Freelance writer / Law student from Melbourne, Australia.
Published July 31st 2011
This Whitehorse road café is no secret to your average brunch-going eastern suburb resident. From the moment you step in to Snow Pony, you'll be encapsulated by a comfortable indie vibe with friendly down-to-earth staff. The café is separated into three separate areas; choose between the vibrant front room, cosy back corner or the outdoor courtyard which is great for sunseekers or bigger groups.
The menu is relatively extensive with something for everyone – there's even a selection of gluten-free foods. If you're looking for a substantial breakfast, try the "Giddy Up" or the popular smashed avocado with thyme buttered mushrooms. You'll be smashing all your avocados after trying this. For a sweet tooth, you cannot go past the decadent banana bread served with mascarpone cheese, fresh berries, banana and pistachio. Highly recommended and surprisingly filling. If you're budget conscious, the noisette bread is a real treat. At the counter you'll find an array of enticing home made individual cakes and slices. The coffee here is divinely fresh. Their barista will also treat you with some form of impressive coffee art, even if you get a cappuccino! Snow Pony also has some lunch options although it is predominantly known for breakfast and brunch.
Although there is not a quiet moment in Snow Pony, the crowd – mainly young adults with friends or young mothers, sometimes families – is rarely rowdy and you'll find yourself being able to have a conversation without having to shout at each other. The only drawback is that being a very popular cafe so if you plan to come between Friday to Sunday come well before 10am if you plan to get a table that sits more than two.
Snow Pony is a treasure, a fleck of hope for the future café culture in the suburbs of Melbourne's east. Great place to come with a few friends. Snow Pony does not disappoint – you will be arranging your next visit as soon as you gallop in.
Heads up: Cash only. No reservations. Approximate prices: $5 individual cake, $3 standard coffee, $10 light breakfast, $15-20 standard breakfast / lunch Owned by the same Jason Jones of Porgie and Mr Jones on Auburn Road, so if you love that menu you'll undoubtedly love this! Jason has just recently opened up his third instalment called "Friends of Mine" on Swan St, Richmond.
Gluten free foods available Smoking area available Take away available
That banana bread looks amazing. When I saw the picture my mouth just dropped open. I'll have to bookmark this place so that next time I'm in Melbourne I can give it a go. I'm already looking forward to it!