Nestled on the busy Kings Way strip of Glen Waverley, closely neighboured by a melee of Asian cuisines, the shop-front of Piatella has a very inviting crepe & dessert counter, and an gelati cabinet on the other side. If you venture beyond this however, you'll find a warm but industrially chic fit out housing the dining area of Piatella.
After being seated by a friendly and attentive waitress, I tentatively ordered a coffee. Despite the number of great cafes in the area, I find myself often-disappointed with burnt-tasting or bitter coffee - particularly on a weekend rush! I was pleasantly surprised when I received a smooth and creamy cappuccino!
My friends and I were torn between a number of the delectable menu items - a particularly wonderful feature of Piatella's menu is that their Lunch menu begins at 11am, and their breakfast is all-day; providing a pleasant crossover of choices at brunchtime.
This included generous slices of grilled haloumi (Piatella's Greek roots shining through!), chargrilled capsicum, rocket, pomegranate molasses dressing, pleasantly grilled and flavourful mushrooms, topped of with a house-made potato rosti, smashed avocado & a perfectly fried egg. There was a lot going on with this plate, but every single element worked - especially the mushrooms, which i'm particularly picky about, more often than not the humble breakfast mushroom is either too wet or too oily; Piatella's was neither, and it was perfectly cooked and seasoned.
My partner got the Pancakes - these came topped with caramelised walnuts, banana and butterscotch sauce.
They were moist, fluffy and yet somehow dense - as a proper buttermilk pancake I believe this is how they're supposed to be, but be warned if you are expecting a light as air typical hotcake!
My friend got the 'Just Smashing', which was composed of seeded toast, smashed avocado, danish feta, smoked salmon and a toasted sunflower seed gremolata, drizzled with extra-virgin olive oil. She went the option of also adding two poached eggs.
This was beautifully presented, and a very unique option for a breakfast menu item. My friend said it all came together wonderfully, with each element being fresh and flavourful of it's own accord, but a delicious breakfast symphony together!
My friends partner went for the omnipresent 'Big Breakfast' option - and we were all pleasantly surprised. Due to the sheer size of this dish I got to sample a number of elements and it was a fantastic break-away from the typical boring big breakfast!
This dish contained to-die for cheesy ciabatta bread, a grilled chorizo sausage, lightly steamed spinach, grilled mushroom, an oven roasted roma tomato, a house-made rosti, pan-fried bacon and two eggs however you like them. It was so refreshing to see a 'big breaky' with care and attention to detail shown on each and every item on the plate. Looking forward to sampling this one myself on a seedy Sunday!
In 10 Words or Less: Hidden surburban joy, coffee & breakfast to die for.
- Great Coffee
- Lovingly prepared food
- Great location
- Wonderful atmosphere & decor
- Like all good cafes, gets busy on weekends
- Parking can be frustrating on Kings Way, but it's worth persisting.