My journey for a good café in the western suburbs of Melbourne came to an end when I discovered Moka Patisserie and Café. Serving delectable food at an affordable price, Moka has become a favourite of mine.
On one sunny Sunday, I pushed open the thick glass door of Moka and ventured inside looking for a filling lunch. My initial impression was Moka was a small café with simple sitting arrangements and classy décor. I stepped towards the counter where I found a stack of the single page menu.
Moka Interior (Image by Joya D)
The modest menu held some interesting options but did not push any boundaries. All the usual favourites decked the menu. We scrutinised the humble menu and within a few minutes placed our orders and sat down on one of the tables. The food took some time to arrive. Once our orders made their appearances, we tucked into the food gratefully.
Our lattes were delicious and delivered instantaneous gratification. The chicken parmigiana I had ordered looked fantastic with generous sides of chunky chips and veggies. It was time to find whether the parma tasted as good as it looked. The thin layer of melted cheese was savoury. The crumbed chicken breast was crunchy outside and butter-soft inside. The first bite resulted in involuntary exclamations of 'oohs and aahs'. My tastebuds eagerly lapped up every bite of the delicious parma. The hot chips were lightly salted and were quite crispy minus the grease. The salad was a nice concoction of sliced carrot, capsicum, beetroot and greens. The huge serving size made it quite impossible for me to finish my parma.
My dining partners enjoyed a club sandwich and a chicken wrap. The club sandwich looked positively palatable so I took a mouthful of the sandwich. It was a toasted sandwich with egg, tomato, bacon, cheese, mayo and chicken, with sides of chunky chips and salad. The serving was very generous and the sandwich itself was crispy and tasty. Rich and delectable, the sandwich leaves the diner sated and elated.
The chicken wrap was a very simple wrap served with chips and salad. A tortilla stuffed with chicken, mayo, cheese, shredded red cabbage and carrot and lightly grilled. The wrap was quite flavoursome but did not exactly hit the bull's eye when it came to gratification.
My ultimate favourite was the chicken parma which had managed to tick all the boxes. I will certainly go back for the chicken parma and the club sandwich. I noted dainty treats being displayed in glass cases. The gourmet chocolates, macaroons and cakes appeared quite mouth-watering. I do intend to sample them in the future.
Moka opened its doors to the public in early 2009. Moka was opened with the objective to a deliver an exciting experience to the foodies in Werribee. A family run business, Moka has a strong emphasis on quality food. I can vouch for the fact that quality is what you get at Moka.
Moka's manager advised me that Moka is open for breakfast and lunch only. Catering is available for family functions and corporate events. Learn more about Moka by visiting their website.
Good food, generous serves, beautiful presentations and reasonable prices earn Moka a pat on the back and a rating of 4 out of 5. Winner of the 2010 Tourism and Hospitality award, Moka awaits you at 1/169 Watton Street, Werribee. Take the car and park on Watton Street or take a small walk from the Werribee railway station to come and enjoy the inviting environment and the lip-smacking food at Moka. You will not be disappointed.