The Convent Bakery
1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC
(03) 9419 9426
Prices: Breakfast menu $8-$15, lunch menu $8-$12
The past weekend was a busy one. It started with the food bloggers Spring picnic (where I made blue cupcakes to bring along), then Mr M & Mrs S’s baby shower in the afternoon (where I also made blue cupcakes), followed by a family birthday dinner… and that was all just Saturday! We were babysitting our nephew on Sunday afternoon, followed by another family dinner so we wanted to make the most of the beautiful weather and have lunch somewhere outdoors.
We’ve never been to the Abbotsford Convent Bakery before so we were pleasantly surprised to see such a lovely and relaxed setting. The Convent Bakery and Café is located within the grounds of the old Abbotsford Convent, which is right next to the Collingwood Children’s Farm. The café has both a breakfast menu and a lunch menu but we were feeling more like lunch.
Hubby got the steak sandwich, which was served in a long, soft foccacia with aioli, caramelised onions and mixed salad leaves. It also came with a side of chips. The serve was huge for only $12!
I got the chicken burger, which was also served in the same long foccacia. It was a marinated chicken thigh fillet with aioli, guacamole and mixed salad leaves and also came with a side of chips.
Whenever I order a burger at a pub or restaurant, I always find it too big for me, so I normally leave behind the “lid” (the top of the bun). The good thing was that the aioli was on the bottom side of the bun but I found it disappointing that the chicken fillet only filled up half the bread. I’m an “edger” so I like the filling in my burgers and sandwiches to go all the way to the edges!
I was tempted to pick up some of the wonderful looking cakes and pastries from the bakery, but I think I used up my next week’s sugar quota with all the cakes I ate on Saturday!
Overall: Abbotsford Convent Bakery is a great location for a relaxed outdoor breakfast / brunch / lunch and it’s very reasonably priced. It is also family and pet friendly, with entertainment on the front lawn for the kids. I’ll be back and shall try some of the sweet treats next time.
Over & Out, April xx