23a Gladstone Street
Moonee Ponds Vic 3039
There is something romantic about a beautiful heritage building that always draws me in. Quality materials, impressive craftmanship and ornate fittings, not to mention all the things those walls have seen over the years, what’s not to love. Oozing character, they really don’t make them like they used to. So as an admirer of these truly beautiful pieces of architecture, there is nothing I like more than seeing them restored and brought back to life. The good people behind eatery Dear Abbey saw the potential in an old disused Moonee Ponds church and brought it to life as a busy cafe.
With a number of great cafes under their belt like the very successful Glass Den in Coburg, this teams latest venture Dear Abbey, offers quality coffee from small batch roaster Where’s Marcel and a solid, although somewhat generic menu to match. Visiting with a large group we had the opportunity to try a number of dishes, however on this particular day the majority of us felt like something on the lighter side, so the Super Food Salad it was. This was a particularly good version of what has become a cafe favourite. Packed full of flavour, it was nicely balanced between sweet and savoury ingredients and well seasoned. The perfect kind of healthy dish, it’s clean eating without even knowing it and we definitely enjoyed every spoonful.
Another popular dish amongst our group was the Ricotta Hotcakes. However to our disappointment, once we’d placed our order we were advised that they had sold out for the day which was somewhat surprising given it was only midday and the lunch rush wasn’t yet in full swing. We got to admire them from afar as the last few came out of the kitchen and jealously watched the lucky ones inhale them.
As a side note, given it’s located in an old church there are some logistical issues. For one there is no wheelchair/stroller access and then the ventilation in some areas isn’t great so it gets super stuffy on hot days, but I guess that’s just part of its appeal.