We all know Melbourne is famed for its coffee, and lately the trend has spread further out and reached the rural–urban fringe. I heard about The Lilydale General a while ago, from a former employee who spoke so highly of the venue, but I didn’t get a chance to visit this outer eastern suburb until the weekend. It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that such a well run cafe exists in what once was a coffee baren area, considering the owners have links with the famed Kitty Burns in Abbotsford. The Lilydale General excels when it comes to the venues overall vibes, and the attention to detail by staff.
It’s actually located at the base of a rather modern two storey building in the industrial area, which is surrounded by white picket fencing. Inside you’ll find ample seating, a large green and white tiled bar, and a very welcoming team that echoes the venues overall vibe.
The Menu is loaded with seasonal ingredients, and offers all day breakfast options like Toffee Apple Porridge; Garden Greens with coconut amino & Flax dressing; Mushroom Toast; and the Bowl Baked Hot cakes with poached rhubarb & White chocolate ganache. Lunch is served from 11:30am, and features the Mac Daddy Burger with a house made beef patty; Hail Caesar Salad; and Raw Vegan Tacos with Mexican spice walnut mince. They also have some delicious cakes and slices behind the glass cabinet, including traditional Vanilla Slice, and a selection of tarts.
Coffee is roasted by Axil, with both a seasonal blend for milk based coffee, and single origin beans for black coffee. It was sheer delight spotting an Ethiopian natural on the menu. This grade 1 natural has long been a favourite of mine, so it was no surprise I ordered seconds. The barista obviously knew her craft to a tee, my cup was loaded with fruit flavours, from strawberry, and pineapple, right through to juicy apricot.
The Lilydale General
110 Beresford Road