CoffeeHead II is a trendy cafe in Frankston only a short walk from the beach. It is a new branch of the CoffeeHead cafe in Camberwell and prides itself in offering inner-city quality food and coffee in an outer suburban location. It is located in the new Quest building (the stylishly revamped Peninsula Towers).
The cafe has quickly become popular in the area with the local professional crowd. I have enjoyed coffee there a number of times and was fortunate to eat breakfast there recently. I found the cafe lived up to its reputation. Meal prices are reasonable and range from $7 to $20. There is also a good range of homemade muffins and slices including gluten free.
An exciting menu
The breakfast/lunch menu is somewhat different to the traditional fare and has a multicultural feel. Japanese-style panko eggs with miso, bok choy and rice are a popular speciality. The menu also includes tapioca pudding with poached pear and ginger syrup. There is also range of specials, which change regularly.
Preferring something more mainstream, I ordered salmon and eggs with rocket on English muffins topped with beetroot relish. I found the dish far superior to the similar eggs Florentine. The beetroot relish was a highlight which along with the rocket gave the dish a rich flavour. The eggs were perfectly cooked with oozing golden yolks.
My husband enjoyed French apple hotcakes with macadamia butter, homemade blueberry compote and vanilla ice cream. The hotcakes were disappointingly small but along with the macadamia butter, abundant berry compote and mint they were delicious. The taste of the ice cream was delicate with a creamy texture.
The coffee was on the strong side but had a satisfying, well-balanced flavour and appealing presentation. A range of speciality coffee blends is on offer.
There is accessible entrance to the back of the cafe via a side door in the Quest foyer. The back area is reasonably spacious and would allow for a scooter or wheelchair. Access to the rest of the cafe requires negotiation of one step at the front entrance or two from the rear area. There is an accessible toilet nearby in the Quest foyer. If steps are out of the question, however, I would recommend reserving a table at the back during busy weekend brunch times. For those who have a vision impairment or other disabilities and require assistance with tasks, I have found staff willing if you need help. The manageress in particular always make me feel welcome.
The cafe is undoubtedly one of the best in Frankston and well worth a visit if you are in the Peninsula area.