Swan Valley Café advertises that all its food is made with love, as well as the freshest, most local, and organic vegetables they can find.
We chanced on the vegetarian café when we happened to drive past it when hungry, not realising its veggie status.
Hungry reached ravenous by the time our food arrived at a pace which was leisurely, although not outrageously slow. We were clearly not the only ones getting a little impatient. Customers from a large group sitting near us got up themselves to help staff ferry food from the kitchen to the table.
The restaurant has a somewhat tropical feel with dark, heavy wooden tables, and a colour scheme highlighting green. It looks over a shady courtyard garden.
Prices for food are not too bad by Swan Valley standards, with lunches starting from $10.90 for the soup of the day and the most expensive thing on the menu the $24.90 ploughman's platter. However a latte will set you back $4.50 and specialist teas range from $3.50 up to $6. The café is licensed, selling organic wines. Most breakfast options are about $12.
The menu includes vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options.
We tried the dahl, a flavoursome bright yellow curry, as well as the ploughman's platter. The platter offered an array of tit-bits – a dolmade, a little pepper stuffed with soft cheese, a large pile of assorted hard cheeses, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, dried fruit, nuts, three delicious dips, and assorted bread and crackers.
While we would have preferred a little more bread and fewer crackers, the platter itself was too generous to finish – despite our hungry status – and delicious. Plates of frittata and salad on a neighbouring table also looked vibrantly coloured and yummy.
The café prides itself on its range of teas, and sells them in take-home packets as well as an online shop.
I was also having lunch at cafe at this time and found it refreshing and healthy and have been several times before. Found the staff friendly and helpful. Was told by another customer the large group were very impatient and wanted their food in a hurry as they only had a limited time to eat their lunch of 3 courses. I will certainly go back for their healthy options.