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Eating Out: Coin Laundry

This post was sponsored by Nuffnang I thought I might be the first blogger to blog about the Coin Laundry cafe, but Ashley beat me to it! Check out her review to see the pretty lattes, and her gorgeous photos. I wouldn’t have known about Coin Laundry if my work colleague Kaitlin didn’t tell me about...

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Eating Out: Coin Laundry
October 11, 2010

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Eating Out: Coin Laundry

This post was sponsored by Nuffnang

I thought I might be the first blogger to blog about the Coin Laundry cafe, but Ashley beat me to it! Check out her review to see the pretty lattes, and her gorgeous photos.

I wouldn’t have known about Coin Laundry if my work colleague Kaitlin didn’t tell me about it. When she first mentioned it to me, I thought it was going to be a spin off of the famous Machine Laundry Cafe in Hobart. I had high hopes, and hoped they didn’t rip off Hobart’s cafe idea.

It did in fact, used to be a fully functioning coin laundromat, and owners Steve Rowley and Matt Vero kept the name. The also did a fabulous job of renovating it! It’s set in the middle of suburbia, but it’s well worth tracking it down.

I took the day off work on Friday, and Hamsley and I headed down for lunch. We arrived at a good time, as tables were full, but there was still room on the large communal bench for us to sit. Moments later, people were waiting around for available tables to free up. The dining crowd consisted of all types; uni students, ladies that lunch, and a few oldies, out enjoying the Spring time air.

I wanted to eat pretty much everything on the menu (both breakfast AND lunch).

I saw the bananna bread with espresso butter arrive to another diner at the communal table, (3 generous pieces of bread on a nice wooden board with a large smear of espresso butter) and it looked just AMAZING. I’ll be back for breakfast one day soon, IF I can get a table on my next visit!

Since Coin Laundry is so new, I couldn’t find a menu online. Now you can all see all the delicious things you can eat, and drool like I did when reading it!

Hehehe… I loved the name of the chai. Thankfully, it was a good chai! Lovely vanilla based chai with honey. It reminded me of Bondi Chai’s vanilla honey flavour.

Every table receives a cute little water bottle with glasses. Hamsley ordered a freshly squeezed OJ, and it was so fresh and delicious!

Oh my god…. this was quite possibly THE BEST steak sanga I have ever had. The onion marmalade and beetroot relish just complimented the most perfectly cooked steak. I loved how much bread was supplied. I actually shared the bread with Hamsley. I was full about 3/4 of the way through, but just had to keep eating because it was just SO GOOD!

Hamsley had asked the waiter about this salad, and they explained it was quite a heavy salad, more filling that your average salad. He was right, Hamsley was easily filled up by this delicious salad. The flowery flavours of the rosewater really complimented everything. Chef Eddie Atkins, recently from Il Fornaio, really knows his stuff!

The dining atmosphere at Coin Laundry is fairly laid back, and just perfect for those lazy days. The wait staff are more than helpful, and the bright, airy dining area is so refreshing. I love how they display the daily specials on butcher’s paper over the door.

Oh! And the bill is presented very cutely too, no photo cos I paid at the counter.

My advice, get down there before it becomes too popular! Amazing food, great atmosphere, I can’t wait to go back! This is the kind of cafe I would like to open – middle of suburbia, serving amazing food that make people come out to that location especially for.

Check out The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s review. It backs up my steak sanga review, and has gorgeous photos!


58 comments on “Eating Out: Coin Laundry
  1. Allan

    the decor is pretty neat! love steak sangas! It seems like I’m gonna be having a lot of these: ooo this is the best I’ve had! =)
    too bad this awesome steak sandwich i had was in Bendigo…
    will definitely have to go try out coin laundry!!!

    October 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Hope you enjoy it when you have it then!

      October 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm
  2. Ladybird

    Looks great! I love the name 🙂

    October 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Love quirky, cosy places like this!

      October 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm
  3. Melbourne Mumma

    Great post and photos, as always! I’d heard of this place…it looks really good. Next time I’m heading across east I’ll definitely stop there for a coffee.

    October 11, 2010 at 9:19 pm
  4. kristy @ ksayerphotography

    When I saw the title for this in my reader I was like “nuffnang sponsored her to go to a laundromat? whaaaaat?” 😛

    Definitely a tastier and more stylish alternative to a laundromat 😛

    October 12, 2010 at 6:07 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      bahaha! that would be bizarre…
      thank goodness it was more tastier and stylish too! 😛

      October 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm
  5. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Such a great idea for a cafe, love it! The interior looks nice, I like clean styles like that with brick. The steak s/w looks so yummy. Love the name of the chai too 🙂
    Heidi xo

    October 12, 2010 at 7:28 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      hehe it’s a cheeky name, that’s for sure 😉 x

      October 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm
  6. lotsofcravings

    am really loving the different concept breakfast places melbourne has, they keep surprising me! now only i know where this is, time for some google map!

    October 12, 2010 at 7:32 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Me too! gotta love google maps!

      October 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm
  7. Armers

    KAwwwww, i was there yesterday getting a coffee! Hows that for freaky… To bad i didn’t have time to stop for food, maybe next time as it looks awesome!

    October 12, 2010 at 7:43 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      ahhh that is freaky!! I think you’d really enjoy the food there 🙂

      October 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm
  8. penny aka jeroxie

    Steak Sanga looks GREAT! And what a cute concept as well.

    October 12, 2010 at 9:24 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Tastes just as great too!

