Cafe Vue

Posted on December 6, 2010

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Strapped for cash, but the urge for a gourmet working lunch led me to Café Vue (430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne VIC)? Nestled between its older siblings, Vue de monde and Bristro Vue, Café Vue is the most accessible (read cheapest) and most causal way to experience something from Shannon Bennett’s kitchen. It’s a small narrow space, seating no more than 30 I’d say. The bar/counter space dominates, displaying delicious looking baguettes and pastries/cakes for those wanting takeaway options. They also do a $15 lunch box deal that I would describe as a western style bento. It typically has a small starter, main option and then small sweet to round off the meal. For those wanting to sit in, it is fairy cosy and as expected, it can get busy.

Café Vue does breakfast and lunch, with the morning meal coming in around the $10 mark and lunches being more in the mid teens. How does a causal version of a hatted restaurant manage to be so affordable (keeping in mind a night out at Vue de monde will easily break the bank)? Well…the serving sizes are a bit on the petite side of things. But then again we are talking lunches for the corporate set here, so don’t expect a big feed.

When you know the dish is going to be small, my strategy is generally to go for the heaviest meal. Hence we ended up with the Vue burger ($15) and wagyu pie ($14). The burger was quite tasty, with all the trimmings: bacon, tomato, lettuce, mayo etc. The side of rustic looking chips was rather nice too.

I liked the pie best though. Flaky pastry and nice chunky bits of beef that has been cooked till tender. You know the type of meat that just breaks off with a fork…the best type of meat! It’s served with a side of mash potatoes and mash peas. Delish.

Overall food was pretty tasty and we were quite content. Oh but that may be because we finished off with a coffee and some canele. I’d say it’s probably best to visit on a day that you’ve had a big brekky.

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