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The Sitting Wombat Cafe

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published July 10th 2019
The name's quirky, but the food isn't
Café sign
The sign on Maroondah Highway.

Don't you just love restaurants and cafes with quirky names? I spotted a sign on the Maroondah Highway for The Sitting Wombat, Espresso Café & Eatery. What could be a more enticing location for my morning coffee?

Shop exterior
The café entrance.

It is tucked away in the corner of the Burnt Bridge Shopping Centre and has only recently opened.

Café interior
The café interior.

They offer one of my favourites - an all-day breakfast, but as I had a morning one at home I elected for a cappuccino and a small cake. The coffee was hot, as ordered, and the little cake was moist and delicious.

Coffee & cake
My coffee & cake.

Owner and manager Keiichi was observed preparing a bacon and eggs dish for a client. I was almost tempted to trade in my cake for an all-day breakfast.

Keiichi preparing bacon & eggs.

Bacon & eggs
The result.

On my second visit, I opted for a take-away coffee, watching barista Jenny prepare it. It was hot as ordered, my one spoon of sugar was stirred as many take away coffees I have had just had the sugar spooned in and not stirred.

Jenny at work.

I even received a little bear biscuit with the coffee, the first time I have had one with take-away. They say it pays to advertise and I thought it was a nice touch with the café's logo on the takeaway cup.

Take-away coffee.
My take-away coffee cup.

The Sitting Wombat is a long narrow shop and a sitting wombat image dominates the back wall, reminding you where you are.

The wombat is watching you.

If you are in the area, this little café is worth seeking out. There is ample off-street parking in the Burnt Bridge complex, even directly outside the shop.
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Where: Burnt Bridge Shopping Centre. Shop 12, 434 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood East. Melways Map 50 D.
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