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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.