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Published October 18th 2013
A hidden gem you will want to keep all to yourself
Glen Huntly used to be a fairly uninspiring cafe strip but over time is reinventing itself as an eat and drink Melbourne hot spot with more and more quality places opening up. Tucked away opposite the Glen Huntly train stations third platform and down a tree swept street sits The Servery, the newest cafe to open in this block.
Perfectly positioned off the main drag there's none of the hustle and bustle you expect on Glen Huntly road - no parking issues or crowded sidewalks, just an airy, spacey and quiet location to relax and indulge in.
The new cafe on the block
You may recognize the name of this place as it's the little sister to the popular The Servery West situated in West Melbourne, but luckily for us in the south east we can now enjoy having our own version as a favoured local. Inside, The Servery is inviting and homely with sweet decor. From the concrete floors to the exposed brick walls and the bare globes, pretty flowers decorate the tables and cushions line the benches. There's nothing pretentious here instead quality and variety and a lovely chilled out feel.
A light and airy place that makes you feel instantaneously at home.
You can choose to sit inside at the window to watch the trains pass by and envy those whose first port of call in the mornings is The Servery for a coffee, or snuggle up along the communal table. If you have a little one there's a green plastic table to draw on and eat at. On sunny days a small courtyard beacons with a lovely casual backyard feel and fairy lights that create a magical atmosphere in the evenings.
Sun during the day, fairy lights at night.
[ADVERT]That's just another draw card of The Servery; cafe by day and pizza, tapas and pasta restaurant by night (including the option to takeaway or get food delivered). Basically that covers your entire food needs for an entire day. It also means they are licensed, therefore you can indulge prior to a punt at the Caulfield Cup with a wine or maybe sneak in a lunch time sangria.
And the food is yum! We had breakfast and I can honestly say it took all my restraint not to pick food off the plates of other diners as it all looked and smelled irresistible. Big portions of all your favourite breakfast fare from crispy gluten free corn and zucchini fritters with a choice of bacon or grilled halloumi or both to organic quinoa porridge in sweet coconut milk with poached rhubarb, pistachios and almonds. You can see now why I was drawn to taste test each and every meal around me.
Real dig in type of food
For lunch there are paninis with various fillings and burgers from a vegan variety to a Portuguese chicken burger. In the evening it's all about sharing time with friends and family and perhaps some tapas too, like mushroom and goat cheese arancini with aioli or chorizo bombas (potato and chorizo balls with brava sauce). I may not know what most of these foods even are, but they sound delectable.
Why not enjoy a coffee and a home baked pastry.
There are many pizza and pasta varieties on offer too and you can check out the full menu online with many gluten free options available too. In fact, the entire menu is very family, vegan, vegetarian and gluten free friendly. As a vegetarian I am ecstatic with not having pasta or risotto as my only meal options anymore.
Plenty of options for tastes and dietary requirements.
The staff are very friendly and attentive and it seems they are happy to do anything to make your experience the best it can be. When we visited it wasn't crowded and noisy, as this is still a lovely hidden gem, but busy enough to be constant. Nonetheless the food and drinks came quickly, which is a big plus when you have kids dining with you. If you don't have kids, sit back and enjoy the ambiance of The Servery and as many coffees as you can fit in - or sangria's, whichever you prefer.
With Halloween fast approaching the team at The Servery are hosting a haunting Halloween High Tea on the 31st of October. For the little price of $15 adults can enjoy scones, sandwiches and tarts to go with their tea or coffee. But that's not all. Kids eat free and get a mask to make. This should keep them out of your cream and jam and busy on a creative mission. If your Halloween is in desperate need of an upgrade I think this sounds sensational. Grab some friends and book a table.
In fact, if your whole cafe experience needs an upgrade, The Servery is the place for you.