Piggery Cafe in Mount Dandenong – lunch


The venue is one of the highlights of Piggery Cafe.  Set in Mount Dandenong, close to the thousand steps and near the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, I’d wonder why more of us don’t stop by the Piggery Cafe for a bite to eat in between everything we could be doing here.  It was however a mixed experience.

The weather was great the day we went so we sat outside – it was rather smokey at times from their cooking right next to us at times though.

We ordered and shared most of the specials of the day:

The pea and ham hock soup was presented in the classical Vue way – pouring the liquid part of the soup at the table.  Taste wise the soup was pretty nice and I enjoyed the bread served with it (not surprising given they do sell bread here).

The wagyu burger is small but it’s priced nicely at $12 .  I think I liked the one at Grand Hotel more but they are different burgers I guess.  This one didn’t have enough tang to cut through the meat I found.

Their swordfish was great – fresh and well cooked.  It comes with a decent slab of fish on the plate and it’s served with bacon bits

The soft shell crab burger was excellent – I’d come back here for this one. The chips and the side of broccoli salad (I think it belonged to this dish – or was it the other fish…) were great.  The chips were rustic looking and nice and fresh.  They also serve a lobster roll which is on their main lunch menu for $19.

The most disappointing by far was the whole quail.  It wasn’t cooked in the center so yes – it didn’t taste that nice and it wasn’t pleasant to look at bloody pink bits of quail in the middle.  Should have been sent back except we had already been waiting around 30 minutes for our meal.

So a bit hit and miss but I’d still come back to Piggery Cafe – need to try their lobster roll and maybe their afternoon tea – at $25 it sounds like a steal.

 

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