Fondly named after the Catholic patron saint of domestic workers, St Zita’s cafe in Glen Huntly offers a whole lot more than domestic service! This super cute suburban hotspot, sitting pretty on the main street, serves up honest, unassuming brunch and delicious coffee to locals craving home-style dishes with a modern twist. The brainchild of three like-minded friends with a vision to open a cafe for locals to call home, St Zita’s is equal parts warm, friendly service, delicious plentiful food and fantastic coffee. Step inside and you’ll instantly feel right at home, from the warm welcome as you enter to the moment you’re sipping on your deliciously creamy coffee.
While the menu lends itself openly to on-trend Modern Aussie fare, there’s no argument in our books that there’s a touch of European influence seeping in too. Take, for instance, the Green Eggs & Ham, featuring creamy scrambled eggs intertwined with basil pesto (aka green eggs), topped with lashings of cooked prosciutto (this is the ham, guys), roast tomato, mushrooms and a sprinkling of black turtle beans—delish! Oh, and there’s the added option of a hash brown too, because err hash brown, duh! Not only is this dish plentiful in size but it’s also extremely flavourful—so much so, we think our good ol’ friend Dr. Seuss would have to agree!
Another standout menu showstopper at St Zita’s would have to be the Zita’s Seared Scallops. “Seafood for breakfast?” I hear you ask incredulously. Don’t worry Listers, we’ve got your back on this one. Picture delectable seared scallops served on a pumpkin rosti with bacon dust alongside sweet chilli jam, avocado and lime hollandaise sauce! It’s sweet, it’s tasty and it just about ticks all our boxes. Then there’s the Early Bird Burger for all you kidlets that just can’t go past the trusty great bacon and egg combo. We don’t blame you really, and when brioche is involved we just can’t help but melt. Sink your teeth into this hearty brekkie favourite to enjoy a perfectly fried egg, fresh tomato, crispy bacon and basil aioli, all wedged between a delicious brioche bun and served with a hash brown on the side! Get all that?
Survey the rest of the menu and you’ll discover a whole stack of tasty classics, like the Bircher Muesli with crushed almonds, fresh apple, coconut, berries and organic yoghurt, or the mouth-watering Banana Bread with lime mascarpone (yep, lime!), yummy strawberries and of course, coconut for extra pizazz! The specials board is updated weekly so there’s always something new to choose from, and just to prove they’ve thought of everything, St Zita’s also has a cute little take-away cabinet brimming with sandwiches and take-home lunches for you to enjoy at your leisure. Score!
Now for the coffee! St Zita’s uses a boutique premium blend of coffee from Melbourne-based coffee supplier, Strada Coffee. It’s deliciously creamy and definitely has our seal of approval 100%. You’ll also find a plethora of milk varietals to choose from, including regular, lactose free, almond and coconut—you know, just so everyone is covered. If you’re just stopping in for a quick coffee, make sure you grab something from the sweets counter too. With loads of cakes and slices, you’ve pretty much got morning or afternoon tea sorted and how can you argue with that?
St Zita's is dishing up some of Melbourne’s best breakfasts and lunches in the ‘burbs seven days a week from 7.30am-4pm weekdays, and 8am-4pm weekends.
St Zita's | 1167 Glen Huntly Road in Glen Huntly
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