      October 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm
  9. Adrian @ Food Rehab

    This place does look tempting and that sanga, hello! One thing I want to taste is the French Toast Soldiers

    October 12, 2010 at 10:32 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      mmmmm I want to taste them too! oh yes please!

      October 12, 2010 at 8:07 pm
  10. Hannah

    Granola granola!! (I bet the one I just posted is bette,r though :P)

    I, too, want that banana bread with espresso butter, and I didn’t even see it sail past me…

    October 12, 2010 at 11:31 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      mmmmm granola!

      October 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm
  11. Ashley

    Just as you need to come back for breakfast, I think I need to go back for lunch! That salad looks delicious (and it doesn’t help I’m starving right now!)

    And sorry to steal your thunder. 😉

    October 12, 2010 at 12:10 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      haha, just as lucky I met you and found out how lovely you are…. or I woulda been annoyed! ;P haha

      October 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm
  12. petite carousel

    I love little cosy melbourne cafes like this!

    Will definitely go try this weekend =)

    October 12, 2010 at 2:43 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Me too! Let us know what you think 🙂

      October 12, 2010 at 7:55 pm
  13. Anna Johnston

    I do love a good quirky idea but not as much as an awesome dining experience, this one definatly sounds like its one to put on the list huh.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Yes, it’s one I’m looking forward to going back to again and again!

      October 12, 2010 at 7:55 pm
  14. Libby

    Dear God, this place looks so cute. I just HAVE to make my way down there in the next few weeks!

    Thanks for posting photos of the menu too – you did us all a BIG favour 🙂

    October 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Sure is cute! It’s such a shame when there isn’t a menu online! Glad I can help!

      October 12, 2010 at 7:55 pm
  15. deb (bearheadsoup)

    What a cute place! the food looks pretty fine too. Might have to plan a food excursion across town!

    October 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Isn’t it? I love cute places like this one!

      October 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm
  16. Celeste @ Berrytravels

    I’m loving how they have kept to the theme for the decor as well. Looks amazingly quaint and I’m going to try to get down there some time soon!

    October 12, 2010 at 9:13 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Yes, it’s a gorgeous place! Hope it’s just as good as when I was there 🙂

      October 16, 2010 at 4:18 pm
  17. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    Definitely looks like it’s worth driving out to, Shellie! That sanger looks good enough for even me to eat 😉

    October 13, 2010 at 12:13 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      hehe, sure is a great find 🙂

      October 16, 2010 at 4:19 pm
  18. Ellie (Almost Bourdain)

    So many nice places to visit in Melbourne. My to visit list is getting longer and longer.

    October 13, 2010 at 10:07 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Hope you pack an extra stomach Ellie 😛

      October 16, 2010 at 4:21 pm
  19. Sarah

    Every time I hear about this cafe I get the Lisa Mitchell song in my head…
    I may have to convince the boy to visit our old stomping ground to give this place a go – the area is lacking a little in really good breakfast places!

    October 13, 2010 at 10:36 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Lol, I didn’t even think about it… now it’s in my head.. ARGH! 😛

      October 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm
  20. Thanh

    Best steak sanga ever, that’s a big call. Does look delicious though.

    October 13, 2010 at 8:46 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Oh I know it’s a big call, but it was sooo good!

      October 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm
  21. Gabriel Hummel

    Sanga me stupid.

    That looks absolutely kick ass.

    Now I have a craving for cow flesh.

    October 14, 2010 at 7:18 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie


      October 16, 2010 at 4:24 pm
  22. April @ My Food Trail

    Haha, you went the steak sandwich and Hamsley went the salad!! Role reversal?! 😛

    It looks great, hubby loves a great steak sandwich so I’ll have to try it out!

    October 14, 2010 at 9:35 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      haha, yeah I was thinking the same thing. He was going to get a sanga too but decided to help me get variety for the blog… what a good boy 🙂

      October 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm
  23. Betty @ The Hungry Girl

    Yum! Everything looks so yummy, especially the steak sanga! I aspire to be a lady who lunches so that I can have delicious lunches like this everyday! haha

    October 14, 2010 at 11:41 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Ahhh… don’t we all aspire to be a lady who lunches? 😛

      October 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm
  24. msihua

    As I always say, I’m always on the hunt for great brekkie spots and this place looks amazing.. must get there soonish!

    October 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      I love cute breakfast places, need to get out more and try them!

      October 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm
  25. My Restaurants Melbourne

    Wow what a great find Shellie I’ll put this one on my list for next time I’m in the area.

    October 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Hope it’s just as good as my visit there!

      October 16, 2010 at 4:28 pm
  26. Soy @ honeyandsoy

    Wow, it’s definitely a sign of a great eating place when you want to eat everything on their menu. I love such places! I hope I get to try it in November when I’m in Melbourne.

    October 14, 2010 at 9:49 pm
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      Oh!! A trip to Melbourne! how awesome!

      October 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm
  27. GourmetGetaways

    Wow, it looks like everything is spot on, the decor the menu and the food. Your meals looked delicious and the banana bread with expresso cream, yum! The baked bean and feta cassoulet sounds pretty nice for breakfast, but I think I would have gone with the steak sanga for lunch too, yours looked awesome.

    October 15, 2010 at 6:01 am
    • Iron Chef Shellie

      I love places that have great decor and awesome food!

      October 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm
  28. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Wow, gorgeous place there! I love the Calmer Sutra chai too-it’s a wet chai and the flavour is just great! 🙂

    October 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm
  29. Angela (the diet book junkie)

    omygosh, banana bread with espresso butter??? that’s it, i’m moving to Melbourne. 🙂

    October 18, 2010 at 10:22 am
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