Jessica-Lee Hirst is a freelance writer based in the Yarra Valley.
Published March 4th 2012
There are now three Harvest cafes in the Yarra Valley. The first one opened on the main street of Healesville and was an instant hit with locals and tourists alike. It was so successful that another was opened inside the boundaries of Healesville Sanctuary, offering visitors a more gourmet dining experience at the zoo.
Now they've opened Museum Harvest located on Lilydale's most picturesque street; Castella Street. This new addition to Lilydale is a quiet and modern café that serves the perfect latte and fresh local dishes.
Museum Harvest backs onto Melba Park and is surrounded by Castella Street's big, green, oak trees. The café walls are mostly glass so even if you dine indoors you can appreciate how pretty the area is. On a sunny day the deck is full of people relaxing and enjoying their meals in the sun.
Their menu includes light breakfasts of roasted granola or eggs as you like them, and lunches that range from a Vietnamese chicken salad to Yarra Valley cannelloni pasta. They also have fresh sandwiches and other lunch time delights that aren't on the menu but are whipped up in the morning. The menu is inspired by what's fresh and in season. There is a range of cookies and mini cakes too (the flourless chocolate is to die for).
Their wine menu is small but includes some of the Yarra Valley's favourite wine labels such as Red Shed and Innocent Bystander. Other refreshment on their drink menu includes a range of organic juices that are just delicious and the popular Santa Vittoria fizzy drinks. The girls on the coffee machine are experienced baristas; I've never been served a bad coffee. The milk is always frothy and the perfect temperature, the coffee is rich and aromatic.