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Highside Cafe Restaurant

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Published July 30th 2017
Coffee keeps me going until it's wine o'clock
highside cafe restaurant bayswater
A prominent corner location

Highside Cafe Restaurant is a three minute walk from Bayswater station and its location is superb. Mountain High Shopping Centre is diagonally opposite and Aldi is right in front of the restaurant. Restaurant is more apt a description than cafe as the establishment serves exceptional chef-prepared dishes.

A large car park sits between Aldi and the cafe providing lots of spaces for convenient access.

highside cafe restaurant bayswater
The clock draws your attention

I went here on a lazy Sunday morning with my family and while the weather was fine for outdoor seating, we opted for a warmer setting inside the restaurant next to the serving ledge.

highside cafe restaurant bayswater
Sit back and relax

There are specials every day including kids and senior deals - check out the specials boards (there is more than one) when you get there to find out what's on for today!

highside cafe restaurant bayswater
First spread of the menu

The menu has a great range of food including gluten free options for those who are so inclined. The prices of the main meals are mostly under $20, making for a very affordable lunch or brunch. All-day breakfasts are available on weekends.

highside cafe restaurant bayswater
Three staff working the floor

The coffee counter is decorated with oranges in the overhead display cabinet along with freestanding wooden lettering. These words encompass what this restaurant/cafe is about; Dream, Cafe, Eat. Also, a cheeky plaque states: Coffee keeps me going until it's wine o'clock.

There is a Japanese Maple tree in the middle of the cafe; it adds a nice touch of nature amongst the earth colour scheme.

highside cafe restaurant bayswater
A topic of conversation - the LED lightbulbs

A minimalist light fixture with spreading octopus-like extensions hangs in the middle of space and gives it a simple industrial look.

highside cafe restaurant bayswater
Creamy mocha

Their mocha does not come with elaborate latte art but the taste is not compromised. A thick and creamy layer of froth sits atop a rich chocolate-infused coffee. We ordered a second cup after this one.

The three mains we ordered were fish of the day, a steak sandwich and squid.

highside cafe restaurant bayswater
Barramundi is today's fish of the day

The fish of the day was a $18.50 grilled Barramundi topped with capers and a side salad. The firm and flaky fish was placed gently on a small serving of buttery vinaigrette. A splash of lemon added contrast to the butter. Get a $2 discount if you choose to have the dish without chips - although you will not regret trying their chips.

Heavenly thick-cut chips
Heavenly thick-cut chips

The ciabatta from the $14.50 steak sandwich was crusty from being lightly toasted and the thick cut chips were powdery and light inside whilst maintaining a delicate crunch on the outside. A must-try for every diner.

highside cafe restaurant bayswater
Extremely tender squid dish

The $18.50 flash fried lemon pepper squid was cooked perfectly and the texture was as tender as can be. A dash of lemon transforms the squid into a sophisticated and subtle mix of flavours.

Outside patio-style seating would be perfect on a summer's day.

highside cafe restaurant bayswater
Outdoor seating available
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Why? Exceptional food in a convenient location
When: Tues-Sat: 8am-3.30pm, Sun: 9am-3.30pm (Mon closed)
Phone: (03) 9738 2213
Where: Shops 1 & 2, 10-14 High St., Bayswater VIC 3153
Cost: $10-$20
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