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Yarra Valley Soul Cafe

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published September 26th 2020
Life's too short 4 crappy coffee
coffe sign
How true.

With many cafes closing, some forever, this is a new one opening.

Cafe shop
The welcoming exterior.

Just over a month ago, Sofia and Con opened their Yarra Valley Soul Cafe in William Street East, Lilydale. It's purely takeaway, providing coffee, teas, pies pasties, muffins, slices, sandwiches and much more.

food displays
Ready to go.

Their lunchtime speciality is BBQ steak subs and homemade meatball subs.

meat ball sub.
Preparing a meatball sub.

meatball sub.
The finished product.

For a small shop, there is a huge variety of items to satisfy any palate. A quick look at the three blackboard menus confirms it.

blackboard menu
One of the blackboard menus.

A 'tradie pie' was a new variety of pie to me – beef, bacon and cheese; well the name was new to me.

blackboard menu
More goodies.

The three varieties of muffins looked particularly delicious, as did the large chocolate chip cookies.


almond shortbreads.
Sofia with a tray of almond shortbreads.

Any of their take-away meals can be heated up for you or supplied in a suitable container to enjoy in your own domain.

Spaghetti and meatballs.
Spaghetti and meatballs.

spag bolognese
spag bolognese.

take away meal
Ready to go.

On one of my visits, I tested the barista skills of Sofia (give her a medal). My coffee was accompanied by a melting moment cookie, one of my favourites. It would have to be the most delicious one I have tasted.

Coffee coming up.

You won't go thirsty there as they have two coffee menus, a tea menu (14 varieties), hot chocolate and a good range of soft and health drinks.

drinks menu.
Drinks menu,

Ever heard of a Beef Steak Bar? Neither have I, but you can get one here. It is a chargrilled original slow-smoked dried and seasoned beef bar. Made in New Zealand; no wonder it's a large bar to fit that description on it.

Beef steaks
There's beef steak bars in there somewhere.

Beef sticks is a more conventional option along with jams.

beef sticks & jams.
Beef sticks & jams.

There are many displays of 'extras', such as coconut pumpkin soup, Paleo bars and Vege Crisps.

Many extras here.

Another item that looked tasty was a cheese platter made up by Sofia, while me and my camera droolingly watched.

Cheese platter.
Cheese platter.

Further perusal revealed carrot and pepita flats and grissini sticks.

The Soul Cafe is only a small part of what will be a well-being centre with a hairdressing, massage, make-up, day spa treatment, nails, flowers, candles and gifs services - all under the one roof.

Although not yet open, the items in the window display in the next door, soon to be a hairdresser can be purchased via the cafe.

Opening hours are: Monday to Wednesday. 7.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Thursday & Friday: 7.00 am – 5.00 pm.
Saturday & Sunday: 7.00 am – 3.00 pm.
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Phone: 8736-8468
Where: 8 William St. East, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. D.5.
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I love your title Neil, life is too short for crappy coffee!😊
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 24 days ago
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