REVIEW by Michelle Pini
Published in Warrandyte Diary
ON any given lunchtime, chances are Warran Glen Nursery Café will be buzzing with regulars and out-of-towners, enjoying casual food, strolling through the gardens or browsing the giftware.
With five acres of gardens set alongside a babbling brook, landscaping ideas designed to inspire, a refined homeware and gift collection and easy café ambience, it is a Warrandyte destination.
In the lush garden setting, the regulars are usually found at their favourite tables, either out on the balcony overlooking the creek, in the toasty indoor garden-room, or strategically seated by the outdoor Thomas the Tank playground for easy supervision of younger patrons.
Café staples include eggs, bagels, quiches, wraps and salads and the institutionalized focaccia range. Manager Deb Ranieri says with a laugh, “The last time we tried to give focaccia a break from the menu, we almost had a riot!”
There are weekly specials with more substantial fare ranging from curries to fresh seafood offerings. A winter-warming confit of duck risotto is flavoursome and satisfying; or try crumbed veal atop roasted capsicum with roast potato wedges and Napoli sauce.
An extensive display of cakes and desserts (including gluten free options) made fresh on site is a ploy to tempt diners to linger. Of course, with the easy ambience and the kids entertained, this is not difficult to do.
- Warran Glen Café is fully licensed and open every day from 9am to 4.30pm.The nursery is open between 8.30am and 5pm seven days a week. For bookings or further information phone 9844 3027 or visit www.warranglen.com.au .