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Weekend Cafe Hot Spot: Wilbur’s Cafe Bar, Hackett Shops

By Samara Gentle - 13 September 2014 0


This week I ventured slightly north to Hackett Shops and a cute little cafe/pub called Wilbur’s (I’m already taken with the name).

It’s a Friday morning and there are a number of people already here when I arrive at about 9:15am. They’ve clearly built up a loyal following with their locals which is always really nice to see with local businesses.


I take a quick peruse of the menu and then order at the counter before taking a seat. The menu is a nice standard breakfast menu with muesli, french toast, omelette, eggs benedict, big breakfast etc.

This week I decided to try for something different again and went for the french toast with bacon and a flat white.

My coffee turned up before my breakfast and was just the right temperature, I’m not sure what coffee beans they use but it was a nice creamy coffee with no bite or bitter aftertaste.


Then my meal turned up and I have to say it’s the first time where the bacon has been cooked perfectly to my liking! It was so lovely and crunchy which is exactly how I like it, you know that cusp just before it becomes burnt, it was that and PERFECT. I’m still drooling thinking about it.


The french toast was delicious, cooked just right and drizzled in yummy maple syrup. I devoured the whole thing very quickly.

I still can’t stop thinking about the bacon. It was bacon perfection.

The general vibe of the cafe is really warm and welcoming. There were lots of groups of people chatting and the noise levels were loud, not ‘can’t hear myself think’ loud, but loud like at a family dinner where everyone is just enjoying their conversation and the excitement brings the pitch up a level.

The sweets cabinet was another delicious looking one, and I noticed that had some special kids treats such as frog in a pond (freddo in jelly) giving a good indication this place welcomes families with children.


There was heaps of seating both indoors and outdoors and to me would be a great place to have a family breakfast catch-up with a large group of people or you can easily keep it a more intimate breakfast for two.

I would happily come back here just for the bacon.

Mmmm… bacon.

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