Stumbling across food gems in unlikely areas of Melbourne suburbs is like uncovering hidden treasure. It's exciting and that is how we felt when we found out about Eating Station.
Set amongst the industrial area of Ravenhall, from the outside you would not know about the vibrant busy atmosphere going on inside. In fact, you would probably drive past without knowing it was even there and that is why word of mouth and social media is so important for places like Eating Station so we are hear to share the word.
We have been twice now but the first time was on a Sunday morning for brunch and we soon realised we had obviously missed the memo about this place because it was absolutely packed full of people. We still managed to get a table inside as it was a bit chilly but there is also plenty of outside seating as it is quite a big space.
We were seated straight away and drink orders were taken. For brunch we opted for the Breakkie Board ($22.90) as it seemed good value for money. It came with smashed avocado and one poached egg (favourite!), a coconut chia pudding as well as fresh orange juice. The eggs were poached perfectly but there was quite an overload of avocado. The chia pudding was delicious and almost tasted like a pudding (but healthy) and was very well received and well fresh OJ speaks for itself.
Our almond milk cappuccino was smooth and overall a great coffee.
The décor is warm and inviting with wooden tones and beautiful greenery. The abundance of open windows also makes it bright and lively and it's lovely when the sun shines in. We also liked being able to see the chefs working their magic in the kitchen.
There is a great outdoor space that includes a slide for the kids to play on and you can watch them from inside as they burn off some energy. This is another great drawcard for Eating Station and there would be space to possibly spruce it up a bit to make it more exciting for the kids.
The next time we went was on a Wednesday and was a little quieter. We were seated straight away but water was forgotten for the duration of time we were there. This time we opted for pancakes with strawberries, chocolate, ice-cream and Persian fairy floss and from the specials menu, we opted for Belgian waffles with banana, popcorn and caramel sauce.
The dishes are always presented beautifully and look very enticing. Overall they have a great variety of options and they execute them very well. The pancakes were light and fluffy but we felt it would have been a better option to have maple syrup rather than chocolate syrup as it made the dish too sweet. The Belgian waffles were delicious but again overly sweet and they could have done with less caramel sauce as it was overpowering and took away from the flavour of the waffles themselves. The flavour combination of bananas and caramel was lovely though and the popcorn worked well with the dish.
The service on both occasions was pretty good and staff were attentive. We love that it is family-friendly. However, it should be routine for water to be dropped to every seated customer.
Overall, we love what Eating Station is doing and they are doing it well but a few minor tweaks could make it even greater. Prices are affordable and there is a great range of menu options. There is also a great display of cakes at the counter that will make it hard for you to leave without something for later. We look forward to seeing it become the go-to in the Western suburbs and returning to try out the rest of their menu.
What: Eating Station
Where: Shop 3/4 269 Robinsons Road, Ravenhall
When: Open 6am-4pm, 7 days a week
Kid friendly and gluten-free options availabl