The Stables of Como in South Yarra is a gorgeous family friendly cafe located among the beautiful landscaped gardens of Como House, a 160 year old National Trust property just minutes from Melbourne CBD.
The cafe is housed in, you guessed it, the former stables of the grand mansion.
For a cafe that’s not on a high street or eating/shopping strip, The Stables of Como is one super-busy eatery. It’s a dining destination because of its pedigree – the group behind Eastern suburb favourites Porgie + Mrs Jones, Snow Pony and Friends of Mine are the people behind the interesting menu and friendly smiling staff.
If you go with a large group then expect to queue, but generally for 2-4 people you’ll be ok with especially if you sit at one of the outdoor picnic benches. If you have a pram or high chair you’ll most likely be seated outside as the inside area is a bit squashy. Don’t worry, the outside area is shaded and there are clear cafe blinds keeping most of the wind out. I spotted some outdoor heaters too though they weren’t turned on during our (rather chilly) recent visit.
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The attention to detail in the decor demonstrate the owners’ hospitality experience. The interior decoration is just as beautiful. Enamel pendant light shades, white bentwood chairs and elegant floral arrangements offset chalkboard walls, a back shelf groaning with colour-coordinated jars of produce…and one huge wooden bench beckoning you with glass-domed cakes, biscuits and pastries, like a grown-up version of a toddler’s birthday party lolly table.
The kitchen offers an all day menu. There is no kids menu as such though there is a junior ham and cheese sandwich ($7) and kids milkshakes ($4). Kids will also have fun with the provided simple crayons and paper – you just have to ask for it.
Much of the main menu is suitable for kids and Lady AB loved the paleo granola with coconut yoghurt ($18) and verbena scented tapioca pudding with fresh fruit and more coyo ($16).
My corn and zucchini fitter was full of flavour and quite spongy, topped with roasted cherry tomatoes, bacon and herby ricotta ($18).
After your meal explore the grounds of Como House for free (if you want to enter the mansion there’s an entry fee).
Or you can head out of the Como Avenue gates and play in the fenced playground at Como Park.
If you’re visiting Como House and Gardens but don’t fancy a sit-down meal, The Stables of Como offers picnic packs and you can even rent a croquet set, frisbee and rugs to loll on! What a beautiful way to spend a day.
Scoopon are currently offering an amazing deal where you can get high tea with free flowing mimosas for two people for $65! That’s a saving of 50%!
- pram access;
- high chairs;
- a few kids options on the menu;
- standard menu suitable for kids;
- crayons and paper if you ask;
- picnic packs available;
- disabled toilets with change facilities;
- receive 25% discount if you have an Entertainment (Formerly Entertainment Book) membership;
- you can enter either via Williams Road or Como Avenue (dead end);
entry to gardens of Como House are free;
- small fenced playground at Como Park at the end of Como Avenue overlooking oval;
- free on-street parking. Can be particularly busy if there are special events occurring such as the annual Paris to Provence French Festival; and
- Scoopon are currently offering an amazing deal where you can get high tea with free flowing mimosas for two people for $65! That’s a saving of 50%!
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