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Cote Terra Cafe

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by Nishma (subscribe)
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Published February 25th 2015
Rustic decor, charming menu

It was the morning of Valentine's day this year, the day was just beginning and my husband decided to treat me to a new place for breakfast. It was a surprise and the credit of this little find goes to him. I couldn't wait to share this with you all who live in and around the Oakleigh area. Many of you might be familiar with extravagant little strip of eateries (appropriately named Eaton Street, no joke) like Vanilla and Nikos where you might find almost the whole of Oakleigh, it may seem, hanging out any time of the day. On weekends it gets crazier, almost everyone's meet, greet and eat stop with good reason, the delicious Greek menu here rivals any other in any part of Melbourne. A mixed crowd chatting with a blend of delicious smells in the air probably makes this the cultural hub to see and be seen.

But just parallel to Eaton street runs Station street, where tucked away neatly in a corner is Cote Terra Cafe and Tapas Bar. I walked up to it and the usual blend of sounds of cutlery, laughter and music greeted my ears. My husband was beaming ear to ear as I took in the very unusual ambience and props in the surprisingly cosy place.

What? They serve water in an ancient looking opaque glass container which reminded me of old medical equipment. Speaking of which, the tables were simple, with old-medical-surgical-case like thing containing cutlery.
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water jug/chemistry jar?

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surgical kit with cutlery

Ceiling art? Oh yes of-course life size tripods with ancient camera flashes hung around them. Why wouldn't I find them here! In the corner an ancient looking radio-speaker type hulky object added to the vibes. Single bulbs hung down from the ceiling and I was almost surprised not to find lamps in here. Yes, the ones we lit in our past lives. Simple white walls with ancient wiring and piping running across it and the wooden roof was no-nonsense and allowed me to focus on food and conversation rather than a lot of things hitting the eye at once. I prefer that, do you? The bar area looked stark, like an operation theater, with neatly displayed rows of liquor and glasses.

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ceiling art

I could already see a few people waiting outside, I understood this place is quite popular. Having a sceptical look at the menu, firstly, it was worn and aged looking; wow, clever idea because you can't have a modern plastic menu and lose the appeal of this beautiful little haven. There are a variety of breakfast and lunch options with hot and cold beverages and a separate liquor with tapas menu.

I recommend ordering "The Mask" to drink and "Shroom" to eat...the quality of food is beyond excellent. Exotic yet simple, ancient yet modern. Very ambiguous. The service was energetic and very welcoming. The affordable price range makes this definitely a place to revisit again and again. Definitely quite geeky, I can almost see Sheldon sitting here with Amy.
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"the mask"

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So if you are looking for a rare time-travel ambience, old world charm or simply a place that does not try too much to be appealing and still leaves you feeling special and rare, you know where to go next!

If the name rings a bell in anyone's head, they have been open since 2012 and were previously located on Atherton road and just shifted here.
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When: Weekdays - 7 am to 4:30 pm

Weekends - 8 am to 4:30 pm

Wed to Sun Tapas Bar timings - 5:30 pm to 11 pm

Where: 17 Station Street, Oakleigh VIC 3166
Cost: $$
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