430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC
(03) 9691 3899
I met the lovely Kat from spatulaspoonandsaturday for the first time for a quick lunch one weekday at Cafe Vue. After various comments on each other blogs and communication through Twitter, we thought it was time to meet up!
Café Vue has been labelled the “people’s Vue” as the prices are much more affordable that its older sibling Vue De Monde. As the name suggests, Café Vue is a café serving up breakfast and lunch items. It is located on Little Collins Street, in between Queen and Elizabeth Streets. The café is very small and doesn’t take bookings so there might be a bit of a wait.
We were lucky enough to get a table right away and perused the menu. They were still serving breakfast so you had a choice of a number of breakfast items ranging from toasted sourdough for $3 to a ham & egg jaffle $6.50. There was also a selection of lunch items with the most expensive thing being the wagyu beef pie at $12.
The Café Vue lunchbox sounded like an excellent way to sample a few different things and seemed good value for $15 so I went with that. It consisted of a starter, a salad, a savoury and a sweet. The starter was a red pepper gazpacho served in a plastic espresso cup. I’m not a fan of capsicum so I didn’t like this. It tasted like an oily but diluted red pepper sauce. The salad was a potato and smoked trout salad. It was okay but the potatoes were perhaps a bit overcooked.
The savoury was a pork and coleslaw wrap that was about one third of the size of a normal wrap. The pork was pretty plain and it had lettuce and beanshoots. The wrap would have fallen apart if I tried to pick out the beanshoots so I left them and ate the wrap (yes, shock horror!). The best part of the lunchbox was the chocolate macaroons – beautifully chocolatey!
Kat got the roast wagyu beef with Yorkshire pudding and gravy. It was a small serve, but everything was good. I had never had a Yorkshire pudding before and I really liked it! The mash was delicious but there wasn’t enough of it. The beef was still rare and pretty tasty.
Overall: This particular lunchbox was a bit disappointing, but apparently it changes every month so the next one might be better. I quite liked Kat’s roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Most things on their menu are under $10 and even though the serves are slightly small, it is definitely a step up from food court establishments without the price step up.
Would I return? Probably, though not for the same lunchbox. I saw some other things on the menu that I would like to try. I would try another lunchbox if they changed it and the selection of items appealed to me.
Over & Out, Rilsta xx