Review: Vibrante Restaurant, Templestowe

Vibrante

The Overview…

Vibrante definitely provide you with a luxurious environment to enjoy brunch in their spacious restaurant.

Meal: Brunch

Food: Corn and Zucchini Fritters, Pancakes

Ratings:
Food: 3.5/5
Atmosphere: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Value: 4/5

The details…

We visited Vibrante to sample their weekend-only brunch menu in their relaxing restaurant environment.

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Vibrante is more well known in the area as being a dinner venue, however, they offer both brunch (on the weekends) and lunch. While the environment may initially appear  a little formal, the staff are down to earth, friendly and welcoming. There’s a few booth tables in one corner and a covered outdoor seating area too if you did want a slightly more casual vibe. Also if you look carefully, you’ll catch a few sneaky reminders of the buildings previous incarnation as a car repair shop.

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Their breakfast menu is small, and while they don’t have one of those insta-wow dishes or a crazy out of the park breakfast-sushi-esque option, they are packing all the classics, from smashed avo to eggs benny. We tried the corn and zucchini fritters and the pancakes.

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We loved the plating on the fritters, they were delicately piled and topped with the bright avo, tomatoes and relish. Accompanied by two poached eggs, it was a generous serve. The fritters had a good flavour. They were a little thick which made them slightly dense compared to some, but still enjoyable, especially when paired with the tangy relish. I really liked the chopped avo and cherry tomatoes which again balanced well with the fritters and gave the meal a healthier feel. The eggs were a little over, but 30 seconds less on these would have made all the difference.

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The pancakes were a really classic dish that you don’t see a lot of in Melbourne anymore. A generous stack, accompanied by lemon curd, a berry coulis, icing sugar, strawberries and vanilla ice-cream, it’s a dish that will take you back to the pancakes of your childhood. We couldn’t really fault this dish – simple done well. This dish really highlights that there’s not always a need to jump on board with every passing trend to make a successful dish – sometimes those things that have been around for a while, stick around for a reason – they work!

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Overall, we had a very enjoyable time at Vibrante and we’d be keen to go back and sample their other menus. I was surprised how quiet the restaurant was, as particularly for that local area, the food was good quality, portions are generous and the prices are very fair! I feel it’s still a bit of a hidden gem at the moment – and a lovely warm environment to sit and enjoy a winter’s brunch before the rest of Templestowe catch on that they are open in the mornings!

Everything else…

Website: https://www.vibranterestaurant.com.au/

Address: 133 James Street, Templestoew

Opening Times: 

Mon       10am to late
Tue        10am to late
Wed       10am to late
Thu        10am to late
Fri          10am to late
Sat          10am to late
Sun        10am to late


Parking: 
There’s a car park directly behind the restaurant as well as some street parking and bays on James Street.

Getting here on PT: Vibrante can be reached on the 282, 282 and 905 buses – alight at Templestowe Village,

Vibrante Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Vibrante, Templestowe. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting

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