Enter the Green Refectory Café and you will see plates of lemon slice and hedgehog. Along the top of the counter are more plates of cake – orange poppy seed and lemon yoghurt. Then at the end of the counter is a display cabinet full of cake: passionfruit sponge, jelly cakes, strawberry sponge, vanilla slices, carrot cake, and three cheesecakes. This is a place that is serious about its cakes.
Lentil as Anything, I might have enjoyed it more. But I made a decent effort and then E and Will happily polished it off between them.
My one complaint is the difficulty in finding the name of the cafe. For ages I thought it must have been called Illy because there is a big Illy sign, but that is just a brand of coffee. There is a little box in the window with ‘Green’ written on it. But when I searched the web, I found it is called The Green Refectory.
Green Refectory Cafe
115 Sydney Road
Melway Map Ref: 29 G9
03 9387 1150
Update 2015: I have updated the photos with one of a lovely chocolate muffin and one of a satisfying bean, mushroom and feta pie that I had last year and are much clearer photos. As well as the pie, I have really enjoyed their vegan sausage rolls that can be found at the cafe or the sister Green Refectory pop up cafe down the road. I have left the original photos in the post but as they were taken within a couple of months of starting this blog their quality is less impressive. Update 2018 - The pop up cafe is closed but the vegan sausage rolls were also available at the 115 Sydney Rd cafe so I hope they still sell them there but haven't been there in some time.