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Published March 9th 2018
Driving through the Werribee area and looking for a nice cafe to stop for lunch, I came across Morris and Heath Cafe in Hoppers Crossing. It sits on the corner of Hoppers Crossing shopping centre with an outdoor area to enjoy the sunshine and inside there is seating with high ceilings. When I arrived, it was busy and had a nice atmosphere with a good music playlist, and warm and smiling staff to seat us.
The service here is efficient with our meals coming out within 15 minutes. The colourful dishes were fresh and of a good portion size to fill you up. Breakfast options include French toast, apple pie porridge, croissants, bagels, and eggs dishes. Lunch mains range from $17 to $22 including Southern fried chicken burgers, pan seared salmon fillet, to a poached chicken salad. Coffee from Honduras and Guatemala are on the menu, as well as fresh smoothies.
The Hawaiian Poke Bowl dish came with a soy sesame dressing on the side which I drizzled over the house-cured salmon, brown rice, edamame beans, capsicum, cucumber, carrot, lettuce, with shredded nori and sesame seeds. For those unfamiliar, I like to liken this dish to a deconstructed sushi or a sushi bowl.
This modern and vibrant cafe reminded me of places you would find in inner suburbs of Melbourne and it was no surprise when I read that the owners come from a family of restaurant owners, including 30 Mill Espresso in Malvern East and Miss Frank, located in Camberwell. Morris and Heath have a very relaxed atmosphere where you can feel comfortable to stay and enjoy a long lunch by the window. I would recommend this for a breakfast or lunch during the week and on weekends, and as a place to stop for coffee and read the newspaper.