter saying to the customer 'We have nice muffins today.' The customers reply was 'You always have nice muffins, no, spectacular muffins!'
Yummy looking muffins and cakes
I noticed that other people's brekkies were very large, especially the scrambled eggs. There were many interesting looking blackboard specials.
I tried creamy semolina porridge with pear crumble, cinnamon, honey and blue berries. It was too large (but I managed) and a delicious new taste for me. I thought it was a reasonable price for $12. I don't know how I chose because it was a real toss up between the porridge, the spiced lentils hotpot ($16.80) and the goats cheese croquette ($16.80).
Creamy semolina porridge with pear crumble, cinnamon, honey and blue berries
My companion ordered simple toast and requested no butter. She only indulges on special occasions. Apparently the chefs are always willing to oblige and adapt to people's needs.
If you're looking for a cafe for breakfast with some unique dishes, friendly service, real tea and coffee which has very favourable reviews, then this could be the venue for you. Obviously it's a café for megastars.