Even though there are many amazing cafes in Melbourne, , in Doncaster where we live in, there really aren’t many decent cafes, and the ones that are good are usually jam packed or close super early on the weekends *sigh*so it’s always hard to find of nice places to go for brunch when we don’t want to drive very far. That’s when I remembered seeing an Instagram pic of a Sticky Date Pudding Winnie (Eat Play Shop) posted of the Red Cup Cafe in Box Hill which is about a 20 minute drive ~
I’ve visited a few times and I know it doesn’t really have a great reputation on Urbanspoon as it is known for being ridiculously over-priced…I was surprised to find the food relatively pleasant especially the Sticky Date Pudding hehe :)
I went with Julz for our weekly brunch outing, since Mr Bao had to work ~ we got there at around 10:40am and it was already pretty full, however, still had a few empty tables. We quickly found parking and made our way to the front door, where we were greeted by a bubbly waitress. She was going to lead us into a table immediately, but was then pulled aside by her manager which instructed her that they were at their full kitchen capacity and was unable to serve any more customers. She was very professional and honest with us and said she wasn’t sure how long it was going take for us to get a table, and that we were welcome to sit outside and wait. I appreciated her honestly, and we decided to wait, it was only around a 10 minute wait before we were shown to our tables.
Starting with coffees, got my mocha and I agree with other bloggers and customers that $4.70 for a coffee is ridiculous and it really wasn’t worth it because it was watery and bland and stickily sweet even for me as they used a lot of chocolate syrup to give it that chocolate flavour.
Julz ordered a latte, once again not worth it and we could probably find better coffee at other cafes nearby, so I wouldn’t come here for the coffees which is a shame, because it would’ve been a better cafe with more decent coffees.
INSERT PIC – Bubble and Squeak $18.50 AUD
They have a pretty standard menu and the last couple of times I’ve visited, I’ve actually liked their homemade muesli with yoghurt and green apples on the side, but felt like something different and that’s when the ‘Bubble and Squeak’ caught my eye, baked potato and pumpkin topped with spinach, poached egg and hollandaise sauce. Couldn’t ask for something better, I love pumpkin! I can eat it all year round, every day and for every meal :D then spinach is another one of my favourite and poached eggs well that’s what I always want when I go to have brunch hehe ~
The first layer of the dish was the potatoes and pumpkin all mushed up together and baked with lots of butter and pretty sure with some cheese too ~ simply delicious! Now I can’t wait to try and make this dish at home too :) The egg was also cookies nicely, but if I was to be picky it was a tiny wincy bit overcooked ~ the hollandaise sauce was nice but a little too thick.
I think Eggs Benedict must have to be one of the most popular breakfast dishes :) So many of my friends order it when we go have brunch, especially Julz hehe but this Eggs Benny wasn’t really what we expected, on two thin but heavily buttered slices of sourdough lay two THICK chunky pieces of ham. I’m not even sure what type of ham it was, then it was topped with two poached eggs and a lot of hollandaise sauce. I had a bit to try and neither of us really liked the dish, the ham was simply too thick and didn’t match with the delicate poached eggs. This was definitely a bit of a disappointment.
Okay…I’ll confess…I didn’t just come to Red Cup Cafe because it was close :P I came because of their Sticky Date Pudding hahaha and boy am I glad I came :) I’m a huge fan of Sticky Date pudding and starting to freak out that cafes and restaurants aren’t going to serve it anymore because it’s now spring hehe anyway back to the pudding, it had the lovely soft and tender pudding texture, a decent amount of dates and the butterscotch sauce wasn’t too sweet (not that it bothers me) or thick. And even though the other dishes may have been overpriced, this was not for $8.50 you get a very large piece of pudding *Grins* definitely the highlight of the whole meal! Highly recommend it for all those sticky date lovers out there ;)
Overall, I have mixed feelings about Red Cup Cafe, on the one hand I do agree with other customers that it is quite overpriced compared to other cafes and not all their dishes are fantastic. But then if you consider the fact that it’s so close, it is a decent place for brunch and definitely Sticky Date pudding :P so if you live around the area and want to have some nice brunch food and don’t want to drive too far, I would give Red Cup Cafe a chance.