Sunday, September 20, 2009

Stokers Coffee Lounge

Location: 1033 Heidelberg Rd, Ivanhoe 3079
Cuisine: Dessert, Pancakes
Visit Time: Saturday, 9.30pm
Reviewed by: Listress

Visiting Stokers Coffee Lounge in Ivanhoe was totally on a whim. Having no idea where this place was or how to get there, the drive was an adventure and so was discovering the little shop in the middle of nowhere. "Is it open?" was the first thing I asked. But no fear, Stokers is open daily for dinner until 2am.
Walking inside, I am impressed by the retro decor. Be prepared to be transported back in time. A clock that's meant to be read backwards adorns the wall. The floor is laid with wooden floorboards and the fireplace in the centre of the room is as much a part of the decor as it is meant to keep you warm on a chilly winter night. The kitchen is open and the smell of cooking pancakes on the stove makes the ambiance of Stokers warm and inviting.

Two couples on a double date, we're ushered inside to a small intimate table of our choice. It's not busy yet, but there are a lot of staff on hand to take your order. The prices range from $10-$13 and we try the Fresh Strawberry Pancake. One of the boys orders a coffee. While there is nothing much to rave about the coffee, the pancakes come to us in hot plates. The sides are crispy, the pancakes sweet and the strawberries fresh. A small scoop of ice-cream is just enough to make it a complete dessert.

(I was so busy eating, I didn't take any pictures. Images from Google)

As we leave, the place begins to fill up and I witness customers crawling out of taxis and slide gratefully into Stokers for a midnight sweetener.

Expect to wait more than 30 minutes on busy nights and make sure you bring cash, it's a cash only business, but then again, that is just part of the old-fashioned appeal.

Overall Impression: 9/10

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