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Eclectic Tastes Cafe & Pantry

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2 Burnbank St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
+61 3 5339 3391
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Daylesford, Australia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have driven past this little old corner type shop for a few years but the other day stopped for a peak in and had a lovely lunch. I had orecchiette pasta with crispy pancetta, asparagus tips in a creamy cheesy sauce with soft poached egg in the middle. Absolutely delicious. My husband had the yum cha dumplings which he... More 

Thank Anne C
Glenlyon, Australia
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6 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This café was recently renovated and made "trendy." Unfortunately the service was dead slow and the food overpriced. My friend had the scallops - half a dozen small scallops with a bit of asparagus drizzled with a nondescript dressing for which she was slugged $24. I had pear and proscutto on sourdough toast with blue cheese. The toast was extremely... More 

Thank Snakewoman58
Management response:

Thank you for your feedback Snakewoman58. Your perspective is definitely not the face to face feedback we receive on a daily basis regarding those popular dishes on our menus, but all the same we thank you for your feedback. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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187 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had heard that Eclectic Tastes under new management had undergone a transformation. Yes indeed. New decor, new menu and some of the best coffee i have had in Ballarat. Lunch menu showing some modern takes on old favourites like the steak sandwich and BLT. I enjoyed the gyoza and noodle salad, while my dining companion had excellent seared scallops... More 

1 Thank Harry_Melbourne_Aus
Ballarat, Australia
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a perfect way to start your Sunday! Fabulous Coffee. Lovely service with a great atmosphere. The Eggs Benedict - Very tasty. Lots on the menu to try another time. We'll be backs

Thank Merryn_Em
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Travelled all over the country... Im a self taught barista... This place can make coffee... Most cant... Most only give you warm milk with no flavour... These staff have a coffee passion... Well done... Catch up with you next trip

Thank evilcruiser
Ballarat, Australia
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is no longer the quirky art feeling it is just black and very stark. Service left a lot to be desired and could not eat the food, the coffee was good and one gentleman was very pleasant the rest of the staff were very rude when pointed out that the wrong food was received. Will not be back.

Thank Karen B
Management response:

Thank you for your feedback Karen B. If possible could you please make contact with Jane 03 5339 3391. At eclectic Tastes we pride ourselves our on our customer service and I would like to find out more about your experience to ensure that it does not occur again. More 

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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

Great place to visit for lunch now it has been refurbished and under new management, it is very elegant, lovely food and excellent service. And the prices are extremely good for all budgets. I believe they will be opening of an evening as well very soon. So something to look forward to

Thank Virginia S
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167 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

New owners now but food is still good. Dumplings not as good their previous trademark dish but still very tasty. Atmosphere is not 'eclectic' now but rather lacking in atmosphere. Staff and service excellent.

1 Thank trurab
Victoria, Australia
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87 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

From the moment we walking in and had to choose what menu we wanted but if we wanted to order and eat now we could eat breakfast or we could have the lunch one but had to wait till 12 to get out food that was 40 minutes away so breakfast it was we had bacon egg Turkish bread it... More 

Thank monstarrocks
Management response:

Our breakfast menu finishes around 12pm with our lunch following on straight after until 3pm. We also do not have Turkish bread on our menu but we thank you for your feeback monstarrocks. More 

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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

I have been here 3 times and can't fault it in any of the times. It's out of town about a km and because of that parking is great I've had yum cha here it and was a light refreshing lunch perfect for me. The coffee is good and 7/10 for strong. Read a couple of reviews about bad service... More 

Thank Jack S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $24
International, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Burnbank St, Ballarat, Victoria 3350, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Ballarat
  • Phone Number: +61 3 5339 3391
A funky retro Café/Bistro boasting five rooms deckedout with junk shop treasures. Breakfast and lunch offers an Asian inspired menu.9am Monday- Friday.8am Saturday and Sunday

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