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Published October 12th 2015
More Carrots Than Bugs Bunny Could Eat
Try not to get too distracted by the desserts
We'd been to the other Vorea in Bundoora near the outlets and we were all happy with our generous and delicious meals so I was keen to try Vorea at Polaris. Both Voreas have a prime location at the front of new shopping centres on main roads and are easy to locate. Both have outdoor dining and modern indoor styling with large screen TVs and music playing. Both cafes have the biggest, most decadent desserts and an array of French macarons in more colours than a rainbow. However the menu varies so you need to try both.
Right near La Trobe Uni In the old Laurundal precinct, Vorea @ Polaris is in a growing and thriving little shopping centre with apartments above cafes and shops amongst a popular, rapidly developing housing estate. Despite the fact this is right near the university, I noticed that most visitors were in business suits or much older than the average student age. When I inquired about this the waitress replied that most university students were poor and couldn't afford to eat here. My second question revealed that she was a student herself.
It's sad but true that my mother knows all the cafés around and it was because of her recommendation that we went to Vorea in the first place. The name means north I guess, because each of the cafés is in the northern suburbs.
Why isn't this the most popular meal?
My mum said the two favourite dishes that her friend always buys are the linguine at $18.90 and the steamed prawn dumplings… a steal at $9.50.
Within 100 metres of Vorea, there are many cafes including a dumpling shop and other Asian restaurants. If I were living here it'd be hard to get the motivation to cook.
That's one serve of bruschetta!
I have to warn you that the serving sizes are very large. I think they are way to big for females. I saw a man's meal that must have had three full cups of carrots piled high with other vegetables and fish on his plate. My mom and I chose entrées. Even the entree-sized bruschetta had four slices of bread. I really enjoyed the zucchini and haloumi fritters($14) which were freshly cooked and perfectly crispy on the outside. They were soft and tasty on the inside and unlike anything I had tried before.
Zucchini and haloumi fritters with a yoghurt based dip
If you take kids, you can buy the them brekky from $8.50. Believe it or not they have 22 different breakfast selections starting at $12.90 for bacon, eggs and sourdough. The big breakfast is really big at $20.90 and includes a scotch fillet steak, fried eggs, hash browns, caramelised onion on sourdough bread. Other breakfast includes the usual muesli, pancakes, omelettes, and my favourite smashed avocado.
Vorea also have a large lunch and dinner menu including salads, pasta, and risottas from $17.50- $23.90. The gnocci at Voreas in Bundoora was sensational (with enough leftovers for lunch). I should add that the meals came very fast. I wasn't keeping time but it would be would have been no more then five or so minutes.
Leave room for dessert
A new Vorea is opening in Lower Plenty soon and will be featuring pizza. That's the next new café on my list to try.