Hailing from the likes of Sardi and Muharam Cafe, co-owners Sarah Whitefield and Dimitri Dean have moved on to their latest venture in the cafe industry: Trei, meaning third. Despite having only been open for a month, the place has already garnered the attention of cafe-goers all over, causing them to flock out east to Glen Waverley.
Being long overdue for a catch up, Laura and I decided to go get breakfast at this health-focused cafe before I headed off to work. Just a 5-minute walk up from Syndal station, it was a lot more convenient for us to get to than some other cafes outside of the CBD area.
One of the more not-so-clean options on display 😛
We arrived to find the place unusually packed for a weekday. But luckily there was already a table open when we got there. Looking back, I’m surprised that I had not noticed the resemblance between here and Sardi earlier: the decor, the chairs, the little sugar containers on the table with the wooden lid on top.
TREI Granola $13.0
At first I was tossing up between getting either the coconut hotcakes or the granola bowl. I decided to go with the granola and for something so simple, it turned out to be one hell of a dish. When it came out, Laura and I couldn’t help but gush over how pretty the presentation was. Like a little forest garden. And how amazing does that side of yoghurt panna cotta and cranberry poached pear look?
The waitress even asked me about my milk preference (health-conscious, see?) and then proceeded to bring me my regular milk in the cutest little milk jug to pour in with the granola. Altogether the dish tasted even better than it looked! So much crunchy and fruity goodness in one bowl ?
Banoffie French Toast $18.0
Apart from the price, this french toast was faultless. Brown and crispy on the outside with a decadent amount of drizzled dulce de leche. The inside was soft and creamy with custard creme spread across the bottom of the plate, fruits adorned on both sides and cookie crumbs to top it all off. Probably the best french toast that I’ve had in a long long time.
A selection of gluten-free bread, salads and even pana chocolate bars were available at the display cabinets. I probably would’ve picked up an avocado brownie out of curiosity for myself if our meals hadn’t been so filling!
“Hello. Is it me you’re tipping for?”
Needless to say, I am glad to have found a new gem that’s also closer to home. With great healthy options on the menu that I have yet to try (such as the açai or nourish bowl), Trei will most likely be a place that’ll see me coming back all summer long.
A little cafe with a big heart. A must try for health-focused foodies!
232 Blackburn Rd,
Glen Waverley VIC 3150