Fo0die dined as a guest of Miss Pryor and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Located on Pryor Street, the 6 month old venue is appropriately named Miss Pryor. Literally opposite Eltham train station and within Eltham village shops, there’s no doubt that the venue is in a very convenient location for locals wanting to do their grocery shopping and then drop in for a coffee and meal.
We visited on a weekday during the holiday break and parking wasn’t too hard to find from the range of 1P and 2P parking that was available servicing the village shops.
On entry, the counter and coffee counter with a small display of sweets is on the right hand side and the dining area is on the left.
The dining area is made up of large communal tables along with smaller tables which can be put together to form larger tables. This area is naturally lit thanks to the venue maximising on their prime corner location with floor to ceiling windows on two sides of the venue.
The decor of the venue is a soothing muted sea green combined with white and brown colours and two neon pink signs. On one wall is a beautiful floral, butterfly image which is complemented by different textures of wood and tiles throughout the venue.
The menu is nicely set out with information captions throughout the menu explaining ingredients in the dish that may be uncommon. We appreciated this thoughtful addition as often we’ve had to google ingredients on the menu that we were unfamiliar with.
The venue has an all day menu but also offers a section where you can make your own brekky. There are burgers, a kids menu and quite a large variety of drinks, from the usual coffee and tea to French soda drinks to smoothies to milkshakes to bottled cold pressed juices to granita.
For our visit we focused on the dishes available from their all day menu.
Coffees weren’t very strong in coffee aroma and there was some confusion when ordering a large. The menu stated ‘in a mug’ but we were told we’d have to have it in a takeaway cup so we opted out and had a normal sized coffee. Smoothie was refreshing and sweet.
The mushroom medley is served on a toasted fluffy soft brioche. Mushrooms were seasoned, not overly strong on the mushroom flavour and went well with the nicely toasted brioche which Mr J didn’t enjoy the soft fluffy texture whereas Ms Jae did not mind the texture (so it really comes down to personal preference). Mr J recommends adding the spinach as an extra to add a bit of extra something to the dish.
Fritters are served in a pancake style, filled with zucchini, corn and peas and very little batter; the kind of ingredients to batter ratio that we prefer and enjoy. We couldn’t pick that halloumi as an ingredient in the fritters. We loved that the fritters were served with a relish that was very appetising and a slight spiciness to the dish.
If you’re after the hotcake, it does take 15 minutes to make and could potentially be a little longer if the venue is busy with other orders. The hotcake was large, thick and had a cake texture to it and a little dry but was cooked through. Maple syrup is served on the side which allowed us to have more or less on top of our hotcake which was not too overly sweet and therefore the maple syrup went nicely with it.
Clearly a favourite of the locals, the venue was very busy when we visited with some who are clearly frequent visitors.
Dishes that make up this review
- Mocha ($4)
- Decaf latte ($4)
- Berry bliss; milk, mixed berries, apple juice with crushed ice ($8.50)
- Porcini mushroom medley; a selection of sauteed porcini, forest, field mushrooms, poached egg, topped with house marinated Danish feta served on toasted brioche ($18)
- Zucchini corn and halloumi fritters with soft poached egg, cumin spiced yoghurt, Moroccan chick peas and kasundi pickle ($20)
- Vanilla bean hot cake with raspberry mascarpone, freeze dried berries, toasted seeds, lemon balm topped with pistachio Persian fairy floss and organic maple syrup ($19)