Crackerjack Waterfront Cafe – 4/1N Nepean Hwy Seaford VIC

Posted: January 6, 2015 in Brunch
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A little while back Katie and I caught up for lunch/brunch with Paul and Ness on the way back from some house hunting. Ness suggested Crackerjack Café right on Carrum Beach as it was hot as hell and they were headed to the beach anyway. Crackerjack is located in the new Carrum bowls club, and the name stems from the fact that some of the scenes from the movie “Crakerjack” were filmed here. Anyway, so the café is up stairs and has been designed to make the most of the view – you get uninterrupted views of the bay and the beach here is also pretty nice. We organised to meet at the café but didn’t think to make a booking – unfortunately when we arrived there were no tables inside. It was a very hot and windy day, the conditions weren’t the best out on the deck – our menus were blowing all over the place. Thankfully the friendly waitress did mention that it shouldn’t be too long before a table was ready and we could order our meals and then move inside when a table became free. We didn’t have to wait too long and we were soon inside in the air-conditioned comfort ordering our meals.


Paul and Ness were looking at the lunch items and Katie wanted a few of the smaller plates – I had skipped breakfast however so I really felt the need for eggs of some description. I ended up ordering the crackerjack big breakfast which was quite nice, it comes with your choice of two eggs, tomato, mushrooms, spinach, bacon, chipolata, hash brown and hollandaise sauce pretty standard big breakfast – however I only realised on the drive home that they forgot to give me any bacon – I must have been effected by the heat to not realise that… Oh well, and if I didn’t notice it during the meal then it can’t have been too badly missed – that or I was distracted by the great conversation and company (More likely).

I liked the addition of the hollandaise, not so much for the eggs – since mine were scrambled – but to dip the hash browns in, quite tasty actually. The breakfast itself as a whole was average, the eggs were over cooked and a little dry and the chipolata was dead and rubbery. I’d probably go poached eggs next time to be safe and the hollandaise would make sense then. The hash browns were the frozen kind, they were the ok I guess, but not winning any points here. The mushrooms were uninteresting and could have used some herbs or seasoning although the spinach and tomato’s were both quite good and well seasoned. To be honest, it was standard suburban breakfast fare – I make it better myself at home and it doesn’t cost me $22, however I don’t have the view and it’s nice to have someone make it and then clean up. I should mention that everyone else enjoyed their meals, so I guess mine could have just been the odd one out – but then no one was raving about it afterwards. Would I go back? Probably, but I wouldn’t go out of my way.

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