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Published January 11th 2014
Olinda Cafe, a cafe with style, great food, and a courtyard
Imagine walking into a secluded terraced garden at Olinda for breakfast, atop Mount Dandenong. The stone walls add a tranquil and comforting insulation from the outside world. The aroma of a hearty "big breakfast" wafts as the waiter passes and rich coffee beans too!
Olinda Cafe is run by Craig and Heather Hick. They present a bright and inviting cafe with a fire place indoors and a colourful and bright garden setting outdoors. There are ferns and flowers adorning the garden and courtyard outside. The cafe is quite spacious and bustling if you arrive a little after opening time. The service is always prompt, friendly and the food of a consistent high quality.
Craig and Heather have been running Olinda Cafe for the last 18 months, and the head chef started with them as an apprentice. They ran another local restaurant up until 8 years ago, which was The Snooty Fox. You could say Craig was born to the industry, as his parents always owned restaurants, and he worked for them after finishing school.
I enjoyed a creamy eggs benedict and a rich roasted bean cappuccino, that made a splendid start to the morning, with the water feature trickling away close by and taking in the bright sunshine and the fresh mountain air.
Another point to keep in mind is that they cater for most dietary requirements, simply advise what your require when you order. The breakfast menu has a range of goodies! You may choose from, sourdough toast with honey or local jams, toasted fruit loaf, or poached eggs with dukkah! Otherwise you may like to try an omelette, eggs benedict, free range eggs on toast, a big breakfast or pikelets and that is not the full extent of the menu either.
The premises is not licensed, but they are happy for you to b.y.o. drinks. For lunch you have many choices including, atlantic salmon with grain or herb salad, with seeds, nuts and yoghurt. Perhaps warm chicken salad, with mango, almonds, garlic, pangritata, salad leaves and aioli dressing. There are too many choices to mention, but they do include more simple items for kids such as homemade sausage rolls, lamb and rosemary pie, beer battered chips and a range of desserts. So much to entice for another great food experience!
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