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Published July 12th 2016
Classy Food in a Heritage Ambience
It's been a while since have been to Montsalvat or their café located at Australia's oldest artist community. My memories are good ones of a high end restaurant with food and prices to match. On this occasion I was delighted to be invited to a birthday celebration there.
The meals are still classy but it is now run by the award-winning team from Boulevard Restaurant in Kew. You can now indulge in a decadent all day breakfast, afternoon treat or lunch 7 days a week. The seasonal all day menu and dinner menu (Friday and Saturday) offer a fresh and innovative selection of modern dining.
I don't know if I am now richer or used to this quality café, but the meals were not expensive, generous, and worth the price.
Diners can enjoy the rustic ambience of the café complete with chandelier or eat outside in the Gwen Ford Courtyard. The wildlife includes a resident peacock.
They are fully licensed. The wine list includes specialities from The Yarra Valley and various wine regions of Australia, New Zealand and France.
Here are some of the possible choices that our party enjoyed and I can vouch for:
The Montsalvat breakfast burrito is a unique combination of some of my favourite ingredients. It includes chia seed & quinoa tortilla, scrambled egg, coriander, caramelised onion, Mexican style beans, smashed avocado, spinach & sour cream for $19.5 0. Each of the halves was packed full and could have easily fed two people.
If you are not too hungry, you could choose the free range eggs: scrambled, poached or fried at $9.50. These were garnished with fresh herbs. A friend commented that they were cooked perfectly.
I chose the broccoli, wild mushrooms, caramelised onions and goats cheese tart. The pastry was absolutely delicious. It was served on a high stack of creamy mashed potatoes and a side serve of rocket and brocollini ($22).
Gluten-free, Vegetarian options and a kids menu are available.
Apart from the great food, this experience is enhanced by the historic setting. The regularly changing exhibitions of art are worth a look. When I was there, they featured the talented soap creations by Lesley Mitchell. I swear some of them were really gems. To express an interest to exhibit your work contact Jeannette Davison on (03) 9439 7712 or email@example.com
This is a whole immersion experience. The food is great value, the surroundings glorious and you never know what style of art will be exhibited. If you've never been, then you must. If you have been before, it might be time to revisit this historic artists' colony and their delightful café. There is ample Parking so there's no excuse not to.
Those poached eggs look divine. It's a dish you don't see served in many places. My Nan used to poach eggs all the time and I still have the little poaching pan she used, although its starting to show its age.