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Platters Cafe, Bar and Grill

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published February 11th 2014
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A gift from a loyal customer


Platters Café is in the thriving heart of Diamond Creek. It looks more like a trendy, open door, inner city café. The indoor eating area flows into the outdoor seating area with comfy lounge chairs, tables and chairs and bar stool seating.

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You can't miss Platters


I immediately noticed the large, distinctive modern artwork and thought they were for sale. On inquiring I was told that a customer had given them an impressive piece. 'Our customers tend to become our friends.' I was told. I thought this spoke volumes about the attentiveness of the waiting staff and the café.

Platters has a large number of loyal regulars and this is evident in the fact that they have won the community voted 'Favourite Trader' award two years in a row since it was introduced two years ago. They proudly display the trophies and medallion board.

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Favourite trader awards voted by locals


The menu was lengthy with lots of options including brekky all day until 3pm. I liked the idea of buttermilk pancakes with poached berries and sweetened ricotta ($14.90). I was not keen on queuing up to order but the line was swiftly dealt with and meals delivered promptly. For some reason we were delivered a fruit toast instead of French toast. Even though we were willing to accept the alternative they were insistent on replacing it and the chef was most apologetic.

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You have to be hungry


Some of the dishes were ridiculously cheap, for example a toasted sandwich from $4. You can upgrade meals with chips or salad for $2 or both for $4. This makes Platters very appealing to take a bunch of kids.

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Large tasty Chicken snitzel sandwich


My mum settled on a classic schnitzel sandwich, which was too large to finish (only $8.50). All meals were really big enough for two. I chose the corn fritters with grated cucumber, fetta, wild rocket and garlic aioli. It is the cook's own recipe and not a flat pancake as I expected. It was more like egg shaped deep fried crispy fritters and absolutely delicious.

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Just looking at those fritters makes me hungry


The most expensive item on the menu would be a challenge for even the biggest man. The double stack hamburger has double tasty cheese, double bacon, double tomato relish with lettuce and chips for $17.

For future reference I noted they had lots of snacks such as nachos, battered chips and focaccia. The coffees were $3.50 and babychino $1.50.

It was my mum's shout and to her surprise the staff member asked if she was a senior in order to give her a discount. It's the first time she has ever been asked. The discount was applied to all meals - senior or not.

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Time to relax at Platters with friends


Unfortunately, discovering Platters Café has caused a dilemma. I now have four favourite cafes in Diamond Creek: Piccolo Mechanico, Degani and Vines Café. How will I ever decide where to go for lunch? A coin only has two sides so I guess I will need to have coin flipping heats.
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Why? Because so many locals can't be wrong
Phone: 94385940
Where: Main Hurstbridge Road Diamond Creek
Cost: Cheap
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