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Tin Roof Cafe

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by TheOnlyFiona (subscribe)
In real life, I do discuss food exactly like how I write in my food review articles. As always my food reviews are scored only on what I've tried and the service expected of that type of establishment.
Published March 24th 2015
Good food and a relaxed setting
In the main restaurant street of Niddrie, you will find this café, restaurant and bar. Inside, you'll find an area decked out in wooden furniture in front of a bar. Food hangs from the ceiling above this area, which I am told is an Italian tradition. The specials are listed on a blackboard that is curiously corrugated metal sheeting. It's much nicer than the shed theme that you have pictured.

A comfortable laid back, family friendly atmosphere allows you to talk to your hearts content or not. Relax. Chill. My companions had based their recommendation on this. The menu covers a variety of burgers, pizzas and risottos.

Tinroof specials board
Tinroof specials board


Tinroof facade
Tinroof facade


The entree of choice was the Tin Roof wedges. The very rich cheesy, salsa sauce complemented the crunchy wedges nicely. It could have been a meal by itself. Not good if you were planning on more than one entree.

Tin roof wedges
Tin roof wedges


After a very rich bowl of chips, we ordered a pizza as another entree. The wood-fired pizza was simply as it should be, with fragrant tomato and cheese topping. Again it was bigger than expected.

Tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil
Tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil pizza


Next followed the main. I had ordered the veal campagnola. Its sauce was similar to the wedges, but this time there were capsicums and spinach in the baked sauce. The veal pieces were delicious, full of flavour and not at all dry. It could have come out a watery mess, but it was well executed. My only regret was that I couldn't finish it, which I blame entirely on the previous two dishes.

Veal campagnola
Veal campagnola


After exploring the main restaurant street of Niddrie, Tin Roof provides a nice ending place. Be careful to not over order when reading through the menu and take more than one companion. Highly recommended for a relaxed dinner.

Experience Summary:

Service – 4.5 stars; friendly service, expect some wait time during busy times.

Atmosphere – 5 stars; family friendly and very relaxed vibe.

Food – 5 stars; over ordering is what you have to be afraid of.

Uniqueness factor – good food and a relaxed setting.


Tin roof Interior
Tin roof Interior
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Phone: 9379 4041
Where: 338 Keilor Road, Niddrie VIC 3042
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