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The Citrus Tart Cafe

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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Published March 7th 2014
Cosy Little Caf with Homemade Food
Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, Homemade food, Homemade cakes, Snacks, Coffee, gluten free, child friendly
Cafe namesake

The Citrus Tart is a cosy, family owned café conveniently located close to the Watsonia station. It has been in this location for ten years and owned by a mother (Gwen) and daughter (Kirsty) team for four years. When they first started at the Citrus Tart, they thought they'd give it a go and they love it.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, Homemade food, Homemade cakes, Snacks, Coffee, gluten free, child friendly
Indoor and outdoor dining

The Citrus Tart has a lot of regulars who like to come in for a chat. Apparently the long serving staff is good listeners.

Gwen makes most of the foods herself which is no small feat because they have an enormous selection. An all time favourite is the chicken schnitzel sandwiches and of course the citrus tart. I could feel that the home-made vanilla slice is trying to wield its magnetic powers over me.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, Homemade food, Homemade cakes, Snacks, Coffee, gluten free, child friendly
OMG look at that vanilla slice!

It was a little bit early for lunch but what the heck, I couldn't resist the spinach and ricotta borek (with real spinach and sour cream). I didn't mean to but I ate the lot and the serving was generous.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, Homemade food, Homemade cakes, Snacks, Coffee, gluten free, child friendly
Spinach and ricotta borek with sour cream or chutney

Due to this reviewing task I had no choice but to try out the citrus tart. This was probably the best I have tasted. It was creamy and not too tart. I managed to consume it all even with good intentions to share with the family for unbiased feedback.

All told for my main, dessert and a drink I only spent $16.

My friend had a slice of raisin toast and nicely served tea. She also bought a take away salad that looked tempting. Too many choices.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, Homemade food, Homemade cakes, Snacks, Coffee, gluten free, child friendly
Raisin toast and tea. A lovely late breakfast

The Citrus Tart caters for children and offers gluten free food. There are many varieties of coffee and cold beverages. Toasted sandwiches are from $7, sandwiches and rolls from $6.50 and $1.50 extra for focaccia. The menu says 'It's okay to create your own combinations'. I looked at the selection and thought this was a bit like an upmarket Subway.

Café, Restaurant, Lunch, Breakfast, Homemade food, Homemade cakes, Snacks, Coffee, gluten free, child friendly
Lovely locally hand made jewellery

Breakfast, lunch, snacks and coffee are available from 8.30am to about 4.30pm week days and 1.30pm on Saturday. They seat up to 30 people with indoor and outdoor dining but ring to book for lunch as they are sometimes booked out.
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When: Open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 1:30 pm Saturday
Phone: 9435 1507 ‎
Where: 2D Lambourn Rd, Watsonia
Cost: Reasonable
Your Comment
Yummy! For delicious home-made cakes and tarts - almost worth a special trip to cross town.
by eve.c (score: 2|302) 2075 days ago
I am in love with that vanilla slice
by Grant (score: 2|294) 2077 days ago
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