The menu of this cafe and bakery is an all-day one and features a good range of dishes from mince on toast with a poached egg to crepes, eggs benedict and porridge, along with a good selection of sides to boost your meal. In addition, there are cabinets groaning with homemade pies, salads, savoury goodies and a very impressive
collection of freshly baked sweets and slices.
The look is a bit retro, with an eclectic mix of chairs and tables outside on what used to be the forecourt of this ex-service station and a large communal table inside. There's nothing fancy but it is very welcoming and a place you'd happily relax for an hour or two.
We ordered eggs benedict with bacon ($17.50) from the menu and the superfood salad (haloumi, spinach, pumpkin, seeds) from the cabinet. The eggs benedict was a bit slow to arrive but was worth waiting for with a big helping of bacon and jug of great hollandaise on the side. The salad was light, tasty and a big helping for just $5. For a sweet treat, we had Christmas tree shortbread ($3) and a slice of the best rocky road ($4).
The coffee was spot-on. The long black came with a side jug of hot water to adjust the strength if we liked, while the trim latte was hot, creamy and delicious.
The service was a little bit scattered but kind of suited a laid-back Sunday. The staff are very friendly and didn't mind us taking our time to decide on our order.
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Overall, Avondale is well served by Salvation Kitchen with its terrific coffee, relaxed atmosphere and good food. If you're in the neighbourhood, make sure you visit. Time it with a trip to the Sunday Avondale markets just down the road.