Fine for occasional visits but inconsistent
Posted on 12 / 28 / 2013
We took a trip to Daylesford this weekend, so of course that meant we had to have lunch at Himalaya Bakery. This has been a highlight of Daylesford for me in the past. Looking at the menu, we baulked a bit at the prices: lunchy items ranging from around $13 to around $20. Even coffee prices were at the higher end of acceptable, although it is organic and fair trade. I ordered at the counter, as one does, and the woman at the counter agreed, with some reservation, to let me pay afterwards. First if the orders to arrive was the blueberry vegan shake I ordered, purportedly containing soy ice cream but I saw absolutely no evidence of this. The shake was very sweet but not particularly thick and as I finished it I saw granuley sugar syrup at the bottom of the glass. Not entirely pleasant. Our mains then arrived. I had ordered what I assume is a signature dishe entitled the Himalaya Open Sandwich. With lettuce, tomato, capsicum, avocado and bean dip it didn't sound outrageously exciting but I felt like something light. It was strange using a knife and fork to cut a sandwich, which, even given low expectation, was rather disappointing with little flavour and soggy bread. My partner was happier with his gnocchi. I tried it and it was fine, with Napoli sauce and herb bread (just a tad dry). We ordered desserts from the cabinet - Pecan, Date and Apricot Cake and Sunny Orange Cake and had these with a mugs of coffee/chai. The cakes were dense and incredibly sweet, so be warned. After purchasing a load of bread, the bill came to just under $74. I make only occasional (maybe yearly) visits to this place and perhaps that is why I can still hold on to some fondness for it, but its limitations need to be remembered too.
Vegan-friendly, including vegan desserts, Organic, fair trade coffee, Organic vegan bread for sale
On the pricey side, Food not consistently good