Have you ever been to Town and Country in Balwyn? The business has been here for a whopping 20 years – not too many cafes these days can stake claim on that! For the last five, it has been owned and operated by Danielle Grieve in partnership with two of her long-time friends.
Part café, homewares and nursery, Town and Country is a destination. Sitting on the Anniversary trail makes it a popular stop for walkers and the business thrives on locals who have been coming for years.
Its large and inviting street front with beautiful vines trawling the beams, makes it extremely dog friendly, on some days there can be as many dogs as there are people!
Double French doors lead you inside, where you’ll immediately notice the greenery creeping into the café. With beautiful plants hanging from the ceilings and walls, you could be excused for thinking you were in the nursery itself.
The modern all-day brunch centres around seasonal and local produce. Smashed avo is given a refreshing twist, served on fluffy Dr Marty’s crumpets with feta, pomegranate and a lemon puree that brings a much-welcomed zing! We were also lucky enough to try the mushrooms and gnocchi, which was a seasonal addition. Whilst it may seem like an odd choice for breakfast, I can confidently say I would order it over again. Herbed fluffy balls of gnocchi are served with mushrooms, brioche crumb, whipped fetta, confit shallot and a poached egg. It was the perfect balance of textures and the flavours were so complimenting without competing against each other.
On the coffee front, it’s our Estate blend served alongside single origins on rotation.
Earlier this year Danielle opened her second venture, Polly, which sits behind Balwyn village shops. Polly is very much the tiny little sister of Town and Country, offering a neat brunch but with the focus on take-home meals. Just minutes away from one another, why not pop into both?