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Cherry Red Cafe

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published June 19th 2015
Where You Get A Delicious Cake And The Cherry On Top
Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap food, Homemade cakes, Coffee, Healthy homemade food, child friendly


The Cherry Red is a classy, casual place to eat and is family run. Unlike some small cafes this one is not so noisy or so jam packed that you can hear everyone else's conversations better than your own.

The café has chunky wooden benches and modern furniture and the décor in distinctive cherry red and white. Many blackboards adorn the cafe. There was a large TV mounted on the wall and a range of seating. This includes traditional dining room settings, couches and bar stools by the window seats with free newspapers to read.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap food, Homemade cakes, Coffee, Healthy homemade food, child friendly


Cherry Red is open seven days a week for breakfast, afternoon tea and lunch. They cater for those who are a bit peckish or those who are famished. They sell large meals, snacks and small treats.

Some of the coffee and cake deals include:
Coffee and scones $5.90
Coffee and banana bread $6.50
Coffee and muffin (very large) $7.50
Hot jam donuts $1.50.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap food, Homemade cakes, Coffee, Healthy homemade food, child friendly


I think their prices are very reasonable. For example, avocado smash with Greek feta on toasted sour dough with sautéed spinach is only $10.50.

I love the idea of the brekkie wrap but it's a toss up between that and the homemade toasted muesli. The wrap includes bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese, mushrooms and bbq sauce for only $8.90.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap food, Homemade cakes, Coffee, Healthy homemade food, child friendly


I'm a bit of a sucker for pastries and there's look incredible. I also had my eye on the spanakopita but didn't want to be totally predictable. They sell tapas for $10, salads for $10, a BLT for under $10 and have many more menu items.

I did have a very hot chocolate (just the way I like it). It was sweet and served with two marshmallows. This impressed my daughter no end. We also tried the homemade apple and rhubarb mini pies. These were only four dollars each. We admired the painstaking art of cutting each thin pastry strip and criss crossing it on top of the fruit.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap food, Homemade cakes, Coffee, Healthy homemade food, child friendly


For the guilt-ridden sweet tooths, they have many mini desserts. For $5 you can pick from tiramisu, chocolate mousse, vanilla panacotta, lemon curd tart or profiteroles. Yum!

The service was fast (thus they had a quick turnover) and I noticed that the waiting staff all called out good-bye when their customers left. I haven't seen that in a while outside country towns. Cherry Red has a loyalty card… buy seven coffees get one free. There are so many things I want to try. It won't take long to rack that up.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap food, Homemade cakes, Coffee, Healthy homemade food, child friendly


As we left I saw a sign worth remembering: A day without laughter is a day wasted. Too many days wasted… Try Cherry Red , you'll laugh at the prices and be grateful for the food. Overall, Cherry Red has a warm welcome and delicious food. What's not to like?
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Why? Great meal deals
When: Mon 7 AM to 5:30 PM Tue 7 AM to 5:30 PM Wed 7 AM to 12 Midnight Thu 7 AM to 12 Midnight Fri 7 AM to 12 Midnight Sat 7.30 AM to 5:30 PM Sun 8 AM to 5:30 PM
Phone: 94354291
Where: 61 Were St Montmorency
Cost: reasonable
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