West Preston’s array of cafes has been expanding over the past couple of years with Cheshire being the most recent to join the ranks. It’s located just down the road from Jackson Dodds or at the end of the 112 tram terminus. F and I decided to eat here a few weeks ago. The interior has an old school but very warm and pleasant feel to it. The cafe brings in an older crowd and with its attractive “Scrabble piece” counter of baked goods, attracts families with young children as well. They source their beans from Coffee Supreme and serve up fairly decent coffee for the area – unfortunately, ours was quite milky on the day.
We ordered the french toast and the steak sandwich special (F never lets a steak sandwich escape her grasp). The French toast was light, crisp and more importantly, not overpowered by the sweetness and flavour of the maple syrup and cinnamon. The barbados cream was a real winner, being deceivingly airy and subtle, though the stewed berries and my own addition of spiced pear weren’t too much to rave about. Every steak sandwich follows a fairly standard recipe which almost ensures it as a good choice, but we’ve had some pretty shocking steak sandwiches. Luckily, Cheshire executed theirs very well. With tender meat, sweet caramelised onions, moist vegies and awesome sourdough, it all made for a very satisfying meal.
French toast with berries, barbados cream, maple syrup and cinnamon sugar + side of roasted pear chutney
Steak sandwich on sourdough with beetroot relish, caramelised onion, tomato, roquette and mayo
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