Chadstone Road has tended to serve as a thoroughfare between the busy Princes Highway where Chadstone Shopping centre begins, and Waverley Road. This leafy green residential strip has been crying out for its very own café for years. When space became available, Jimmy and Sue jumped at the chance to open The Valley. Hospitality is in their blood, both have worked in the industry all their lives, with Sue formerly at Limonatta in McKinnon, and Jimmy working at multiple cafes and restaurants, including Il Solo Posto, and his parents own “Olive Tree” in South Melbourne.
They named The Valley after the historical name of this area, which was once known as Malvern Valley. The couple gutted out the whole premises, and upon ripping up the floating floor, discovered its original tiles from the 1950s, which they decided to preserve. Jimmy lined the ceiling with lining boards; and installed white pinstripe on blue vinyl sofas that give the space a touch of elegance. It’s not only warm and inviting, but it really does feel like you are visiting a friends place at The Valley; and the friendly natured staff accentuate that warmth.
The menu is modern Australian, with breakfast and lunch options that cater for gluten intolerant folks like myself. Breakfast consists of Breaky rolls with eggs, crispy bacon, and tomato relish; the Glow Bowl with Sautéed kale, quinoa, seeds, and a Japanese dressing; and Mojo Muesli. Brunch and Lunch options include Smashed Avo with marinated feta and beetroot relish; Spanakopita (Spinach and cheese pie); and Smoked Salmon Rillettes on chia sourdough.
Coffee is roasted by Cortado Coffee in Thornbury, and their custom blend is comprised of beans from Colombia, Brazil, and India. My long black had that quintessential Italian espresso profile.
75 Chadstone Road East