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Mirepoix Fine Foods, Meredith (Victoria, Australia)

Being fifty-something, I know the value of making a snap decision when you spy an A-frame promo sign. How else do you get to suss out new things?

This afternoon, when Mr P and I went in search of a cuppa after a bush walk in the Steiglitz Historic Park, we drove 10km up the road to Meredith, a small on-the-highway town with a couple of pubs and takeaway places likely to be open on this Easter holiday.

Then I spotted the A-frame boasting “gourmet coffee” and arrowing off the highway. Mr P executed a scenic blockie and we arrived at Mirepoix Fine Foods, with its colourful flags aflying and its little lace-trimmed door akimbo. We’re so glad we did.

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Mirepoix is a newbie, only about 2 months old, and housed in a period style home. It has a quirky English-tearooms-come-nanna’s-front-room vibe. Think: leadlight bay windows, dark tea-for-two tables and chairs, ruby red decor accents, lace, more lace, floral carpet and chandeliers. I know. I know. But it works. And it’s a refreshing change to the industrial-come-skandi interiors of most other new eateries we’re seeing.

mirepoix fine foods, meredith, visit victoria, travel victoria, geelong, midlife, boomers,

mirepoix fine foods, meredith, visit victoria, travel victoria, geelong, midlife, boomers,

mirepoix fine foods, meredith, visit victoria, travel victoria, geelong, midlife, boomers,

mirepoix fine foods, meredith, visit victoria, travel victoria, geelong, midlife, boomers,

mirepoix fine foods, meredith, visit victoria, travel victoria, geelong, midlife, boomers,

Behind the jump today was a lovely lady (of a certain age) with a beautiful lilting voice and a smile bigger than Texas. She knew her stuff and was happy not just to serve, but to guide menu choices and chatter.

We found ourselves adding a MirepoixTasting Platter to our coffee order. Why not? Locally made free-range small goods, Meredith Goats Cheese, grilled kransky bites, housemade terrine, dip, daily salad and antipasto including pickled beetroot, with chunky sourdough bread. All for $16.50. (They’d run out of terrine so we opted for a changeout of spinach and bacon quiche. There’s also a vegetarian option with stuffed mushroom.)

The platter was fresh, tasty and generous.

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mirepoix fine foods, meredith, visit victoria, travel victoria, geelong, midlife, boomers,

The counter area groans with fresh baked goods and sweet indulgences. Today I spied honey joys (yes, honey joys!), muffins and slices. Mr P vacillated (endlessly) before deciding on a coffee and walnut muffin, while I honed in on the tea selection, singling out a peppermint tea, which came served in a lovely, larger-than-expected glass teapot.

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mirepoix fine foods, meredith, visit victoria, travel victoria, geelong, midlife, boomers,

The menu brims with local, fresh produce and is boosted with daily specials. It’s high-value with extremely reasonable pricing and generous servings.

Choices include:
Corn fritters with a fresh avocado salsa and house made  relish and side salad ($12.50 or $15 with a bacon side)
Sourdough toasties with various fillings ($6 – $8.50)
Bruschetta – sourdough toast smeared with olive oil and garlic, with diced tomato, red onion and fresh basil ($8 or $9 with fetta)
Eggs Benedict with wicked lashings of house made hollandaise sauce ($12).

We’re planning a return visit soon and highly recommend you give this little gem a try yourself. Especially if you love the sound of cheerful (sometimes singing) staff emanating from the kitchen while you chow down.

Can’t think of a better spot to stop when you’re travelling between Geelong and Ballarat, even if just for a coffee. Best to plan for an upgrade to a snack or even lunch, though. You won’t regret it.

Look for the A-frame on the highway.

mirepoix: [mir -pwah]  a flavoring made from diced vegetables, seasonings, herbs, andsometimes meat, often placed in a pan to cook with meat or fish.

Mirepoix Fine Foods
32 Staughton Street, Meredith, VIC
Ph: 03 5286 1264
Open: 8am – 5pm (closed Tues & Wed)

NOTE: This is NOT a sponsored post. We dined at our own cost.

Mirepoix Fine Foods Cafe on Urbanspoon

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