258 Glen Eira Road,
Mon – Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat – Sun 7am – 4pm
Coffee: Dukes Coffee
“Glover Station was once a 1930s service station that has now been transformed into a surprising cafe fit out. Designed by Larritt-Evans, the final product is workable, modern and attractive in a way that still retains its historic roots. There is enough outdoor space for an army of dog lovers to enjoy brunch without being a pain for the non-dog owners. Inside is spacious and clean with the right touches of current ‘modern cafe decor’ that’s often found in new cafes. Yet, the heritage windows is the centerpiece that makes Glover Station fit out unique. Not only does it provide welcoming sunlight, but it beautifully ties-in the historic elements of this special premise.
Coffee has always been a strong front for Glover Station. Offering Dukes Coffee, my long black [$4] was of a good quality – smooth and sharp with slight fruity hints.
The all day brunch and lunch menu offers a number of choices for different appetites and tastes. Maybe too many choices for a weekend decision! The menu reads with some exciting offerings such as grilled and pickled mushrooms, smokey beans with goat curd and semolina gnocchi with a curried parsnip puree. JoJo, who was with us on this occasion, had elected for a healthier option – Bircher Muesli, roast plum, fig, honey ricotta and candied walnut [$17]. Looking quite exceptional with its food styling, the bircher muesli had a delightful depth of flavour that JoJo found quite satifying. Special mention had to go out to the roasted plums combined with the candied walnut – a power house of natural sweetness to the muesli mixture.
Instead of going for the ‘fancy’ brunch, I was looking for something more stable and well loved – Chili scrambled eggs on toast [$13] with Cured Salmon [$5]. The idea of adding chili to scrambled eggs is not a new, and yet this simple addition elevates ordinary scramble eggs to another level. Scrambled eggs has found a new lease on life and cafes have been lapping it up. Yet, on this occasion my scrambled eggs were way too moist. The chili element was lost in the moist folds, the chives were merely decorative and the cured salmon looked awkward on the plate. The composition looked appalling. It was mildly disappointing – not the worst I’ve eaten – given the other dishes were well executed well and tasted great.
Minus the scrambled eggs incident, Glover Station is a great brunch spot. They have executed the brunch vibe exceptional well with friendly staff, a well-managed floor, plenty of dining spaces and the coffee is great. Glover Station is a great summer cafe and can easily transform into a cosy in winter brunch spot. Make an effort to go, but skip the scrambled eggs.”
“It was a tough choice for our first official brunch review of the year. Do we head to the new, trendy cafe with the menu that seems a little on the unsatisfying size, and portions that looked like they could leave us hungry? Or do we go to the cafe with a strong following, interesting menu and portions to satisfy? On this occasion it was the latter, and we made our way to Glover Station in Elsternwick on a glorious Sunday afternoon.
It was peak brunch time (midday) when we arrived and I had brought my little pooch, Cookie to join us. This sprawling cafe had an immediately relaxed vibe to it, with a red brick courtyard out the front reminiscent of one of my favourite places in the northern suburbs – Lux Foundry. The building itself had a Tudor exterior but inside revealed a modern, clean design, made up of curved walls and white tiles.
Everything on the menu here looked really good, and I was trying to vicariously live through G, as I did my best to try and convince him to order the Otway pulled pork roll with fennel and apple slaw, a fried egg and Nan’s crackle [$16.50], while I settled on the Mango panna cotta, with coconut sorbet, papaya, coconut and GF muesli clusters [$20] due to its uniqueness on the menu.
I also ordered a Dukes Honduras Nelson Ramirez double espresso [3.50], which had a cocoa nose and a fruity and sweet finish. What I really enjoyed about my coffee was the coffee card, which didn’t just tell me about the blend (washed from the Chely farm), but it also told the personal story of the Nelson Ramirez and the care he takes into his coffee. Brilliant!
Our mains didn’t take too long to come out and I must admit, when I first saw my dish, I did have a concerned thought about portion size.
My first spoonful of coconut sorbet put me at ease though, knowing I was in for a treat. The mango panna cotta was a little on the soft side but was perfectly balanced with mango flavour. It wasn’t overly sweet or sugary, which made it palatable to the end. The paw paw was gorgeously fresh and had a lovely rich yellow-orange colour. Despite its light appearance, this dish was actually quite filling and I was satisfied by the end of it.
Last minute, G had changed his order to the Soup of the day, Burnham bakery brioche roll [$15] which was a pea and ham soup. It was pretty delectable looking and had been highly puréed. Despite being puréed the flavour was rich and full, nicely matched with the butter brioche.
Overall, Glover Station was a winner. Would I go back? Definitely. In fact, I wouldn’t mind at all going a bit out of the way to go there. Contrary to Mr LB’s opinion, Glover Station is a must visit brunch destination.”
Final thought: “Hearty, creative and trendy”