It's been a long time since I was last at Cafe Vue, indeed, I was there 15 months ago for my first day of work and haven't been back since. The menu has changed (although not by much) and the space is a bit bigger, but otherwise, it's just as I remembered it - good coffee and better food than you'd expect (even if it is a little expensive).
The coffee is a special roast by 5 Senses, made specifically for the Vue restaurants. I can't say that it was any better or worse than the standard 5 Senses blends, but if it does take your fancy, I know it's available for sale in 250g packs.
|Vue Coffee by 5 Senses|
Having never been to Cafe Vue before, my friend decided to order the Cafe Vue Lunch Box to try a bit of everything.
|Cafe Vue Lunch Box|
I was tossing up between the Burnham Beeches seasonal salad, and the Roast Pumpkin, Merideth Fetta, and rocket salad. The seasonal salad was tempting with its promise of farm-fresh produce, varying daily, but ultimately, I couldn't go past the combination of pumpkin and Fetta. Even without trying the seasonal salad, I think I made the right choice.
|Roast Pumpkin, Merideth Fetta, and Rocket Salad|
Compared to the daintiness of the lunch box, this salad looked absolutely massive! The fetta was beautifully creamy, and the pumpkin a touch sweet, while the rocket lent a slight bitterness to the dish. The many textures and flavours in the dish kept things interesting, and I didn't miss having any sort of meat.
Even though it's slightly more expensive than many other cafes in the city, it's still a nice place to go during a work lunch break, although service can be a touch slow so perhaps give Cafe Vue a miss if you're on a tight schedule.
430 Little Collins St, Melbourne