Follow the Leader

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Follow the Leader is a leader in Ripponlea

“The Food Dude keeps his culinary ear to the ground and hears a rumour that the little stretch of shops and cafes on Glen Eira Road near the Ripponlea train station are worth investigation and he finds…”

A recent addition to this quaint little shopping and eating strip, Follow the Leader is fast becoming a popular and vibrant meeting and chatting spot further contributing to the eating and coffee culture developing in the area.

Dynamic, young owner Michael Dunne, who has been in the coffee and cafe industry for 15 years,  enough time to know what patrons look for these days, has baptised his first cafe with all the requirements. Very tech savvy himself, he has ensured each table has access to a power point for laptops and mobile phones, free Wi-Fi (which he considers essential) and even printing facilities are available! As well as plenty of reading material for reading glass toting mature guys like me.

It’s trendy, but simple and comfortable inside. An outside courtyard is available for retreat on the few warm sunny Melbourne winter days ahead, facing North so it captures all available sunlight, one of its features is a hanging herb garden which the kitchen utilises.

A high level of friendly service and affordable and quality food are his badge of honour, with easy lunch specials from as little as $5 to $10, great coffee dispensed by competent baristas, and all fresh ingredients sourced locally; such as eggs, bread and those scrumptious cakes and biscuits that are all home made in house.

The Breakfast Menu extends from the simple freshly made French Baguette with homemade jams to Organic Porridge, French Toast, Corn Fritters, Sweet Potato Hash, Eggs Benedict and more, from $8 to $17, or you can have a simple ‘Breakfast Your Way’ which for only $10 you can have your eggs any way you want with a choice of a Sourdough, Pumpkin & Soy Seed Rye, Baguette or English muffin.

For the budget conscious or weight watchers, lunch is offered in a novel and extremely economical way! A choice of $5 items for the light eaters such as Dips, Chicken Pate, Carprese Salad or a Lamb Cutlet, and for $10 you have a choice of; F.T.L. Burgers, Vietnamese Chicken Roll, Caeser Salad, to the Baguette of the Day. You can splash out and go for a lavish Steak Sandwich, Pasta of the Day, Veal Schnitzel or Fish of the Day for $18 or $19.

Michael was inspired by his previous experience in old school cafes and tea houses where customer service is paramount and reasonably priced – healthy food was essential.

All in all, Follow the Leader is well worth following whenever you are hankering for an affordable but delicious bite for breakfast or lunch in the lovely, quiet Ripponlea area!


Follow the Leader

65 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea

Open for Breakfast & Lunch, Mon to Sun – 7am to 5pm

Phone: (03) 9530 0415

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