Date visited: 19th April 2012
AS and I stumbled upon this not-so-hidden gem in Monbulk by sheer luck one afternoon. We had planned to drive up to the Dandenong Ranges and have Devonshire tea at one of the berry farms like we had in the past.
We remembered that on the way up, we had passed a cafe - the sign for Award Winning Pastry Chef had caught our attention. We decided to turn back and have tea there.
We were greeted by the friendly Helena, owner and maker of all of the pies in the bakery. Now, the cafe closes at 4pm - we got there at 3.20pm, but Helena kindly assured us that she would not kick us out LOL.
There was a breakfast menu, a good range of gourmet pies (with ingredients such as oysters!!!) as well as beautiful desserts in the display counter. We were most curious about the award winning pie that had lured us in in the first place :D
|Wickedly Delicious rated No.1 pie|
Notice Williamson's Pie and Pastries in No.4 :)
I had previously posted some photos, but upon my second visit on 28th April 2012, MerlinFan noticed a sign that said to ask management if customers were going to take photos. I had missed the sign on the first visit, so out of courtesy to the cafe, I have removed the pictures.
I had a latte and AS had the tea. Good, strong coffee :)
I hadn't had lunch, so decided to share the Devonshire tea and a pie. The Devonshire tea came with two good-sized scones (you could pick from the regular, fruit or sticky date scone), cream, butter and two types of jams. We had a regular scone and a sticky date scone. The scones were really light and fluffy - the regular scone was nice, but the sticky date scone was amazing!
We enjoyed the pie so much, we decided to get the chicken and mushroom one for takeaway. Imagine our surprise when Helena presented us with a little something for being nice customers:
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Marinated mushroom & chunky steak pie, Chicken & mushroom pie (in bag), Honey lamb pie, Quiche lorraine, Sausage rolls
With the yummy food and friendly service, Wickedly Delicious (aka The Mountain Grande Tea Rooms) is a place that is definitely worth dropping in to if you're visiting the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, or even someplace you'd make a drive up for. The cafe is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and you might want to drop in early if you don't want to miss out on their award-winning pies (although we were told we could call in and ask them to set aside the pies).
Our cloud had a silver lining and I will love to come back again and try their Chunky Steak pie :)
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