Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

PAGE 90 | GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE BAIRNSDALE A classic café with a fresh and spicy twist Since opening in Bairnsdale in November 2022, Classique Café has quickly gained a reputation for excellent service and fantastic meals, snacks, and coffee – all served in a warm and inviting space. Owner-managers Geoff Vernon and Duy Luu (Louis), take great pride in everything they do, right down to the café's comfy seating (inside and out), displays of fresh flowers and potted indoor greenery, perfectly crafted coffee, a delicious menu of sweet and savoury delights, and fast, friendly "service with a smile". The café has a stylish, quirky and welcoming ambience, with goldframed antique mirrors, a colourful logoed feature wall, and original artwork by local artist, Vikki Crozier, all supported by a relaxing musical soundtrack of memorable old classics. And for those looking to do a bit of work outside the office, there's even free wi-fi and a printing service available. Top-notch coffee From the very beginning, Louis and Geoff set out to "serve only the best quality coffee". To achieve this, they sourced premium Merchant Coffee Roasters beans, a top-notch coffee machine, a wide choice of milk options and, of course, heaps of love and passion from the cafe's expert baristas. To prove how confident they are of providing "the best quality coffee in town", Louis says "if you are not completely satisfied with your coffee, we will happily remake it at no extra cost, or refund your money". Other popular drinks available at the café include freshly squeezed juices and smoothies, a range of organic pot-brewed Mad Hatter Tea Co. teas, Suzie June Specialty hot chocolate, thickshakes, milkshakes, iced and soft drinks. Asian-inspired surprises When it comes to savoury, the Classique team prepares an array of Vietnamese-inspired surprises that deliver a fresh and spicy twist far beyond standard café fare. Classique's most popular meal – for breakfast and lunch – is Pho, a traditional Vietnamese, slow-cooked-chicken-broth soup, with either chicken or beef, on a bed of fresh flat rice noodles, and topped with spring onion, red onion, bean sprouts, chili, lemon, and coriander. To take it to the next level, it is accompanied by a blend of hoisin and chilli sauces. Other favourites include the zesty, genuine Vietnamese banh mi sandwich (Classique Roll), as well as rice paper rolls, sticky pork ribs, Seaside Scramble and more, all giving the full-flavored tastes of Asia. If you're after something a little more 'traditional', choices range from delicious toasties, sandwiches, rolls and focaccias, to eggs and avocado, smashed pumpkin, and – for something a bit lighter – cheese or fruit platters, packed with a variety of gourmet cheeses, salami, cold meats, olives, fresh seasonal fruits and crackers. Something sweet Classique Café also offers a range of house-made cheesecakes, yummy slices and muffins, and the famous Gold Coast Cookies that are "filled, loaded and heated – for that warm and gooey-cookie experience!". Classique Café is located at 26-28 Bailey St, Bairnsdale. It offers dine-in and takeaway, and is open every day from 7am - 3pm. To organise a function for up to 30 guests, call the Café on 0423 718 996 or email classiquecafeaus@gmail.com Classique Café in Bairnsdale has a stylish and welcoming ambience. Classique Café co-owner Duy Luu (Louis) takes great pride in providing a warm welcome and fantastic coffee. 0423 718 996 26-28 Bailey Street, Bairnsdale Open 7 days from 7am - 3pm | Dine in or take away • Comfortable surrounds • Footpath seating • House made cakes • Asian-inspired and traditional menu choices Top Notch Coffee at Classique Café PB13560

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