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I’d been looking forward to visiting Shannon Bennett’s (Vue de Monde) new venture in the historic Dandenong Ranges – my favourite weekend spot in Victoria – for quite some time.
Having opened just a few months ago, driving up to Burnham Beeches, a 1930s 23-hectre property – comprising of a greenhouse, cafe, on-site bakery and lush lawns – was simply breathtaking.
Post an epic climb of the infamous thousand steps, lunch was in order. Bordering on ravenous, there was a 30-minute wait to be seated inside but my gosh the wait was worth it. We munched on some fruit bread from the adjoining Burnham Bakery while we waited. Outside seating is also available and worth the view in the warmer months.
When you score a table inside the cafe and adjoining bakery, the front counter is a visual overload with an abundance of cakes and just-made bread. The scent of freshly baked goods compete with the waft of smokiness from meat being grilled outside. Sheer sensory heaven.
After enjoying a chunky granola cookie and some super moorish fruit bread (very generously fruited, with the perfect exterior crunch and pillowy centre), it was time to tackle the menu. A lot of the dishes seemed smallish so worth trying a few (unless you fill up on baked goodies like us!).
I ordered the Blackmore Wagyu beef burger ($12) but rather than have the brioche (why do people do that?!), I requested the seeded loaf which was amazing! The smokiness of my beef and the quality of the bacon and cheese made this little burger worth every post-exercise bite. Its size suited me perfectly but to fill us up we shared some cheeky potato chips. The chips too, were amazing. They were crisp and soft, again worth every calorie.
My friend ordered the barramundi burger. Again, it was sized like my burger but instead of a meat patty it had a flavoursome fish patty that was generous with actual fish, as opposed to other budget-cutting ingredients like mashed potato.
We didn’t order dessert, but made use of the toasters situated on the shared long tables to enjoy some more fruit bread. The Yirgzero coffee and my Valrhona hot chocolate were also fantastic, perfect to keep us warm while we waited for a table.
You can see why Shannon Bennett’s venture has been so long awaited. Both the Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery are fine examples of how quality produce, good service and classic but clever dishes really can make the 40-minute drive from Melbourne worthwhile.