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Published November 19th 2013
The Camberwell locals are spoiled for choice when it comes to great cafes. I had left my lunch on the bench at home so headed off to find something quick and healthy if possible. Conti's was the first café with a park right at front. I was doubly annoyed at myself when I arrived at Conti's to discover that I was going to have to break a $20 note to buy lunch.
This price might been perfectly predictable to the well-groomed luncheon regulars in Camberwell but I rarely eat out for lunch. The selection of potential meals was not large but I was offered alternative bread and fillings so that my lunch was personalised.
If I had more time (and more money) I might frequent this place and try their spanakopita ($9) and vegetarian frittata. I could also get my fresh deli items at the same time. The marinated feta and fresh dips looked delicious.
I'm not resentful that everyone else in the cafe seemed to be having a good time, they know the owner and they aren't rushing back to work like me but I'm waiting at the barstools when I could be outside relaxing in the sunshine with someone waiting on me hand and foot (for a change). In my fantasy I wouldn't be here without kids (there are none in sight) I have an iced vitamin water followed by specialty coffee like the organic funky chai on the shelf. Maybe I'd indulge in one of those enormous cookies but I just can't decide what I'd rather have, a yo-yo or a Smartie studded biscuit for $3.50.
Going out to find lunch today wasn't in my tight schedule so I think I waited a tad too long for my take away lunch but that didn't make my lunch fresh and especially for me. When it arrived it was a delicious thickly sliced Philippa multigrain bread with fresh beetroot, lettuce, baked pumpkin, hummus and feta. It doesn't sound very graceful, but I had to pick out some of the middle in order to wrap my lips around this delicious, enormous sandwich.
It was nice to be pleasantly surprised. My homemade lunch looked like a very plain, poor cousin of this fresh tasty, more glamorous relative of a sandwich.
Now that's a sandwich
If you like the sound of Conti's you could try their breakfast. They have many varieties of egg dishes from $8 or a big breakfast for $20. Personally this is going to sound very thrifty (at the very least) when I say I don't want to spend that much on dinner, let alone brekky. But I'm sure it's going to be much better than the two dollar fluffy omlette muffins at Hungry Jacks.