Fo0die dined as a guest of Shanklin Cafe and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
We arrived at the 16 month old venue (at the time we dined) and found parking on one the side streets which had no parking limit on both a Saturday and Sunday.
We approached the Victorian era terrace style venue which was named ‘Shanklin’ when it was first built. No question where the name of the cafe came from!
From the outside, we could see that the venue was narrow. The venue has made the most of their space with their outdoor courtyard right at the front which has heaters and a retractable roofing. (tip: on a cold windy day, make sure to rug up! Beanie and all as the area catches the wind).
Walking through the courtyard and to the entrance, the counter is on the left with the seating arranged in an L shape around the counter.
The menu folds open and reveals a good variety of dishes that is sure to meet majority of people’s preferences (there’s even a section for the little ones).
Starting with our drinks, Mr J’s matcha was served with the sweetener on the side and presentation wise, it looked beautiful. Shanklin Cafe’s matcha is a little grassier and a little on the bitter side. My mocha was more coffee than chocolate.
Mr J had the mushroom dish and everything on the plate was well seasoned; from the mushrooms through to the capsicum. The dish had a good variety of textures and flavours.
The baked eggs dish was presented beautifully with edible blooms on top (most beautiful baked egg we’ve seen) and a lovely tomato based sauce which didn’t taste like it was just the normal standard tomato sauce you could get from a bottle. The dish was warm and perfect for the weather on the day we dined (which was pretty cold and windy!).
One of the venue’s most popular dish is the nutella stuffed pancake where a dollar is donated to One Plate (not that we needed an excuse to order the pancakes!). With a good amount of nutella, a lovely crust at the bottom of the pancakes and three generous scoops of ice cream, we enjoyed indulging in the dish.
With a strong focus on honest food and genuine service, the team must be ticking all the right boxes with their clientele as Shanklin Cafe was recently named as the highest rated cafe on Zomato in Melbourne.
Dishes that make up this review
- Portobello mushroom; panko crumbed with zaatar spice, romesco sauce, roasted capsicum, spinach, halloumi topped with two poached eggs and chilli oil ($23)
- Baked eggs shakshuka; red peppers, cherry tomato, chorizo and goat cheese served with sourdough ($22)
- Nutella stuffed pancakes; strawberries, grilled banana and oreo crumble served with vanilla ice cream ($22)
- Matcha latte ($6)
- Mocha ($4.50)