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Friday, 12 February 2016
The Glass Den: Coburg cafe
market in Pentridge.)
In fact I have been visiting previous cafes here since 2009. When Sylvia was 3 months old we went here when it was Cafe Della Rosa. I had mothers group meetings here because there was so much space for prams. And I have been here for coffees with friends from time to time previous to this year. In fact I had a superb savoury muffin here one day last year.
Since our first visit we have had so many occasions where something has been forgotten. I have forgotten my camera, my purse, Sylvia's shoes. Then we met friends there recently who had forgotten the documents they were bringing us.
Banana Blossom Tom Yum Salad. It was on the specials board and had chili, rocket, red onion, carrot, enoki mushrooms, toasted coconut, bean shoots, and coriander. My mum loved it.
quinoa and seeded loaf and packed with with roasted pumpkin, zucchini, roasted capsicum, tomato jam, beetroot and rocket. My memory is poor and my note taking is worse. It seemed quite expensive for a vegetable sandwich at about $15 and yet it was very very good.
Our serve surprised me because it had changed slightly and now they come with grilled banana, jackfruit, lotus root compote, maple syrup, toasted coconut, taro chips, & coconut mousse. I confess I am not so into tropical fruit. I enjoyed the taro chips and coconut and even the banana. The lotus root compote was like it was candied and quite interesting. I am not into cream so the coconut mousse was pushed to the side. I was not such a fan of the jackfruit. But this was the first time I have had jackfruit and I always tell sylvia it takes 20 tastes to learn to like something new so maybe I just need more jackfruit in my life. Sylvia was happy to just eat the hotcakes..
On this occasion we met up with friends who brought along a school kid and a baby. They were impressed by the coffee, the food and that there was plenty of space to park a stroller. The place has interesting details for kids to look at too. Apparently there is a toy box so must check if that is still there.
Once fun sight was the old red telephone. However it has recently disappeared. I once saw a waiter answer the phone there. Then when I asked where it was gone I was told too many people had thought it actually worked. So I am confused.
It was $22 for the Biggy, plus $4 for the almond feta. Not cheap but worth paying to have a brunch so filled with vegies and coconut bacon and almond feta. (Please take note other cafes!) On the weekend we were chatting to the waitress who told us they had had to put up the prices for avocado dishes because the price of avocados had risen so steeply locally.
The Biggy was so good I could dedicate a whole post to it. However I will just say that it is interesting that when the menu first was available on leaves of brown paper on a clipboard it included chorizo and bacon with an option of carrots and smoked coconut instead. Now it is written on clean white laminated menus and offers chorizo and bacon as alternative options. I also had the avocado instead of the eggs.
For more beautiful photos and reviews, also check out Veganopoulous and Where's the Beef.
The Glass Den
15 Urquhart Street, Coburg
(03) 9354 5032