Cafe Venice, on Aerodrome Rd under The Sebel, lives up to its name thanks to its beautiful interior and selection of gourmet foods. I've lived in the area for a long time and am ashamed to say I've never come across this venue before, considering they've been here since October 2011.
The atmosphere is the real winner here. Everything from the floorboards and menu boards to the decorations and the chairs are in theme. It has a great authentic feel to it. Very rustic. My first experience here was a couple of weeks ago when I stopped by them while walking past the area. I grabbed a takeaway coffee and was pretty pleased with it. I told myself I'd be back.
My partner and I stopped by for breakfast on a Saturday morning recently to find it quite busy, but still plenty of seating available. I opted for the Big Breakfast ($13.50) with two eggs (my choice of poached, friend or scrambled), bacon, sausage, roasted tomato and mushrooms with toast with a hash brown. My partner went for the Spanish onion, spinach and cheese omelette served with toast ($15).
Spanish onion, spinach and cheese omelette served with toast ($15)
I was very happy with my breakfast, it left me quite satisfied and I can certainly eat a lot. My partner on the other hand complained that her omelette was burned. I had a bite but didn't find it to be so. The rest of the menu looks appetizing also. I'll be back for lunch next to try the parmesan crusted chicken burger ($15) or the lamb and fetta pizza ($15).
I wish I could say our coffee this time was just as good as my first visit, but I can't. My cappuccino tasted a bit burned this time, possibly due to the barista in training. I can forgive that, because this was still an enjoyable experience. My partner wasn't the biggest fan of her espresso either, unfortunately.
I'd like to make mention of the location as well. While they've got a prime spot not too far from the beach it's also on Aerodrome Rd, one of the busiest roads in the area. If you're looking for a quiet coffee and meal you might not find it here, but if you can put up with the slight background noise of cars then you may be OK. It didn't bother me at all, just an observation I made. I also didn't see anyone else sitting down complaining about it.
The staff were also very genuine. I felt very comfortable on my first visit for a takeaway coffee to stand around and have a chat. Even after a long day serving customers it's nice to see they can keep a smile on their face, unlike some other places. One last thing I will point out that I liked was that on the bottom of each page of the menu was a fun fact relating to Venice. One explained the history of masks and Venetians who loved to wear them for any possible occasion, and that many laws had to be made to specifity when they could be worn. Fascinating stuff, I thought.
Cafe Venice has a great look and feel to it. The coffee was fantastic on my first visit, a bit off the mark the second time but I'm willing to give it another shot. I'll be back for lunch sometime soon.