Colliban Foodstore – Trentham

Located at 18 Market Street in Trentham Victoria. This doubles as a Cafe, Bar, Restaurant and Fine Wine Merchant. The overall feel of the place is very relaxed and inviting. Warm and cosy – spanning across some split levels. The winelist is terrific with a good range of wines by the glass. German, Italian, French, New Zealand wines etc. all feature on a very good winelist – which is very keenly priced. The Fine Wine shop has a great range of wines to take home. Our breakfast visit was a good one and we will return for a more serious adventure soon. The lunch and dinner menus looked very interesting. Worth a visit! www.collibanfoodstore.com

Cafe Ora – Kew

Established in the old ‘Ocha’ Japanese restaurant premises, this breath of fresh air has been lacking on this side of Kew. Coffee is ‘Five Senses Proud Mary blend’ (whatever that means – it tastes like Five Senses to me – creamy and smooth). Coffee is excellent indeed. The menu spans across breakfast and lunch. On our first breakfast visit we thought that serving sizes were a little too small – many of us were still hungry – which is not the reason to go out for breakfast! Maybe they were running low on ingredients (it was Grand Final day) and had to stretch what was left. On a second visit the pancake was nice – but other dishes that were coming out of the kitchen looked a little petite!  Not fully convinced yet – but the coffee is superb. 156 Pakington Street Kew. Coffee gets a 6 star rating, food gets a 3, so the average is 4 star.