The Glass Den
15 Urquhart St, Coburg
We’re officially well and truly into party season now, which means lazy last minute weekend brunches are going to be few and far between until, like, February now. So when I realised I actually had time for a lady date yesterday morning with my bestie, I jumped at it. And even better, I finally got the change to visit The Glass Den, a cafe that had been on my radar and to-visit list since May.
The Glass Den is a beautiful, naturally lit space tucked into the grounds of old Pentridge Prison (built in 1850, opened for “guests” a year later, and closed for business in 1997), at the old D-division gatehouse. The menu is built around ethical and sustainable practices, with a heavy focus on vegetarian, vegan and organic options; super special-diet friendly! They do breakfast, lunch, fresh juices, St Ali coffee and cocktails (happy hour is a thing there!), but we met on Saturday morning for breaky.
It was the coconut hotcakes for my girl, with coconut mousse, toasted almond clusters, grilled banana and maple syrup, and it was just pretty as a picture…
And, thankfully, the hotcakes were every bit as delicious as they look! For me, it was the maple toasted muesli with natural yoghurt, berry compote and your choice of milk (soy for me), sans banana, because I hate that stuff. That’s a damn good bowl of muesli; lightly spiced, nice and crunchy, lots of juicy sultanas, and the berries and yoghurt were perfect with it. Deceptively big bowl, too.
The menu was incredible and inventive, and I wish there was more stomach space available to try more – the breakfast soba and the coconut ice cream with caramel popcorn both caught my attention. On top of the great menu, the service was friendly and quick, the cafe itself is gorgeous, plenty of parking available, and definitely somewhere I’ll be visiting again. And the best part is that they’re open daily, so if you manage to get a quiet morning between now and Christmas, they’re gonna be there for you whenever you need! Have a great week, kids 🙂