Just when you thought that Eltham had enough cafes, in the heart of Eltham right next door to the station, Platform 3095 has just opened. It offers a unique budget cafe and bar experience. This venue has had a total renovation with appealing decor and plenty of space to bring a group of friends. They currently do not have an operating kitchen but in a few weeks they will have a much larger range of food with a full breakfast and lunch menu.
Platform 3095 is tucked away right next to the station with a convenient take away coffee service for those who are about to board or alighting the train. They also have a wide range craft beer and ciders and offer tapas and nibbles at the bar. Although the selection of tapes includes many cheaper items, I was eyeing off the cheese platter with sourdough herb toast for $15 and the mezze platter including cheese for $35.
We have watched with great anticipation the rejuvenation of the old gift shop. We were very pleasantly surprised by the styling and food on offer. For breakfast, we ordered mixed fruity toast which was packed full of apricots and other dried fruits.
We also had the banana bread, toasted ham and cheese sandwich and a large almond croissant. For all of this and a cappuccino, the bill was a total of only $23. I recently spent more than that on my own meal alone at another cafe not so far away. The kids were joking that it costs more to catch the train.
Everyone enjoyed their breakfasts. I'd like to make a special mention of the banana bread which was thickly cut, grilled and soft in the middle. It was not overly sweet - just the way I like it. Believe it or not, each of these meals were only four dollars each.
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When I asked one of the kids what they would say about this cafe they said 'It makes you want to hang out at the station', another one commented on the massive TV! If you have not yet dined there, it's time to catch Platform 3095.
Platform 3095 opens very early at 6am open until midnight on Thursdays and Fridays. They are closed on Sundays.