63 Stanley Avenue,
Mount Waverley, VIC
Stanley, the baby bro of the ever growing group of cafés including Tinker, My Other Brother and Clubhouse. I swear I turn my head for a second and they’re launching a new one! Not that I’m complaining… these guys do no wrong. One thing that immediately stood out for me was it’s location, unlike the other cafes that are surrounded by other buildings, Stanley stands alone. My instant reaction to the café was “omg it’s SO cute”, how classic white girl of me. Being only two weeks old, and a Sunday, the café was buzzing; crowds waited patiently to be told a table was ready and staff were quick to tend to empty tables.
Walking in we were swiftly seated, and offered still or sparkling water (always a yes in my book). I then ordered my usual, almond milk cappuccino and Tom his, a double espresso. Shortly after, we ordered food. The breakfast bowl for me with added mushrooms, and I’m sure you’re thinking geez what a surprise… but guys… I had smashed avo at brunch a few days ago so it was only fair that I had a brekky bowl to balance things out right?! Tom ordered the Brisket Benny and the Mango Tumeric Chia Pudding, which I had every intention of stealing. I also decided to get a turmeric latte, I’d been really craving one and know for a fact that this chain of cafés does them brilliantly.
We were seated by a wall, and me being the annoying foodie requested to be moved outside if any tables came up. I was met with a smile, and it wasn’t long before we were relocating to the outdoor section… #lighting and all that important stuff you know? It was perfectly timed, as we sat down at our new table the food was arriving. Perfection on a plate as always. I’ve never had a breakfast bowl I did not like. The benny was delicious, the brisket was on a fluffy cheddar cheese waffle and the flavours came together perfectly. I also loved the chia pudding, the turmeric flavour was a little strong for Tom but I’m personally a huge fan so I loved it. The only negative? Not enough Coconut yogurt, it was so damn tasty. As for the turmeric latte; well I was SO full but it was too good to leave so I got it in a take-away cup to finish later… guilty. Overall a brilliant experience, a gorgeous setting, and beautiful food.
Disclaimer: I was invited to Stanley as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own, and are based on my experience at the time.