Wyndham Cache Cafe, 1 K Ave, Werribee South. Phone: 9742 1526
The first official day of spring is supposedly later in the week, but it sure feels like today should be so anointed.
The sky is mostly blue, studded with big, white fluffy clouds.
The sun is shining and for the first time in a long while – too long – I am not rugged up in the heaviest jumper I can lay my hands on.
Perfect, in other words, for a relaxed spin to a location I think of as one of the west’s country sojourn’s when you don’t really want to go bush.
It’s possible to get a country vibe going from the western suburbs with relative ease and in short time – think the wonderful Point Cook Homestead, for instance, or TeaPot Cottage Cafe at Werribee South.
Wyndham Cache is a rather quirky and charming – in its own way – cafe/restaurant about a kilometre past the turnoff for Werribee Mansion.
An outgrowth of a long-established polutry business on the same site, it does breakfast and lunch seven days a week and dinner on Fridays.
The ambiance seems to show the influence of the joint’s association with a small business of another, eggy variety entirely, with two sets of electric doors leading through to a rather clinical canteen-style dining room, its severity leavened by lovely country vibe service and a plentitude of photos depicting historic people, places, buildings and scenes from the area.
The menu ranges from wraps, sandwiches such as BLT ($14.50) and four salads at about $16 up to mains starting at $17.50 for the wagyu burger and going on to the likes of pan-fried salmon ($22.50) and steaks for $25.
It’s a clever menu.
Unfortunately, in the rolled-dice gamble that is table-for-one dining I come up empty-handed.
There’s reasons why I very rarely order a steak sanger – and this one ($16.50) now joins that list.
Regulation white sliced bread, routine cheese slice, OK caramelised onions, some rocket and a tiny portion of meat – it’s mightily underwhelming.
It’s about what I would expect from a corner takeaway establishment for significantly less.
But the chips are good and hot, and I gobble each and every one.
That I have been lumbered with such a mediocre lunch is galling, because I see other tables with what appear to be fine meals – fish and chips, antipasto platters and even the dreaded and much over-rated wraps all look good.
And it’s hard to believe the burger – at just $1 more – could be so shabby.
Oh well – still worth a return trip with son in tow.
Check out the full menus at the Wyndham Cache website.