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Published October 21st 2014
A Place To Drop In For Coffee
I had an hour to kill before an appointment and thought I'd find a little coffee shop. I was surprised that so few were open. I liked the look of the outdoor area of Zanetti's, they had lots of special boards on display and a quick look inside revealed several customers reading papers, meeting friends and business associates, some mums with toddlers and people waiting for take away coffee. With the range of customers and seating options I thought it would be a pretty safe bet.
This carrot cake actually has roasted carrots on it
In the time I was there were many customers that came and went. The waitress told me it was a quiet day but there always seemed to be someone at the take away coffee machine and some regulars greeted each other by name.
I was actually surprised how big this Café, Bar and Restaurant was. It goes a long way back off the road and in my exploration I came across a chef singing like no one could hear him. That's not a bad review of his abilities rather it is a comment on his happiness and another indication to me that this was a good choice.
I was barely seated when a waitress appeared with a bottle of water. I reflected on the fact that this does not occur as often as it used to in cafes. She asked me if I would like a coffee or tea to start. On this day my order was only hot chocolate it came with two marshmallows, which would be a real treat for my children.
Hot chocolate with marshmellows
I also noticed that brekkie was available until 2 PM. There were items on the menu from $4.90 and the most expensive breakfast plate was the big breakfast which includes two free range eggs, bacon, sausage, sautéed mushrooms, roasted tomato, spinach and home-made relish for $17.90.
For $2.50 extra all meals can have gluten-free bread. The lunch included pides for $15.50 and expected meals such as dips and salads. Sides such as fries were $17.90.
Who can resist fresh baklava?
Dinner is also served at Zanetti's with the most expensive item being the Black Angus porterhouse for $32. There was a nice range of pasta, risotto, and pizza and kids' meals were $9.90.
If you were meeting for coffee it would be hard to resist the variety of decadent cakes. To my delight there were lots of chocolate options and a few unique cakes and biscuits. If I hadn't eaten leftover chocolate-layered mousse cake for four days in a row these would definitely have been on my radar.
Perfect for sweet tooths
On Monday to Friday nights Zanetti's offers specials such as Monday night pasta $17. On Tuesday all steaks with wine or a soft drink are only $25. The Wednesday special is any pizza for $15. On Thursdays they serve chicken Parmas or burgers and chips for $18.
Zanetti's is a licensed restaurant that provides high chairs and caters for families.
As I left I noticed that the waitress was delivering a pot of tea and a bottle of water to a local shop owner. The waitress had been very patient with my questions and even obliged with a photo. Again I thought this was perhaps an old traditional service that has been lost overtime. But not lost on Zanetti's. You'll find them at the city end of the Ivanhoe shops not far from the supermarket.