A cutesy café with a clean-cut façade and peppy awnings, Crabapple Kitchen lures diners with its windowsill of baked goods, enticing people into this European countryside-styled café.
Owner Greg Feck and partner Kim Coronica have created a menu inspired by their travels.
Using high quality Victorian produce, Greg—Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder and ex-sous chef for Jamie Oliver and Ben O’Donoghue—showcases his travels through food and decor.
The menu is extensive and considered, with breakfast, lunch and sharing items on offer. Dishes are simply outlined, with the different options reflecting the inspiration behind each.
Nostalgic features include; sepia photographs, exposed brick walls and pendant light fittings, carpet flooring and a fireplace. Forward-facing tables are perfect to people watch.
- Natural muesli, homemade blend of oats, Goji berries, raw almonds, cranberries, figs, apricots and puffed corn for $10 +Heilala vanilla yoghurt for $4.
- Myrtleford buttermilk pancakes with pears, salted pine nut and almond praline, orange blossom and vanilla mascarpone and pure Canadian maple syrup for $17.5 +bacon for $4
- Tunis Tunisia, slow cooked lamb shoulder with Tabil served with bulgur wheat pilaf and cucumber yoghurt for $28.5
Who is there?
The entry is bustling with students, couples, gal pals and groups.
Should you bother?
Efficient staff seat patrons, topping up water glasses and quickly clearing plates. Would I return? This romantic diner, which some may find a bit dark and poky, sits on my to re-visit list.
- 659 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
- 9078 5492
- Cuisine: Café/European
- Price: $15-$30
- Opens: Everyday, 7am-5pm; Friday night, 6pm-11.30pm