Bistro Morgan – The Overview…
We visited Bistro Morgan’s flagship Chapel Street store to meet the man himself and check out their artisan doughnuts – including the exciting vegan Mr Simpson and the ever popular golden gaytime inspired Gaytime Crunch.
Food: Gaytime Crunch, Cookie Monster, Mint to Be, Mr Simpson, Coconut Lemon Cheesecake, Sneaky Snickers
If you haven’t heard of Morgan he’s the 16 year old who started his own doughnut empire. Now having just finished Year 12 Morgan is fully focused on creating a thoughtful, high quality and long lasting business. He confesses he loves the retail side of the role and while he’s still heavily involved in the vast majority of the behind the scenes work, he doesn’t stop smiling while he’s on the shop floor and you can tell this is what drives him. Whether it’s charming visiting families or helping tables full of youngsters at one of his create-your-own doughnut events, you’ll buy into Morgan’s passion and enthusiasm just as much as you’ll buy into his doughnuts.
The doughnuts range from the simple Glazed and Confused to the more outrageous Cookie Monster. Made in store every day, the bakers start in the early hours as the doughnuts have to be made, rested and hand decorated before hitting the shelves. While I wouldn’t say $30 is “affordable” for 6 doughnuts they’re certainly a good price point compared to many competitors and you’re getting high quality, small batch, freshly made doughnuts, so they’re excellent value.
And the taste: yes they are seriously good!!(and the coffee is pretty great too). We tried quite a selection and were suitably impressed. We loved the rich, fluffy texture of the doughnuts and the uniqueness of each one. The snickers filling tasted exactly like snickers which was awesome as we expected it just to be a simple peanut butter filling as we’ve seen in so many snickers flavoured items. Having visited Bistro Morgan in its earlier days, we were pleased to see the crazy fun flavours were still there, such as the brightly coloured cookie monster and caramel filled golden gaytime. However, alongside these are more “grown up”, thoughtful doughnuts – the mint to be was a real creative highlight that we didn’t expect to work, but thoroughly enjoyed. The vegan Mr Simpson, while noticeable lighter than the other doughnuts, was delicious – and fun – it’s great to see places realise that vegans get sugar cravings too!
As well as coming up with new flavours, Morgan is also looking for more ways for people to enjoy his doughnuts. Birthday parties are available for $30 a head, and you’ll get to decorate and enjoy your own doughnut and a milkshake. Also keep you’re eyes peeled for pop up ‘decorate your own doughnut’ events to keep the kids occupied over the school holidays.
It’s this confident creativity and continual reflection that is beginning to now form the backbone of Bistro Morgan. For anyone who thought this was a brand that was going to burn out on youthful exuberance you’re sadly wrong. The carefully decked out store, with its iconic pastel blue colouring has become a main stay of High Street. While the brand is very popular for take away, inside you’ll find comfortable seating, proper crockery and great coffee where you can sit and take a break while enjoying your doughnuts. The ingredients are top quality, and the brand are now pulling back from selling through other cafes to allow them to add greater control. They want you to enjoy the Bistro Morgan experience on their terms, where they can guarantee the freshness of the product and the friendliness of the interaction. Oh, and any doughnuts not eaten at the end of the day – they go straight to charity to minimise wastage.
Address: 190 High Street, Windsor
Tue 10am to 5pm
Wed 10am to 5pm
Thu 10am to 5pm
Fri 10am to 9pm
Sat 10am to 9pm
Sun 10am to 5pm
Parking: We visited on PT, and parking in that area is a bit tricky at the moment, since the carpark behind Coles closed. If you’re just popping in for take away, you’ll probably find a short stay spot ok. For longer visits, you may find a spot on a side street, or a paid spot, however, definitely best to PT it if you can.
Getting here on PT: It’s on the 72 tram route, a couple of minutes walk from the 78 tram (alight at High Street/Malvern Road) and about 5-10 minutes walk from Prahran or Windsor Stations on the Sandringham Line.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Bistro Morgan, Windsor. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a restaurant won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.