There is a new 100% gluten free cafe on the scene and it is causing a stir within the community. Cafe Henkel has only been open for around two weeks and already I have seen many of you visiting. Located at 102 Henkel Street, Brunswick the cafe is nestled away but serves up some beautiful food. I am really excited because it’s only a 15 minute drive from my work, I’m anticipating some delicious lunch takeaway.
When mum and I arrived for lunch, the small cafe was full but we happily seated ourselves on the bar seats at the window. We were not sitting for long though, both of us were curious to take in the array of food in the cabinet at the register.
Along with the delicious choices in the cabinet, they have a small but filling menu. The menu features an all day breakfast and lunch served after 11.30am. My favourite part of the menu though showed just how seriously they take their 100% gluten free premises. Right at the bottom of the menu, you can find a friendly statement:
“For the safety of our Coeliac Patrons, we do not use products with ‘may contain traces…’
After we ordered at the counter, we were treated to a starter of bread with oil and vinegar. The bread was soft and I had to double check it was gluten free. It was a lovely treat and a perfect way to sample their bread offerings.
Mum decided that the lamb and potato pie in the cabinet looked too good to pass up. She ordered the pie with a side of the chips ($8.50). The pie had a rich flavour but she didn’t pick up on a lot of potato in it. The pastry was flaky and crispy and it didn’t collapse at the bottom. Definitely, a well-cooked pie and I’d be interested in checking out the other flavours. The pairing of the pie and home made tomato relish was a good combination. I am a sucker for home made tomato relish.
The chips turned up with a free side of the house made aioli and that same tomato relish. When the bowl came out I was in shock, these are definitely the largest chips I have ever been served. They could possibly be a bit too large, as due to their size they don’t seem to get overly crispy. I did overhear that the Cafe will be working on the crispiness of the chips, maybe next time I visit I’ll get a satisfying crunch. Aside from not being crispy, the potato was well cooked and seasoned. The aioli had a delicious flavour and elevated it all. It may seem like a lot for chips, but it is worth it.
For my lunch, I went with the turkey burger ($14.50). This is a decent serve, I could barely get my mouth around it. The burger patty had loads of flavour but did fall apart a little. If I had one piece of advice, it’d be giving me more of that cranberry mayonnaise. I would happily return and eat this again. The bun itself was soft and light. There weren’t any dry sections and it didn’t taste like cardboard.
We couldn’t leave without trying some of the Cafe’s sweeter treats, however, after such a filling lunch we got them to go. Mum chose a Profiterole ($3) and I chose to take home a piece of New York Style cheesecake to share with Brody. Mum also grabbed herself a chicken roll which they Cafe even altered for her (she doesn’t eat tomato) to have for dinner.
The profiterole only made it to the car before we dug in. I regret not buying myself my own profiterole. The chocolate broke away in my mouth leaving the airy choux pastry and the burst of fresh custard. It was what Coeliac dreams are made of.
The New York Cheesecake was fluffy and had a great flavour, they added a side of berry coulis. The tart of the berry complimented the slightly sweet cheesecake and spiced base well. It was a perfect way to end a fantastic lunch.
I highly recommend heading to Cafe Henkel, there may still be a few teething hitches here and there but the committed management, fantastic service and delicious food will see them through.
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