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Time Out Cafe, Federation Square

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by Ali Hawkins (subscribe)
I'm keen to share things that I've done with others - I love learning about culture and history, I know the importance of great service, good quality products and positive experiences. I love to experience life's opportunities. I live in Melbourne.
Published April 1st 2015
Great location to call in for a quick break
I was on my way to a concert at Rod Laver Arena and decided to have a quick dinner here before hand. It had a big, bright presence - right on the forecourt at Federation Square with many happy diners and people having drinks in the outdoor patio with orange umbrellas.

Time Out Cafe, Federation Square
Bright and easy to find

It was busy too - for 6 o'clock on a Tuesday night, which is a pretty good effort.

I decided to eat inside and found a table near the broad windows - the sun was setting, so the warm rays were falling on my back, which was pleasant.

The menu offered a good selection of small and large options. The burgers, pizza and pastas all looked great and were very popular. I choose a serving of Bruschetta and a Roasted Pumpkin Salad. The waiter was informal and efficient, she took my order for drinks too. She delivered me a San Pellegrino sparkling water within a minute or two and the cocktail followed soon after.

Time Out Cafe, Bruschetta

I didn't have to wait too long before the bruschetta arrived - it was served on a dark plate and as expected, small on the bread but generous on the tomato topping. It had a balsamic dressing drizzle also.

The Roasted Pumpkin Salad came very well presented. It was served inside two huge slices of cooked pumpkin - it looked really great, a visual feast!

Time Out Cafe, Roasted Pumpkin Salad
Roasted Pumpkin Salad

I delved into my salad eagerly - the leaves, fetta, pine nuts, onion, tomato and dressing were all good and it was very enjoyable dish. There's one problem though - if the chef thinks diners will actually eat the entire salad, it's not going to happen - the pumpkin was roasted alright, but not enough to actually cook it through, so it was too firm, hard and not enjoyable to eat. Shame.

That's the only drawback on my meal though - the service was good, I had no problem getting in and out again on a tight timeframe - even when it was busy.

Time Out Café is easy to find, so if you arrive by train into Flinders Street station, by tram to Flinders/Swanston Streets corner, or by foot from work, the Arts Centre or the Botanical Gardens, you will be here quickly. Perhaps meet friends on the steps outside Flinders Street Station and head over the road?

It's worth a visit.
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Why? Call in for a drink or a quite bite to eat on your way to an event
When: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner - anything (8am until late)
Phone: (03) 9671 3855
Where: 2 Swanston Street, Federation Square, Melbourne
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