Coburg and its surrounds are slowly getting a good variety of café’s and brunch/lunch spots, which means I don’t have to venture too far for a bite to eat. My new favourite is Little Deer Tracks on O’hea st in Coburg – just off Sydney Road. It is a fairly inconspicuous shop front, but it is hiding a quite large, and quite delicious all vegetarian café/restaurant.
The restaurant is almost split into three very separate sections. The front has small chairs and a few bar seats perfect for a grab and go coffee. The back of the room has multiple sets of tables and chairs, perfect for a quite brunch or lunch. And then, if the weather is looking up, the very rear of the space has a beautiful outside area, with a few tables sitting in the sun. This large amount of seating means you never are waiting for table, and although there may be quite a few people around, the place always feels quite quiet and peaceful.
I took my mum over for lunch here on Saturday (as she is over from Perth because my little niece arrived on Thursday – very excited to be an aunty!) and we needed a quick-lunch before heading to the hospital again.
You would have thought that since I had had Mexican for dinner the night before I would have opted for something other than nachos:
but I couldn’t resist. My only complaint (and it’s not really a compliant) would be the portion size – I only got about half way through the nachos before I had to call it a day. I loved the inclusion of the freshly diced tomato – it added a great bite of freshness against the warm black beans and melted cheese.
My mum was a little more adventurous and went for the Portobello mushroom burger:
I didn’t try any of the burger, but from my mum’s comments it was amazing. She isn’t a vegetarian, but I think she was definitely impressed with the fare – so I wouldn’t be hesitant to bring more meat eaters here.
As one of the few places around me that I can walk too I think I will be heading back to Little Deer Tracks quite often – there are still many dishes on the menu I was eyeing off to try. If you are around the Coburg area I would recommend popping in for a try – vegetarian or not I think you’ll be impressed.