The Farm Cafe

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

The Farm Cafe is located within Collingwood's Children Farm near Farmer's market at Abbotsford Convent. You don't have to visit the farm to be able to go to the cafe, just walk via the shared bicycle and pedestrian path leads to The Farm Cafe. Pit and Tom Hay met long time a go at Collingwood's Children farm as a volunteer. Their love for coffee and the farm is the beginning of The Farm Cafe and they even got married in the paddock. The cafe is open air but some part of the cafe is undercover so if you don't like the sun that much, you'll still be able to enjoy the good weather under the shades. 

I came in on a 1pm sunny Saturday with a group of 8 and have to wait about 20-30min which was understandable. They provide you with a buzzer to let you know when your table is ready so you can walk around and enjoy the scenery.

Farmer's Breakfast - poached eggs, Berkshire bacon, pork sausages, potato cake, roasted mushrooms, tomato relish and toast ($19.5). This is their signature dish and it has a generous portions with a little bit of everything. I personally like the taste of the tomato chutney.

Swiss Brown Mushrooms - thyme roasted swiss brown mushrooms, on creamy soft polenta, goat's curd and poached eggs ($17.5). This dish needs improvement in the presentations department. The polenta was so soft and creamy.

Mushroom Pie - mushrooms, roasted chestnuts and white wine served with potato salad, greens and tomato relish ($14.5). The pastry was well made, filling was generous and tasty. It was delicious.

Eggs and Bacon - poached free ranges eggs, Berkshire bacon, tomato relish and toast ($13.5). The eggs was made perfectly but the toast was a bit too tough.

Specials: Smoked Chicken Hot Roll - smoked chicken, smoked ham, marjoram caper mayo, pickled fennel and cucumber, provolone cheese, served on hot turkish bread ($16.5). The ingredients works well together but nothing really memorable.

I'm a fan of a good Scones with jam and cream ($6.5) and I like their crispy scones with soft inside. The cream was fine but they need to improved their jam.

Frozen apple juice ($4.8). This is something you don't see that often at a cafe and I love it. It was refreshing and perfect for summers. If you want something just as fresh but not as much ice, they also have Fresh orange juice ($5.5). If you prefer coffee, they also served a decent cup of coffee.

Warning it can be very busy on a sunny day especially with family and kids. If you don't like noisy, screaming children or animals, this is not a place for you. Great news for family with kids, this place is perfect for you. After or before your lunch, you can visit the farm to play the animals and the farmer markets around the corner. Another plus point is they provide kids menu.

Overall food prices is very reasonable, all dish below $20 with the ingredients are fresh, organic, free-range, homegrown from the farm itself or local produces. The Farm Cafe is a unique experience and the staff are all friendly and attentive. The only let down on summer days there might be flies and wasps flying around.

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Monday-Sunday: 9am-4pm

The Farm Cafe
18 St Helier St
Abbotsford, VIC 3067