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Colin's Place Cafe

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published January 8th 2016
Cheap Food, Substantial Value And Art On Display
Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, Homemade food and cakes, Coffee, cheap food, child friendly, outdoor seating


As soon as we walked into Colin's place we were welcomed sincerely, thanked for coming and asked to 'Give them a go'. My assumption that the waiter, Chien, was the owner because of his dedication was wrong. Chien told us he had an ICT background but wanted to get out and be with people. What a great asset he is to this new business.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, Homemade food and cakes, Coffee, cheap food, child friendly, outdoor seating
As well as meals they sell some high quality produce


I rather like eating out at cafes and now this will be a bit of a favorite. It was also the first time I had tried a green smoothy called Greenana. This is avocado, banana, honey and skinny milk. It was overflowing and great value. Smoothies are from $6.90 or fresh squeezed juices from $5.90. Also available are protein juices (from $7.90), organic and energy juices catering for the gym members next door.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, Homemade food and cakes, Coffee, cheap food, child friendly, outdoor seating
Packed with fresh ingredients and homemade sauces


The most expensive brekkie (the Big Breakfast) was $17.90. The BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato on toasted focaccia with mustard mayo) was an unbelievable $11.90. This was a serve size that would have fed two people.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, Homemade food and cakes, Coffee, cheap food, child friendly, outdoor seating
This BLAT would feed two


The standout for me was the mashed avocado on toast. It's a frequent pick for me so I feel I can confidently comment on this. This was delicious with a generous amount of Persian goat's fetta with rocket, blistered cherry tomatoes on garlic sourdough. This was an unbelievable $14.99.

You can get a very cheap lunch at Colin's Place. Try the chicken schnitzel for $9.90 or burgers, sandwiches or dumplings for just $8.90. Also worth a go is the big bowl of fried rice for $9.90. On Friday and Saturday they sell sushi.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, Homemade food and cakes, Coffee, cheap food, child friendly, outdoor seating
Three eggs and bacon on toast


The kid's menu includes fish 'n' chips, chicken and chips, ham and cheese sandwich and chips. These are $7.50. My son enjoyed eggs and bacon that included three eggs. My daughter had a very large bowl of crispy chips that was shared around. For six people for a cooked lunch including drinks only cost $63.

The spinach and ricotta pie was one of the best I've had. It was served very hot, straight out of the oven. The filo pastry was fabulous and I liked the nutmeg addition, which made the pie taste a little sweet.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, Homemade food and cakes, Coffee, cheap food, child friendly, outdoor seating
Very tasty spinach and ricotta filo pie


Previously know as Warehouse 388, the new owners have refurbished the interior and revamped the menu. They offer very friendly service not found in all cafes.

This café is not in the heart of Eltham but it is conveniently located next to the Ridge gym, near the doctors and a hub of other thriving businesses. It's set off from the road so you need to look for it but it's well signed and there's parking right out front.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, Homemade food and cakes, Coffee, cheap food, child friendly, outdoor seating
Fresh new interior


The owner, Colin, also owns the Bolton St Deli (click here for details) down the road and they use his special blend of coffee. Colin roasts the beans himself. It's worth going for coffee and cake. Many of the cakes are homemade on site. While you are there you can admire or purchase the one off original art on display. Some of the works include multimedia photos that have been digitally reworked.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, cheap eats, Homemade food and cakes, Coffee, cheap food, child friendly, outdoor seating
Here's what's to look for


Colin's place is keen to please, they offer a large menu of old favourites and new ideas and they are open seven days. They also do catering. They also regularly refine their menu according to feedback, so pop in and have a great meal and a chat.
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When: Open seven days
Phone: 8418 0079
Where: Shop 5/266 Bolton Street Eltham,
Cost: cheap
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Wow!! Starting from the welcome conversation to the food, the owner and staffs seem to pay keen attention to customer satisfaction in a very warm way.
by Diana (score: 2|579) 682 days ago
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