Hendriks Cafe is a welcome dining beacon in semi-industrial Mordialloc where you’ll find great coffee, even better food and friendly service in a warehouse that used to be a carpet showroom.
The space is bright and white, with floor to ceiling windows covering two sides of the building which resides on a corner block across from Woodlands Golf Club. There are smaller tables, numerous communal tables set high or low and prime position – the booth underneath the mural of Mr Hendriks himself telling us all to ‘work hard and stay humble’.
The menu is unexpectedly edgy for a suburban cafe, with notable Asian influences. I try the Indo fritters which is sensational in the combination of flavours and textures. There’s about five hand-shaped corn and zucchini fritters plus an oozy son in law egg nestled in a bowl of chilli sweet caramel and fried shallots ($17).
From the specials menu I also try the matcha pikelets. Four thin and small pancakes topped with a large serving of ginger cream, orange, strawberry and finger lime. I would have liked more spice in the cream given the other mild ingredients and the general lack of sweetness, but it is still a pretty and inventive dish.
The kids menu (which doubles as a colouring-in sheet) includes standard favourites and Baby 2.0 enjoyed his ham and cheese jaffle ($9) which came out super-fast.
For families there are also high chairs and a disabled toilet though no change facilities. Street parking is available though beware of residents’ access.
Hendriks Cafe has been named in Good Food’s list of Melbourne’s Top 50 cafes for 2016 and deservedly so. It’s sophisticated, modern and welcoming and a stand out in an area that doesn’t offer many great cafe options.
- Pram access;
- High chairs;
- Kids menu;
- Standard menu suitable for kids;
- Disabled toilet;
- free street parking.