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Published August 31st 2013
Something for everyone
Are you into wine, food, and art? If you are put this on your 'to do list'. You could just about spend the day at Vines Café and Nillumbik Cellars. Here's the plan. Come for breakfast, enjoy the art, have morning tea by the open fire and then lunch. In the afternoon enjoy the wine tasting. There are so many delicious cakes and you will probably need to get take away.
It's Saturday morning and only 9.30 but when I looked around I notice that the café was full. The customers are of all ages. On the table next to us a brave young couple had three children. I asked her what she liked about the café and she said 'Everything. The people who own it especially. My kids have grown up here. It feels like home. They give the kids birthday presents. It's very friendly and great service.' Not a bad recommendation!
The father and son run the massive cellars boasting over 2500 wines. The mother and daughter run the café and full continental deli. When I asked the waitress if she was part of the family she said 'Yes, no, not the owners, but part of the work family'. I thought that said a lot about the place.
Deli- something for lunch or take away?
The family are proud to tell me they display and promote local artists. The artworks are changed every month and are for sale.
The all day breakfast has all the favourites and many unique dishes featuring local jams and Tasmanian salmon. You can have a breakfast from $5.50 or the veggie feast including 2 eggs, tomato, mushrooms, avocado, hash browns, baked beans on sour dough for $17.50. It's enough for two. There are healthy options, Vegan dishes and kid's meals.
I can personally recommend the freshly squeezed juices, hot chocolate, caramel slice, almond croissant and Californian cheesecake. My kind of breakfast! Even if you don't have children you have to buy the baby chino. They are decorated with marshmallow eyes and a strawberry topping mouth. Enough to make anyone smile.
It was a tad too early for wine tasting but I was diligent enough to do my homework anyway. Wine tastings are conducted on Fridays and Saturdays every fortnight. A tasting panel of family members select the best wines from the ones they enjoy the most. They feature Australian and imported wines. If you join the email list or Face book page you will be notified of the samples ahead of time. They also have a large internet business shipping wines all over Australia.
There is definitely something for everyone at Vines Café and Nillumbik Cellars. My only complaint is that it's too hard for someone like me to be discerning in a place like this. I collected the loyalty card as I know I will need to do many, many more samplings.