|friendly helpful staff and a cheery interior|
Mr P. and I wandered in and were promptly given a table. The helpful, friendly staffer informed us that counter orders were the go. Sadly this is the case just about everywhere you go these days. But aside from that quibble, the staff were all very obliging and friendly. And at least a couple were Italian by the sound of it. Perhaps a family business?
|blueberry smoothie $7|
We started with drinks, and having already overdosed on coffee, went for something a bit less dangerous. Mr P. opted for a smoothie which was fruity and fluffy and oh so blue. He really enjoyed it but said it was so cold it would suit a polar bear. You know how those super cold drinks kinda burn your throat out? But in a good way.
|chocolate monkey frappé $7|
The chocolate monkey frappé - who can resist a name like that? In it you will find banana, coffee, ice cream, chocolate and vanilla syrup. I found this a delightful drink, folks; it tasted of all those things and was icy and thick. It went down a treat and was very filling. Yep yep I know, the banana thing. But I seem to cope really well with them these days :=)
|Vito's fritters $18.50 + halloumi $4.50|
We both love a good fritter but they are a bit hard to find these days. Really they should be called pancakes, but even so Mr P. was a big fan of these. This was a colourful plate of zucchini and parmesan corn fritters with avocado, bacon, fetta, rocket and a balsamic reduction drizzled over. He liked that they had a goodly amount of vegetables - "plenty of corn" were his words. He found the balsamic reduction gave it a tangy hit, and was impressed with the depth of flavour.
|who killed my ultimate chicken burger? :=) $17.50|
I loved the caramelised onion here - it tasted home/house made. I am not usually a fan of breaded meats but this was great; there was lots of flavour and crunch and the coating was not too heavy. Sadly the chips were a bit limp so I let Mr P. help himself.
|hand crumbed chicken with cos and caramelised onion on brioche |
You can have your pick of all day breakfasts, panini, gourmet burgers, gourmet salads, pasta, and toasties. There is also a kids' menu for the littlies. Parking is easy, service is great and the food is flavoursome and filling, with a few surprises. Heaps of yummy mummies and gym junkies dropped in for takeaway coffee or lunch while we were there, so this is clearly a popular local spot with good reason.
|love this huge photo and the snazzy lights above the shops|