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Published July 28th 2013
Simple Name, Great Food
Simple name, great food
Melbourne's cafe culture is something we're all proud of and Cafeteria in Black Rock proves that it's not just the inner city that can lay claim to thriving shopping and eating strips.
Sitting down the beach end of Bluff road on a nondescript corner, Cafeteria sits far enough away from Beach road to keep it free from the inundation of cyclists on a weekend but close enough to still offer a whiff of sea air.
Arriving at brunch time as a couple, we were quickly shown to a seat and a coffee order taken before I'd even got comfortable. The friendly staff even offered help with a wobbly table leg. My coffee arrived quickly in a hangover sized mug and it proved to be a promising sign of what was to come. The outside seating is dog friendly with some sun protection while in the cooler months, there are gas heaters so to enjoy the best of Melbourne's friendly winter sun.
I ordered a Benedict, my old faithful, and was surprised to see the Hollandaise sauce sitting off to the side, probably not to spoil the look of the perfectly poached eggs. It was also considerate plating for the breakfaster who might not like Hollandaise on their sausage or bacon. The sweet relish also provided a perfect accompaniment.
A perfect checklist for a good Benedict
My wife ordered the un-pretentiously named Breakfast sanga which appeared on the specials menu. It arrived in a stack arranged so perfectly it seemed almost a shame to topple it over to eat. But once going down, the perfect arrangement was a distant memory as the tangy cevapici sausages and sweet bread soaked up the egg and the quince relish.
The Cafeteria sanga
Cafeteria also has an extensive lunch menu so a visit at any time won't disappoint. On a previous visit I had the fish and chips and found it a perfectly light and crispy afternoon snack washed down with a cider, however, I'm still yet to find sufficient courage to conquer the black pudding.
Black rock also has an eclectic selection of shops which will keep you coming back and is a perfect place to walk off the Benedict or cider.
So if Brighton and Hampton are becoming too crowded for you, or you just want to drive along Beach road and take in the sights on a weekend morning, then feel free to stop at Black Rock and find a new friend.
Cafeteria can be found at 36 Bluff road Black Road. Ph: 03 9589 2200 and is open 730 AM to 500 PM every day and for dinner on Fridays