Hendriks Cafe is a surprising find in semi-industrial Mordialloc – it’s a cafe serving great coffee, even better food and friendly service in a warehouse that used to be a carpet showroom.
The space is bright and white, with floor to ceiling windows covering two sides of the building which resides on a corner block across from Woodlands Golf Club. There are smaller tables, numerous communal tables set high or low and prime position – the booth underneath the mural of Mr Hendriks himself telling us all to ‘work hard and stay humble’.
The menu is unexpectedly edgy for a suburban cafe, with notable Asian influences. I try the Indo fritters which is sensational in the combination of flavours and textures. There’s about five hand-shaped corn and zucchini fritters plus an oozy son in law egg nestled in a bowl of chilli sweet caramel and fried shallots ($17). I’m told the serving suggestion is to break the egg and then to pour the yolk and sauce all over the fritters, though personally I prefer to keep the fritters super-crunchy.
From the specials menu I try the matcha pikelets. Four thin and small pancakes topped with a large serving of ginger cream, orange, strawberry and finger lime. I would have liked more spice in the cream given the other mild ingredients and the general lack of sweetness, but it is still a pretty and inventive dish.
Hendriks Cafe has been named in Good Food’s list of Melbourne’s Top 50 cafes for 2016 and deservedly so. It’s sophisticated, modern and welcoming and a stand out in an area that doesn’t offer many great cafe options.