Are you craving authentic European cuisine in Geelong? Well, look no further than the charming Village Door Café on Pakington Street. At this family-run business, you will find a small taste of Europe, with hearty meals (based on their Croatian heritage), great-tasting coffee, sweets to die for and a warm and inviting atmosphere where visitors can go to share laughs, stories and an afternoon coffee on any given day, at any given time (within opening hours of course).
Boasting authentic home-made recipes with genuine European chefs from all different backgrounds, everything is prepared fresh in their kitchen and is made with love – a love of food, a love of creating and a love of bringing happiness to others through culinary delights.
Some picks from the menu include traditional items including Sarma (Cabbage Rolls), Krajnske Sausage, Ćevapi served multiple ways including with a traditional Balkan bread called Lepinja which is freshly made each week, a Ukranian/Polish specialty made in house called Pierogi (cheese and potato dumplings), Beef and vegetable Goulash, and an indulgent Gnocchi with special sauce.
Now, for those with a sweet tooth. We recommend tasting the traditional Croatian Cake called Madjarica, which is a layered cake that comes in two variations, chocolate or lemon custard, and their little Dutch pancakes (or poffertjes) which basically little balls of battery heaven, plus so much more sweets and treats. All these recipes have been handed down through generations, ensuring they deliver a homely and authentic European vibe.
While we can’t fault the menu, there are two items on it that absolutely have our hearts, and that their breakfast and lunch platters.
The ‘Ultimate Breakfast Platter’ boasts eggs your way, bacon, krajnski sausage, ćevapi, mushroom, tomato, beans, hash browns and dutch pancakes, with your choice of toppings, while ‘The Village Door Platter’ takes the problem of deciding on lunch right out of your hands with Ćevapi, krajnski, pita bread, chips, kupus salata (cabbage salad), garden salad, dips and sauces, with your choice of chicken or calamari. Honestly, we’d eat this every day if we could.
The aim at the humble Village Door Cafe is to locally source quality produce when possible, and they also love to support local, which is one of the reasons they serve Julius Meinl Coffee run by locally grown international soccer player Josip Skoko, tying in both the European theme and supporting a Geelong run business.
Ever-evolving and proving why they’re one of our favourites on Pako, they’ve just recently launched Village Nights, a casual affair, complete with cocktails, Balkan burgers, and appetisers. Kicking off from 5:30pm every Friday, you can dine in with their quick, simple and delicious menu as you welcome the weekend. Our favourite part has to be the happy hour specials with gorgeous cocktails such as their signature Kruskovac Spritz, or the esteemed Espresso Martini. Whether you’re there for Friday night knock offs, a quick bite before the footy, a catch up with mates, or a cosy place for date night — The Village Door is the place to be, every day.
The Village Door Cafe is located at 156 Pakington Street, Geelong West. Check them out on Insta, Facebook and via www.thevillagedoor.com.au
Written by Chloe Cicero