The Penny Drop, Box Hill

9/25/2016 , 0 Comments

The Penny Drop is a relatively new cafe that has opened up on the ground floor of the ATO building in Box Hill, a short walk from the main shopping centres. It's right near the 109 tram stop and also accessible by the Belgrave/Lilydale trains. The restaurant prides itself on modern Australian cuisine with an Asian twist, and is opened for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The interior of The Penny Drop is very modern and simple, with wooden aesthetics contrasting with the white walls and minimalistic design for a comfortable dining experience. Upbeat music plays in the background, and together with the chatter from all the customers makes for a lively atmosphere that isn't too noisy or overcrowded. The staff were friendly and attentive, asking how our dishes were and refilling our water.

We went for brunch on a weekend and luckily didn't have to wait at all for a table - by the time we'd left, there was quite a queue starting to form. The dishes we ordered were the tea smoked salmon ($21) and the buttermilk hotcakes ($17.50), and my friend also ordered a latte. The coffee was quite light and milky and didn't have a very strong coffee taste, but was still enjoyable for a weekend catch up when you're not needing that hit of caffeine to get through a long day.

The tea smoked salmon was served on a spring onion pancake with a bean shoot salad, avo and son in law eggs. I hadn't realised that this was actually more of a cold dish; apart from the spring onion pancake the rest of the dish was cold. I really enjoyed the spring onion pancake - you could definitely see how it was a fusion dish as it was like a western style pancake with spring onion bits in it - it wasn't like the asian style spring onion pancake at all - which was a really interesting and delicious element. There was just the right amount of avo and salmon in the dish to bring the pancakes and salad together, and the salad itself was nice and fresh. I would've liked a bit more ginger in the salad as the rest of the dish was a bit salty, especially the salmon, and the ginger gave it that heat/kick to balance it out. The eggs were cooked perfectly, though the outer fried batter covering it could've been a bit crispier.

The buttermilk hotcake stack came with coconut foam, black sesame and pistachio dukkah, raspberry compote and palm sugar caramel. The hotcakes were light and fluffy and the portion was surprisingly large. The coconut foam was light and not too sweet, and balanced out well with the raspberry compote for a mix of flavours. The palm sugar caramel was quite subtle in the dish, and you couldn't really taste the black sesame and pistachio dukkah; perhaps it was more textural than flavour. The freeze dried berries gave the dish a extra little crunch, and overall this was an enjoyable dish as well.

I'd definitely like to come back to The Penny Drop to try some of their lunch/dinner options, especially the burgers and some of the sharing plates for dinner!

Ambience: 8.5/10
Service: 8/10
Food: 8/10
Price: $$

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