This is host Lisa Bilston’s 10th cafe so she knows her stuff , especially how to satisfy her hungry customers.
Hidden in this single fronted shop, is an intimate, relaxed venue with friendly, efficient service and a small but tempting menu.
It’s definitely a people business with the personal touch, prominent and well evident.
With white walls, high ceilings and lots of wood, Wild Toast is really homely.
There’s seating for about 32 inside, including a comfy bench down one side, a large communal table for 10, complemented tastefully by some small vases of flowers, four north facing window seats overlooking the street and another 6 seats in three tables out front.
Organic produce is used wherever possible at Wild Toast and the menu, while perhaps slightly smaller in the range of choices to many other cafes, had no shortage of temptations .
There’s the all-day breakfast such as pancakes with summer berries, pistachio and ice cream, mint, melon and pomegranate molasses with rose water labna, bircher muesli, smashed avocado with goats cheese, lemon and green tea salt on multigrain, egg and bacon Panini with tomato relish and the usual and expected egg choices.
Then there’s the lunch menu, with a Wild Toast daily chicken salad, Atlantic salmon fishcakes with rocket salad and lime aioli, pumpkin, goats cheese and onion tart with summers greens and olive salad, smoked trout salad with kipfer potatoes, capers, croutons and dill dressing, steak sandwich with oven roasted tomatoes, caramelised onions, rocket, aioli and a side of fries, a mezze plate and a choice of three pides/baguettes.
A soup of the day and three daily specials offers further enticements.
I enjoyed the warm Thai beef salad which was a good lunch size with the lovely combination of flavours delicious and (being personally a little adverse to fish sauce), not too overpowering.
If you have a sweet tooth room then leave some room, with a good selection of sweet treats on the front counter.
One of these might be the perfect companion for a cup of Toby’s Estate organic coffee, which in a quirky little touch, is served on a mismatch of old style china saucers.
I really liked my first experience at Wild Toast, a quaint and personal local Kew spot that in a low-key way, blends warmth, professionalism and good food.
I’m looking forward to visiting again.
Wild Toast: 234 High St Kew
Ph: 9855 0555
Open: Mon-Fri 7:30am – 4:30pm, Sat 7:30am – 4:00pm and Sun 7:30 am- 3:00pm