Review: Clubhouse, Malvern

Clubhouse

The Overview…

Always a pleasure when these guys bring a new addition to the family and Clubhouse is no exception with an awesome panna, friendly staff and a cute courtyard!

Meal: Brunch

Food: Mango Smoothie Bowl, Blossom Hot cakes, Black Forest Panna cotta

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

The details…

Word has clearly spread fast with this one, as despite being open a mere few weeks, Clubhouse already has queues out the door – and it’s not small. While there’s not many tables accommodating large groups, there are two indoor seating areas (separated by the counter), street seating and a back courtyard – all bustling and almost full when we arrived fairly early on a Sunday.

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Staff, while clearly rushed off their feet, were doing their best and service felt smooth and fairly polished. Dishes were beautifully presented, and while the wait for drinks was a little longer than average, our food seemed to arrive in good time and we were well attended to throughout our visit.

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Dining with the_high_tea_girl usually requires you to have a bit of a sweet tooth which is good as there’s definitely a bit of a sweeter vibe to the Clubhouse menu, with no less than 6 sweet dishes. Let’s be honest, while their savoury menu is great, it’s the dessert style breakfast dishes where these guys really hit it out of the park!

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We opted for the mango smoothie bowl, hotcakes and panna cotta. The mango smoothie bowl had some nice tropical flavours, and I liked that it wasn’t sickly sweet like some. However, it was a little icy, and while enjoyable it doesn’t even come close to the granola bowl in terms of texture or flavour balance.

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Luckily the hotcakes and panna cotta were two big hits! The blossom hotcakes come with salted caramel, strawberries, vanilla mascarpone, dark chocolate meringue and raspberry curd –  I mean, what’s not to love! The hotcakes themselves are the usual fluffy, light high standard you’d except from this chain, and the meringue and salted caramel combo really ticked my boxes.

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The panna cotta is – wait for it – black forest gateau flavour! Now black forest gateau is my FAVOURITE cake. You know that scene in Matilda, with the kid and the cake, that’s me and black forest gateau – so I was pretty excited for this. It looked great, I was pleased the panna wasn’t sickly, I loved the jelly, and when you get a forkful with all the elements it recreated the flavour perfectly.

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The only downside is, the sauce is on the base of the plate, so most of your early forkfuls are just chocolate – I would love to see this adapt into a dish with a pouring sauce to help blend those flavours through the whole dish, but this is definitely one for our next edition of Melbourne’s Best Pannacotta!

Everything else…

Website: http://clubhousemalvern.com.au/

Address: 1290 Malvern Road, Malvern

Opening Times: 

Mon        7am to 4pm
Tue         7am to 4pm
Wed        7am to 4pm
Thu         7am to 4pm
Fri           7am to 4pm
Sat          7:30am to 4pm
Sun        7:30am to 4pm


Parking: 
It’s in a slightly more suburban area, far enough from Glenferrie’s Road so there is street parking around. We ended up parked a few hundred metres down the street but it’s not as hectic as you would expect for Malvern.

Getting here on PT: It’s on the 72 tram route – alight at Meredith Street!

Clubhouse Malvern Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Clubhouse Malvern. 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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