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The Drop In Boronia

"It’s just a jump to the left. And then a step to the right"…. I felt like I’d stepped into a time warp while in Boronia this week. Admittedly, I am a dreamer, so when I discover a café that has me reflecting on the beauty in history, and traditional hospitability, I revel in it. The ‘Drop In Café’ in Boronia does exactly this, and it’s all thanks to Alpa Patel. Alpa was inspired by her grandmother, when as a child; Apla remembers her being the provider of a home that was open to all, with cakes waiting to be devoured, and the aroma from large pots of masala chai infusing the room. The Drop has a Parisian, eclectic, and bohemian feel, with an eclectic mix of collectables and treasures from the yester-years. Homemade cakes presented under vintage cloches adorn the display cabinets, and a drinks trolley holds the range of alcohol beverages on offer. The menu presents a simple yet wholesome breakfast and lunch menu, as well as High Tea. It’s ingenious, considering the venue has no commercial kitchen, and Alpa is known to use produce brought in from locals. Think Turmeric Eggs served with crispy Malaysian roti; and ‘Mexicorn’ fritters with house taco seasoning. I couldn’t resist the Butterfly pea flower tea, which had a theatrical twist. The Drop is more than a café. It’s a healing space, with lots of heart, and an operator who treats it like her home. No wonder I lost track of time here! Find The Drop at 5/260 Dorset Road, Boronia.

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