Type of Venue: Cafe
Cuisine: Modern Australian food
Highly Recommended: Panko Crumbed Eggs, Smoothies
A new cafe from the owners of Heidelberg’s The Trainyard, Clayton & Me offers a delectable haven for those local to the Reservoir area. Located along a strip of retail shops and local bakeries, there is nothing spectacular about its venue design other than the spacious interior that can be observed through the front glass windows. Walk inside, and the warm tones emanating throughout this open-spaced cafe will make you feel immediately welcome and relaxed.
Being a local cafe, they cater equally well to local office workers arriving for a meeting, as they do mums coming in with young kids and prams. This versatility in their offering is something which makes them unique to other cafe’s in the surrounding areas. Continue through to the back courtyard where a separate undercover seating area is found, as is a white wall painted with a child-friendly rhino, indicating their playful nature when it comes to kids.
The open-aired kitchen encourages delicious aromas to waft throughout the cafe, enticing customers to order their Slow Cooked Lamb Wrap after smelling the rich meat being cooked in the back. For options to quench your thirst, the menu lists teas, smoothies, milkshakes, super shakes, soda’s, fresh juices and cold pressed juices, as well as the usual hot drink offerings, with a variety of milk options, including soy, almond, coconut and lactose-free.
(blueberries, banana, chia, honey and almond milk)
One of their most popular dishes, the Panko Crumbed Eggs are impressively stacked high, sitting atop toasted sourdough, fried kraut and house smoked pulled pork, doused in deliciously zingy house made hollandaise. Perfectly crispy panko crumbed eggs reveal softly gooey yolk inside, which oozes down the edible tower much like a slow waterfall. Moreishly tender strands of smoked pulled pork only need a touch more seasoning to further enhance the flavours of the dish.
Panko Crumbed Eggs ($19.00)
For a quick sit-down or take-away lunch option, the Slow Cooked Lamb Wrap is convenient and delicious. Wrapped inside pita bread with Greek salad and tzatziki, it is accompanied by well-fried sweet potato chips and a mayo dipping sauce. Delivering a flavoursome meal, I would suggest filling the wrap with more salad to balance out the chunks of meat, as well as adding more tzatziki sauce to avoid the meat from drying out.
Slow Cooked Lamb Wrap ($18.00)
To finish on a sweet note, Ricotta Hotcakes are topped with a burnt marshmallow chocolate sauce, maple syrup and strawberry fairy floss. Presenting beautifully with a delicious-sounding combination of ingredients, the cutely miniature size of the hotcakes on this occasion was soon revealed to be due to a lack of rise of the batter when cooked, resulting in thin and stodgy hotcakes upon cutting into them. We also did not find any maple syrup on the plate despite the dish’s description… nevertheless, the use of savoury ricotta cheese is a clever idea to cut through the rich flavours of the chocolate sauce.
Ricotta Hotcakes ($16.00)
Combining versatility in their customer appeal with friendly interactions from staff, Clayton & Me is a welcome addition to the local area. The all-day menu includes some great options for a whole meal or light snack, though some teething issues indicate that more consistency is needed in the execution of their products. However, I have no doubt that with their positive and openly receptive attitude towards customer feedback, they will continue to improve, soon becoming the go-to cafe destination for the local population.
Note: I dined as a guest of Clayton & Me. Thank you to the owners and staff for their generous hospitality throughout our experience.
Clayton & Me
12 Edwardes Street
Reservoir, VIC 3073
Ph: (03) 9462 0032
Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun 7:30am-5pm.