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Published August 28th 2015
No Need to drive to the city for a trendy bar & cafe
Having now had breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner at the Windy Mile I feel well qualified to review this city style bar and café in the leafy burbs of Diamond Creek. Previously this was the location of the well-known restaurant RD Ryan's, perched on the top of the hill as you head into Diamond Creek. At that time the restaurant was adorned with old time memorabilia.
Prior to that I believe that this restaurant was once a local butcher shop when this busy thoroughfare was just a dirt road with a couple of residents and businesses spotted along Diamond Creek Rd on the way to the Hurstbridge. This corner shop has now been totally renovated and refurbished as the Windy Mile. it is now a modern, popular classy bar and restaurant run by an enthusiastic family.
Two cosy open fires
The Windy Mile is now owned by Cathie and Brett Murphy and Linda and Dean Oakley. I admire Cathie for her ambition, drive and vision. She previously established a popular laser tag business. She has now moved into running a bustling bar and restaurant. I figure that if she can handle hyper, hungry and sugared up children at laser tag she can probably handle a few adults who have been sampling the cocktails.
This may be just me, but I think a lot of people would be interested in such a venture but lack the risk-taking disposition.
My interest in food and cafés has meant that I take a great deal of notice about how they are set up to welcome and maintain customers so that they enjoy the experience so much so that they can't wait to come back. At the Windy Mile there are several different types of spaces to suit all clientele. I personally like the little bar stools and the comfy stools in front of the open fill. I have sat at the bar stools and high tables which I enjoyed for a quick meal and I found the dining space well lit with natural light and not too noisy.
Modern, well lit and spacious
I am yet to experience the enclosed outdoor space but intend to try it one sunny day. I am not a big drinker but love the effect of the black and white tiles and the stunning silver accessories in the bar area. I think they have achieved a fabulous combination of intimate and open spaces to cater for everyone's needs.
A stunning bar area
Since opening day they have been flat out. If you want to go on a Friday or Saturday night or for Brekkie on Sunday, you are well advised to book ahead. The bar can be five deep with people especially when they have the popular musicians playing.
How good does this look?
Here are some of my recommendations:
For breakfast you will enjoy the porridge with fruit and almonds ($13). It is sweet with brown sugar but not overly sweet. It's a small size but satisfactory if you're not a big eater. The smashed avocado with Greek feta and sour dough is a winner. This was served with perfectly cooked eggs with tomato on the side ($17).
Eating brekkie out can be guilt free
There are quite a few cakes and biscuits to choose from for afternoon tea. I always find it very difficult to resist the cheesecake. This also was just the right size, and not too sweet. Most food is cooked fresh on-site, including the muffins, but some of the sweet treats are supplied by Terry's cakes. When I asked for the waitress's recommendation she said she had tried everything and loved all of them.
Cheesecake - MY signature dish
For a more substantial meal, if you were a meat lover, you might enjoy the shepherd's pie. It is served suit in an individual casserole dish with delicious mashed grade peas on the side. It is deceptively filling.
This may sound strange but I'm not much of a hot chip person but the Windy Mile's fat chips were deliciously crispy. I picked the wicked Cheese Quesidillas from the starter list. They were subtly spicy and were served with edible flowers.
Fat and crispy chippies
Every time I have been to the Windy Mile, my friends have also enjoyed their food selection. Normally it's pretty hard to satisfy everyone so I think that's a high recommendation.
This is no ordinary bar and local café. I have absolutely loved everything we have eaten and the experience. It's not often that I return regularly to any location but this is going to be one of my well-frequented local haunts. Say hello to Cathy - you are sure to be greeted with a warm smile and genuine conversation.