Restaurant Review #1 – Claremont Cafe, Malvern
- Food Breakfast and Lunch
- Where 5 Claremont Avenue, Malvern 3147
- Phone 03 9500 1504
- Cost B $5.50-$13, L $6-$15, Drinks $3.20-$6, Misc $4.50-$6 Unlicensed
- Owner Carolyn and Alan Markham
- Service Good
- Vegetarian Yes
- Outdoors Yes
- Seats 25
- Bookings Yes
- Noise Low
- Parking Ample street parking
- Wheelchairs No
- Cards MC, Visa and EFTPOS
- Hours Mon-Fri 7am-6pm, closed on weekends and Public Holidays
Score: 1-9: Unacceptable. 10-11: Just OK, some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Trully excellent. 18: Outstanding. 19-20: Approaching perfection, Victoria’s best.
FEELS LIKE HOME TO ME
For the last three years, I walked by this cafe every day on the way to work and never actually stepped into it. One day as I walked home and smelt the freshly brewed coffee, I was curious and finally gave in. As I stepped into this quaint little cafe, the first thing I that struck me was how the friendly the staff were. They were genuinely interested in how my day went and after a couple of visits, they knew exactly who I was and how I wanted my coffee or meal served up.
It is located near Malvern train station and is only a walk away from the busy Glenferrie road shopping strip. It is the only cafe on this avenue and therefore is a great location for those living nearby. The owners come and go frequently and you will definitely see either one of them walking around talking to their customers as if they were long time friends.
A major draw card of this cafe is the consistency of the coffee and meals served. The serving size of their breakfast and lunch meals took me by surprise as it was never short of anything but wholesome goodness. You could tell straight away that everything here was made from scratch and definitely with love. Not only is it love for their customers but respect for the produce that they cook with.
From what I gathered after speaking to staff, some of the menu items came from meals cooked at home in the Markham family. The children’s menu consists of items that Carolyn’s mother Wendy had cooked for her as a child, of which Soldiers with ham and cheese is most popular.
Up to today, my favourite breakfast menu item is the Avocado with roasted tomatoes, feta served on toasted rye (with added mushrooms). At only $10 (additional for the mushrooms), the large white plate is stacked to the brim and it will definitely not leave you broken hearted.
If you are after something heartier, then perhaps the Lean beef burger with crispy bacon, fried onion, fresh tomato slices, lettuce, homemade aioli and tomato relish would be the one to go for. This burger tower served within a foccacia bun is one of the most popular menu items served up each day. At a bargain price of $13.50, you will definitely enjoy each mouthful down to the last drop of sauce on the plate.
Eventhough the menu may not be as extensive as some other cafes in the area, the cooks at Cafe Claremont does every item on that menu justice. From their daily homemade sandwiches to moorish quiches and hearty soups, there is a range large enough for every taste bud and dietary requirement. The food is unpretentious and the produce speaks for itself without all the usual unnecessary garnishes.
Cafe Claremont uses a Brazilian blend from Grinders Coffee which aroma fills the cafe when it is freshly ground. One of my favourite beverages is the Arkadia cinnamon chai latte which is made to perfection by the experienced baristas at Cafe Claremont.
The service is sometimes slow when they are busy during lunch but they handle themselves very well and there is always a smile on their face regardless of how stressed they may feel inside. The staff seem to have a keen sense of what they are doing at all times and have this uncanny connection with their customers. This attention to detail and genuine interest is one that guarantees return customers be it rain or sunshine. The cafe decor is inviting, cozy and warm especially on a cold rainy day and even on a hot summer’s day.
They recently started a new range of products ‘Too tired to cook’ and it is targeted at those who are in desperate need for some wholesome good food for dinner. It ranges from pies, lasagne, caseroles to quiches and soups. All at affordable prices.
This is definitely the place to be if you are longing for some friendly company and great food. I believe that life is too short to eat mediocre food and you will definitely feel very at home at this cafe I call my second home.