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World of Food Cafe

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by Clay Steele (subscribe)
Nutritionist & Life Coach Meeting all requirements to call myself so (i.e. none)
Published January 29th 2013
A cafe of the world
For people of my vintage the name 'World of Food' will no doubt conjure images of Babu Baht. In an episode of Seinfeld the unfortunate Mr Baht follows the advice of a standup comedian to adjust his restaurant's cuisine from world to his native Pakistani. This does not turn out well for Mr Baht.

World of Food is just about the only café style eatery in sleepy Murrumbeena (yes even glitzy bon vivants like myself have to slum it sometimes darling) so we thought we'd take a chance upon it. We were quite pleased we did.

Although entitled the World of Food the cuisine is mostly European. Given there are restaurants of Thai, Indian and Chinese persuasion a minute up the road there is no need for them to offer anything too exotic.

There's typical café fare there, pre-made cakes etc. and a specials board the size of a wall (saves printing menus I guess). They do it exceptionally well too. We ordered three meals and each one was a hit.

The moussaka (who every Greek will tell you was pinched by the Italians to make the more famous lasagne) was excellent. Generous allotments of meat in each layer and no apparent ill-effects from a long time under light evinced it was freshly made.



Meanwhile the calamari was perfectly cooked. Not too stringy and the batter crispy.

World of Food Calamari
Calamari


The Caesar salad was probably the best of three very pleasing courses. It had everything you could hope for in a Caesar: the gooshy poached egg, crispy croutons and bacon, and a delicious dressing. When they threw in the moist chicken breast at my request I was treated to what we could all pretend was a low-calorie meal. As we all know, calaries don't count when they make up a salad - just refer to McDonalds' Healthy Choices menu.

World of Food
Hail Caesar


So next time you're in Murrumbeena, and let's face it, who doesn't go to Murrmbeena? Make sure you drop in on the World Cafe. You'll wonder why on Earth you haven't before. it will open up a world of opportunities for you. You'll feel like you've been whirled off your feet.

Ahem, apologies my pun machine just broke down.
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Why? Why in the world not
When: Lunch
Where: The world, more specifically, Murrumbeena
Cost: $15-$25 a main
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