Ballarat is full of quirky finds.
Eclectic by name, Eclectic by nature, Ballarat’s Eclectic Cafe is housed on a corner in a unique wedge-shaped building.
Welcoming sign. Photo: Willunga Wino
It reminds me of a miniature New York City Flat Iron Building, one of my favourite pieces of iconic New York architecture.
Mini Flat Iron building. Photo: Willunga Wino
There are no doubts as to whether the cafe is open, with this iconic pop-art open sign on display.
Welcome sign. Photo: Willunga Wino
Inside it is very quirky, decorated with all sorts of antiques, providing a variety of smaller spaces to cosy up with friends.
Quirky interiors. Photo: Willunga Wino
By the front door there is also a book exchange.
Book exchange by the door. Photo: Willunga Wino
You’ll be tempted by the cake cabinet. I’ve heard amazing things about the mug brownies that have a turkish delight centre.
Chocolate mug cake with Turkish delight centres. Photo: Willunga Wino
Choose to dine inside with the goodies, or outside in a sunny, pet friendly courtyard – with water bowls provided for furry family members.
Furry friends welcome. Photo: Willunga Wino
Help yourself water station for two legged patrons is a nice touch for those dining in the sunny courtyard.
Help yourself to water. Photo: Willunga Wino
On this morning we are soon brought menus by friendly waitstaff who share a chat.
And what menus – they are inside old “Golden Books”, which I found cute and in keeping with the theme of the place. On this occasion, I was lucky to get the classic Puss In Boots.
Not a Golden Book. Photo: Willunga Wino
The menu is truly diverse, and I really struggled to choose because it was all so interesting and sounded so good! This is not usually the case, especially for a vegetarian like me.
Truly interesting breakfast options. Photo: Willunga Wino
Orders placed, there are a few minutes to continue admiring the setting in the Ballarat winter sun.
The building itself is adorned with ever changing street artworks well worth taking a wander to admire.
Gorgeous street art. Photo: Willunga Wino
First out are our coffees.
Coffee is supplied by Espresso di Manifredi, it is a nice dark roast with strong flavour profile. The piccolo double shot latte is up to Mr Wino’s standards.
Lovely tableware. Photo: Willunga Wino
Soy cappuccino allows the coffee to shine with no splitting or “soy taste face” needed, plus it is given a generous chocolate sprinkle topping.
That’s good coffee. Photo: Willunga Wino
After a little delay of 10 minutes or so, our meals arrive. Of course, I suffer with food envy looking at my dining companion’s meals.
It’s not really a problem though as my Bombay Scrambled Eggs are amazing. Turmeric yellow, but also spiced with cumin, corriander, onion and tomato. It was accompanied with chutney and crisp roti bread. I loved it and I’m not really an egg person.
Bombay Eggs. Photo: Willunga Wino
For breakfast with a funky twist – put Eclectic Tastes on your list.
It’s a sunny little corner which is a great stop after a spin around the Lake for a coffee.
What’s your quirky cafe favourite? Comment below!