Location: International Terminal, Melbourne Tullamarine Airport
Sun – Sat: 6am – 1:30am
Coffee: 5 Senses
“Gearing up for a trip to sunny (or in reality, very wet) Thailand I couldn’t bring myself to go passed the opportunity to finally try out the food at Cafe Vue at Melbourne’s International Terminal. Time has passed so quickly, with the Vue De Monde spin-off cafe opening it’s doors back in 2011, lifting the standard of food and coffee in our fair cities departure lounges. The international terminus now boasts home to Little Ludlow (by Ludlow Bar & Dining Room), and Bar Pulpo by Movida.
Time was of the essence and I was cutting it fine to make it passed the security gates and immigration, but I went out of my way to get my morning cup of 5 Senses coffee and a Cafe Vue Airline Breakfast Box – breakfast sandwich with ham hock, Bircher muesli, fresh seasonal fruit and pastry [$18]. I was advised that the breakfast box would take ten minutes to be prepared, but what I didn’t realise was the Cafe Vue had a sister cafe on the other side of the security gates, where I could have picked up my breakfast on my way to the terminal gate!
I couldn’t help myself and also purchased six macaroons for $15 (normally $3 each), selecting from their beautiful array of choices; two pistachio and berry, one rose, one raspberry, one passion fruit and one lime – for the flight of course!
Breakfast was tightly sealed and I took it beyond the gates before I sat down at the flight gates to feed my ravenous stomach.
My coffee was a beautiful strong soy latte that was quite satisfactory for something experienced at the airport. I was appreciative that there was somewhere to come for a good drop when popping in and out of the country for my travelling adventures.
The bircher muesli was beautiful but a little runny on the surface. The almonds, muesli, honey and yogurt made a beautiful combination that was both healthy and delicious. The mini takeaway noodle box presentation was gorgeous. It struck me as a little unpractical with doubts of how liquid-proof the packaging was. Next up were the petit spices of fresh fruit. Seemingly garnished with some parsley and a light dressing there was a strange flavour that lingered on the rockmelon, but untraceable on the other pieces of fruit, which cleansed the palate in preparation for what promised to be the highlight of the box – the breakfast sandwich.
Biting through the brioche bun revealed the buttery and sweet flavour combination against the contrasting savory flavours of aged cheese and some sort of ham-hock pate. It was delicious! The bread was a little dryer and denser than what I would have liked but it didn’t stop me from feeling smug about my breakfast choice on my way out of the country. The pastry that was provided was also a little drier than I would have liked, and I felt myself feeling full and satisfied after the previous items.
Overall I enjoyed my breakfast box at Cafe Vue. The menu and food are designed so that it can be taken through security (if need be) and onto a plane. The dryness of the pastry and pastry-like components of the meal could possibly be as a result of the recipe adjustments required to make food taste delicious at high altitudes (our taste buds are effected, after all!).
Cafe Vue provides a trendy, relaxed environment to hang out while you wait for your flight with a good cup of coffee to keep you company. The menu options include a sit down breakfast or an on-the-run option that caters for the major populace of travelers. So the next time you’re off on an international adventure factor in the extra time to sit down, relax and enjoy the start of something good.”