I love pastries. They remind me of lazy Sunday mornings where there is time for a warm croissant on the decking while reading the newspaper in the sun. Luxury. I had a craving for a pastry lunch today and I couldn't have picked a better place than Generations Patisserie. It's characterised by an elaborately painted exterior that, according to my daughter, looked like an old castle.
I had seen this cafe a number of times on my way through to Greensborough but have never stopped to enjoy the treats. So today my daughter and I went down to have a quick lunch together and discovered that the selection was going to take quite a while. What looks like a small cafe from the front actually stocks an extensive selection of homemade pastries, Danishes, doughnuts, biscuits, cakes and pies. This is a traditional Italian style patisserie offering freshly baked pastries and hot food.
The cafe is cleverly styled. There are colourful bar stools inside and outdoor seating. The walls are painted with black and white pictures of their relatives. They have an interesting system to make ordering and purchasing as quick as possible. Pick up your pad and pencil on the way in, write down the number of the food item selected and pay at the cashier. I wonder if this is an old Italian system.
Reason number 2. The prices are unbelievable. Because of their location and the fact that they make all the food on the premises their food is ridiculously cheap. Can you believe that coffee tea and hot chocolate are from just $3. You can buy a selection of pies or a quiche from $4 or lasagna $8. They also make rolls or focaccias to suit. My daughter and I had a pastry, focaccia, drink and the sour cherry slice with cream for under $20. The bread and butter pudding was stunning.
Reason number 3. The taste of course. They make everything! The pastries are distinctly different from other places (just like nanna used to make). At the moment the Danishes and doughnuts are very popular but other items are taking over and everything is gaining popularity. The recipes have been tried and tested for many generations.
Joanne and Mark are the friendly owners of Generations Patisserie which has only been open for 7 months. They already have some regulars. I saw one wave goodbye to today who had chocolate smeared all over her face from a doughnut. In her defence, I think she was only about 3yrs old and the doughnut was huge.
Generations Patisserie is not amongst the Greensborough strip of shops or in the shopping centre, so you'll have to go looking for it. You can't miss it just down from the Greensborough railway station. It's worth looking out for. Find your own good reasons to visit Generations Patisserie. I might just have my Sunday morning croissant sitting at their outdoor section this weekend.