Squirrel Cafe

23 Groom St
Clifton Hill, 3068
(03) 9489 2077

Squirrel Cafe

I have never done so many walking lunges or squats in my life and even though Finn and I had already been for coffee at Quince with the girls after Bay City Strollers, I still thought we deserved another cafe visit. Finn was nodding off in the pram so I decided on the Squirrel Cafe, a short walk from our exercise spot in the park.

Cute Squirrel logo

I love the Champagne bottles, makes you feel more fancy drinking water

There is nothing like sunshine to put you in a good mood and since it was so nice, we found a nice little spot outside and settled in. The waitress came and took my order and set up the outside umbrella, shading the sun out of our eyes. The breakfast menu consisted of a range of egg options including, “Fried Sprulings” (fried eggs on Turkish w/ basil mayo, avocado, tomato, lemon & oil) and “Roadkill Hangover” (eggs on Turkish, bacon, tomato, hash brown, spinach, mushrooms & tomato jam), as well as hotcakes on the specials menu. For the kiddies there is the usual mini scrambled eggs and toast. I felt like lunch so I chose the chicken, bacon and orange salad with balsamic reduction. I love it that more and more places are starting to incorporate orange into salads.

Orange, chicken & bacon salad w/ balsamic reduction

I was not disappointed. The chicken was moist and covered in herbs, it pulled apart in lovely stringy pieces. The bacon was crisp and the salad dressing intense but not too intense. Finn was still sleeping so I took the opportunity to do some writing. I felt relaxed and not pressured to leave or order more, there is nothing worse than pushy service. However, it did take a while for anyone to appear and ask if I wanted something else (I did) and when I did order they actually forgot to bring it but I think this was just an honest mistake and hasn’t ever happened before in the handful of times I have been there.

Iced-chocolate w/ caramel piece

Finally my ice-chocolate came and it looked wondrous. The best bit was the chewy chocolate coated caramel sitting on the edge of the glass. It was yummy until I got down the bottom and felt like I was sipping on the chocolate sauce bottle but at least all that topping hadn’t been mixed in as it would have been far too sweet.

Time to go home

Finn was awake again and it was time to go home for his nap. I admired the cakes on the way out and selected a lemon tart. I have had these before here and I can attest that they are perfectly lemon filled and delicious. Unfortunately it was cash only and I had only just enough to pay for lunch so I left the tart where it was. As there are no cash machines around I really think they should invest in an eftpost machine but maybe most people are better at remembering to get cash out than I am.

Selection of house-made baked goodies

On the whole a cute little cafe with homely food and a range of homemade cakes. The avocado with marsccapone, olive oil and lemon is another unusual winning combination.

Fashionably kitsch items are dotted around Squirrel

Not a whole lot of bells and whistles in the kids department as it is a little small for a change table or a lot of toys but there are some kids books and plenty of outdoor space for prams.

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