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Published November 8th 2017
Go somewhere special for your next cafe meal
Once upon a time, not too long ago, a woman had an enchanting dream. She worked in catering in a large hospital and longed to work for herself and open a little cafe. Sorita, together with her husband, took a leap of faith, waved her magic wand and created Enchanted Cafe two years ago. She now cooks to her heart's content and has established a regular flow of customers.
The decor at this cafe is unusual. The owner described her ideas to the shop fitters and they carried out her vision. Sotira says the old doors represent all the doors in life. Old doors close and new ones come along and we walk through them. Just like quitting your job to open a new cafe. The shabby chic decor is tasteful with lots of vintage doors and windows. In the centre, there is an interesting feature made of old wrought iron gates which makes for a useful room divider giving diners some privacy. Fairies are hidden about the place. Actually, I have never seen such an enchanting cafe in a shopping mall and it was a pleasant experience to sit here. Two walls are completely covered in glass windows looking to the outside and these can be opened in summer.
Tasty morning snacks of a gluten free toastie for me and a croissant for my friend. Image by the writer.
A substantial breakfast menu starts the day with all the regular hot breakfasts, croissants, waffles and toasties. I was spellbound at the extensive lunch menu, which seemed too much for a cafe, but Sotira assures me it all sells. Items include hot dogs, open grilled sandwiches, schnitzels, steak sandwich and homemade pies and quiche.
My friends and I ordered some brunch snacks to have with our hot beverages. Front of house was a little disorganised for a Saturday morning. I waited at the counter while an attendant had her back to me and cleaned a counter. My friend said she received the wrong tea, but my chai latte was simply the best I have ever had and was actually hot which makes a change from the majority of cafes.
Super chai latte and a pot of tea. Image by the writer.
Sotira does 95% of the baking herself, making the sweet treats cabinet look full with delicious cakes, mousse, tarts and trifle. Waffles, ice-cream sundaes and churros are also on offer. There is even a frog in jelly for the kids. It was good to see some gluten-free options available to have with coffee. Gluten-free bread can be substituted for sandwiches and toasties.
Food made with love. Owner Sotira is a fabulous cook and is happy to greet you at her cafe. Image by the writer.
A special menu item is high tea which is popular with groups for special occasions such as birthdays or a girl's day out. Prices start at $30 a head and the high tea is served with non-alcoholic bubbly and of course, tea and a treats selection. A new children's birthday menu will be added soon.
Enchanted Café is open regular shopping centre hours. On Saturday it is open 8.30-4.30 and Sunday 11.30-4.30. This café is becoming a popular spot in the northern suburbs and provides a much-needed coffee venue in the area.
Put a little magic into your day at Enchanted Cafe. Image by the writer.