Go West Woodlea Rockbank - 18

Go West is a new cafe from restaurateur Jason Jones and unusually for a man who normally operates inner city eateries, he has expanded to Melbourne’s outer north-west to Woodlea estate in Rockbank.

Woodlea is currently only a display village now but if you’re in the area visiting the awesome adventure playground then you must make a pit stop at Go West. And yes, it’s named after the Village People song :)

Go West, Woodlea, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

The cafe is bright and cheery, featuring marine hues, light wood and pendant lights.

Go West, Woodlea, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

Go West, Woodlea, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

There’s plenty of room to park a pram or a high chair, especially around the communal table.

Go West, Woodlea, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

Baby 2.0 felt utterly comfortable in the space, taking off his shoes and strutting around like it was his lounge room.

Go West, Woodlea, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

Go West, Woodlea, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

Other family friendly features include a change table in the disabled toilets and I’m told that colouring-in will be available soon (if not already). And of course there’s the playground!

The menu will change every season and at the moment is split into pastries and toasty things, healthy options, brunch dishes. Lunch is from 12 onwards with burgers, piadini, sandwiches and gloriously fresh salads that do not contain a skerrick of limp lettuce. Think more of something out of an Ottolenghi cookbook.

Go West, Woodlea, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

I had the Breakfast Super Salad bursting with nutritious broccoli, peas, mint, kale, seeds, quinoa, avocado, smoked yoghurt and a poached egg ($17.90).

There is a small kids menu with standard favourites such as toast, homemade sausage rolls. However, Baby 2.0 became obsessed with the packets of Il Migliore muesli adorning the tall providore shelf at the entrance so we asked for a small serve of muesli for him. A generous portion came beautifully adorned with fresh berries and to my surprise they only charged $6.90 for it.  

Go West, Woodlea, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

At lunch time the glass counter fills up with more beautiful salads. I highly recommend you grab a takeaway container – for $18 you can choose three salads and the portions are generous. I managed to avoid cooking for 3 consecutive meals by combining salads with some form of protein! Look for roasted eggplant (my favourite), roasted cauliflower, chickpeas and wild rice.

Go West, Woodlea, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

Coffee is made with Melbourne’s Rosso beans….

Go West, Woodlea, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

….the cakes and homemade musk sticks are tempting for young and old…

Go West, Woodlea, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

….Addie’s lemonade scones are delightfully fluffy and served with an oh-so-cute pot of Bonne Maman jam ($8.90).

Go West, Woodlea, 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

While Woodlea’s playground is on par with the adventure playgrounds built in other new residential developments (like Riverwalk, Harpley Estate and Saltwater Coast), Go West is what gives Woodlea a competitive edge. The cafe is so good that it makes the perfect playground and cafe adventure and I’m excited to return to experience more of their menu.

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HOT Tips:

  • Pram access;
  • High chairs;
  • Change table;
  • Kids menu;
  • Standard menu suitable for kids;
  • Colouring-in coming soon; and
  • Excellent playground across the road.

Go WestWoodlea 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Rockbank

Mon to Sun 8am–4pm

 

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