Round The Way Cafe Review

Round The Way Cafe Review Ballarat Bagel Vegetarian
East Village Bagel ($12). Photo: Willunga Wino

Every time i visit Ballarat, my first stop is to get hold of a Round the Way bagel. Back in the day that would mean lining up in the chilly Ballarat air outside Dazzlers car wash to get my fix from the food truck.

Round The Way Cafe Review Ballarat Bagel Vegetarian

Quirky signage. Photo: Willunga Wino

 


(Read my review of the Round The Way food truck here.)

 

Now the guys Peter Marios & Ryan Slater have new digs you can visit in Main St, schweeet! Food truck fans fear not, the van is still truckin’ too.

 

Round The Way Cafe Review Ballarat Bagel Vegetarian

Cute street presence. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

The cafe is cosy and welcoming with a window bench for people watching. One wall is adorned with New York skyline pictures, and the other with the compact but all killer no filler New York styled sweets cabinet, as well as a pretty big coffee bar.

 

Round The Way Cafe Review Ballarat Bagel Vegetarian

Coffee bar. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

A chalkboard above the counter houses the menu of various bagel sandwiches and sides at the pocket change size of $4 a pop. Life advice comes for free, order now!

For the thirsty, the drinks menu spans Redskins milkshakes and cold press coffee with soda and secret flavours. Certainly not your average.

 

Round The Way Cafe Review Ballarat Bagel Vegetarian

Life advice – free! Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Friendly service finds us a 50’s inspired formica table and takes our order. In just a few minutes, our hot, fresh bagels are dispensed through the servery which is styled to look like the serving window of the food truck. Nice touch!

 

Round The Way Cafe Review Ballarat Bagel Vegetarian

Widow to Heaven. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

I get a compliment of my choice of one of the two vegetarian bagels on offer – the East Village ($12) – which is the waitresses favourite. Served in a cardboard tray with it’s own little Tabasco bottle to turn up the heat to your liking, my mouth is watering.

The East Village is a house made falafel patty which is more like the best veggie burger patty I’ve ever had! Juicy, full of spices like cumin and herbs like parsley, plus chunky bits of chickpeas, its a winner.

The bagel itself is soft, warm and has been toasted to perfection before being slathered with butter. This alone is just so, so good.

Finishing the burger-bagel is a generous dollop of house made hummus, fresh juicy tomato with punch, and crunchy cos lettuce that also adds a nice buttery bitterness. Heaven.

 

Round The Way Cafe Review Ballarat Bagel Vegetarian

East Village Bagel ($12). Photo: Willunga Wino

 

 

Mr Wino and Daddy Wino make short work of their El Cubano’s ($13). Loaded with juicy, fall apart shredded pork, turkey, they barely stopped to draw breath and exalt about how good it was.

 

Round The Way Cafe Review Ballarat Bagel Vegetarian

El Cubano Bagel ($13). Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Despite not being massively hungry (this was our second lunch!) we also sampled the Coriander slaw ($4) – and i was so glad we did. Ridiculously creamy, crunchy red cabbage, fresh local apple batons, and plenty of coriander made this a great addition to our meal.

 

Round The Way Cafe Review Ballarat Bagel Vegetarian

Coriander & Apple Slaw ($4). Photo: Willunga Wino

 

I seriously cannot wait to return – next time with a bigger appetite – to also try the mac and cheese, cold press coffee soda, and a little something-something from that dessert cabinet (lemon cheesecakes that look like a fried egg, anyone?).

 

Ballarat and bagels are now forever linked.

 

Don’t visit The ‘Rat without trying one. Or three.

 

 

How do you like your bagels? Comment below! 

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