Cafe Vue (red box, December 2008 edition)

340 Little Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
+61 3 9691 3899

I know I’ve said this 10 billion times and I know how sick everyone is of hearing about it but: MY WORK LOCATION SUCKS. Working on my end of William Street means that you are devoid of any cafe/restaurant that’s worth going to and so you’re left with dodgy cafes that serve soggy sandwiches and croissants that taste like paper. My mate Matty is currently doing his 4-week vacation program at a law firm which is also on William Street. Matt, however, is lucky because he works on the GOOD side of William Street which means that he’s only a short walk from Collins Street and Bourke Street eateries. If Matt wasn’t such a nice guy, I might even HATE him for being literally a two second walk from his office to The Trinity (otherwise known as Vue du Monde, Bistro Vue and Cafe Vue).

But Matt’s not a bad guy. In fact, he’s one of the nicest people you’d ever meet in a life time. He is so nice that he decided to buy me a red lunch box from Cafe Vue this afternoon, in awful weather, and deliver it to me at lunchtime. Isn’t that sweet of him?!

This is my first Red Box since May this year, and boy was I excited (hey shuddup, you’d be excited too if you had to work in my block!).

The December 2008 Box consisted of:

(A) Lamb Samosa. This was an item that featured in March’s lunchbox and I recall not particularly being impressed by it (it was just good, but not fantastic). When I took a small bite of this one today, however, I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. I’m not exactly sure whether the one I had in March was just a dud one, whether they’ve made some vast improvements on the filling or whether the lunches I’ve been having the past fortnight or so just taste so bad that anything tasted like gold in comparison. Doesn’t matter. The lamb samosa was surprisingly the best bit of today’s box.

(B) Smoked Salmon Sandwich. I was expecting a rather predictable accompaniment such as cream cheese, lox and dill but was surprised that my first bite was, in fact, rather sweet. I glanced at the printed menu that accompanied the box and found that Bennett had concocted a partnership of red pepper puree and radicchio leaves. Not being a fan of sweet sandwiches (but strangely a fan of salmon), I didn’t particularly find this a joy to eat. It was just too sweet for my liking and the pumpernickel bread just felt a little stale. Not stale stale but definitely older than 2 days, which isn’t something that you’d expect from any restaurant that had “Vue” in its name.

(C) Egg and Kipler potato salad. The salad, like most Vue salads I’ve tasted, did not disappoint. It wasn’t as good as the one I had in February but good enough. I particularly liked how the yolks were not quite hard, as I liked my eggs soft. I think there may have even been a hint of curry in the eggs which gave it a nice flavour too.

(D) Coconut macaroon with pineapple cream. Okay, I admit that I was way too stuffed to even eat my dessert. Yeah, I know, the box doesn’t look THAT big and everything, but whenever I have a lunch box I always feel so full. And considering that all I had prior to lunch was a slice of cake at 6:40am, a banana at 10:00am and a mug of god-awful Nescafe at 11:30am, that’s saying something. I ended up eating my dessert after dinner and although some of my macaroo got chipped away due to transit, it was still (mostly) in one piece and good to eat. Now I’ve never been a macaroon girl but I really did like this one. The biscuit was sickingly sweet but this was compromised by the slightly tangy pineapple cream and grated coconuts that covered the crust. A great way to cheer myself up after an hour-and-fifteen-minute trip home via Eastern (it wasn’t even during peak hour – HATE!).

Matt, who is currently on a vegetarian-hippie-freak phase, had a salad sandwich which is something that I wouldn’t buy at a cafe myself but he reckons that it’s the best salad sandwich he’s ever had and worth the $7.50 he paid for it. I was too full from eating my own food to have a bite of his, but after viewing the photo of it I have to admit that it doesn’t look half bad – and hey, no beetroot too! (hate beetroot)
Ludwig van Beethoven Matty Southwell enjoying “the best salad sandwich ever” (apparently)Now back to boring prepared-the-night-before salads and awful sushi for me! *sniff*
I eat too much.


  1. icesabre
    December 9, 2008

    William and Latrobe St suck in terms of food!!!!

    The only good thing about them is they’re in the city and only a quick sprint or train ride away from a Friday night drink.

    Goddamn, lucky you! All sounds yum except the Smoked Salmon sandwich.

    Grain Asia Prawn Dumpling Noodle Soup or Camy and David’s Dumplings or Fu Long if I’m lucky enough to get enough people to come with on a Friday for me. =(

  2. peach_water
    December 9, 2008

    Lucky you! getting delivered the cute little red box!
    My friend is working on Williams St.. I wonder if he can deliver it to my house? HAhaha. I doubt it. 😛

    The salad looks great 😀

  3. NeverBeBeat
    December 9, 2008

    it doesn’t look appetizing to me…:(

  4. jtngu8
    December 10, 2008


    Well, probably only the canned kind.

    What a sweet guy, Matty is to buy you lunch!

    Looking forward to critiquing HC food! x

    December 10, 2008

    @icesabre – 

    I can’t think of any decent places to have a drink on William/La Trobe except for maybe the Radisson, but it’s not that special…

    @peach_water – 

    Apparently Cafe Vue delivers to your office too but of course, you probably have to pay them $1311212132 bucks just so you can get your fix… hmmm…

    @ImSoAzNwAsHeD – 

    It was only $15, what did you expect? :p

    @jtngu8 – 

    Hmmm, I CAN eat beetroot but I try to avoid it as much as I can.

    Looking forward to Friday too! I hope you won’t get embarrassed seeing me take 10 billion photos of food to get one that is decent enough to put on xanga!

  6. icesabre
    December 10, 2008

    Did I say Train ride? I meant Tram ride hahaha, William and Latrobe and Queen is like on the sticks side of town, nothing but Office Buildings and Faglagstaff station. =(

  7. NeverBeBeat
    December 10, 2008

    ONLY 15$!? that buys a really good meal around here…


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