The Penny Drop started their business from a little coffee pop-up in Box Hill.
Once, they’ve established their brands and got acknowledgement from food lovers, they expanded from a small coffee shop to the spacious brunch spot in refurbished ATO building on Whitehorse Road, Box Hill.
We’re glad to be able to have dine in experience in The Penny Drop, Box hill.
The cafe is located conveniently in the busy street and easily accessible by Tram, Train and private vehicles.
As soon as we arrived, we’re welcomed by the friendly customer staffs.
Loved the interior design, it was very clean, bright, minimalist and modern.
The vibe and atmosphere were cosy, we could stay there hour and hours enjoying the vibe and coffee.
We started our food journey by having Cappuccino and Matcha Latte.
Both Cappuccino and Match Latte were fantastic and the taste was balance and above the average.
No wonder why the cafe is always busy though it’s not a lunch time when we’re there.
We’d like to have both experiences having brunch and dinner menu, we ordered:
– Mr.Ssam Benedict
Mr.Ssam Benedict was nicely presented and very appealing with the stand out soft shell crabs and the bright colours from pancake.
It’s a fried soft shell crab, spring onion pancakes, bean shoot salad, poached eggs with kimchi hollandaise.
The soft shell crab was perfectly deep fried and well seasoned. It wasn’t oily or greasy.
The poached eggs and pancake were both perfectly cooked. Inside the soft pancake, you could find the bean shoot salad inside.
If you’re not a big fan of fresh vegetables taste, this dish might not for you because the bean shoot salad taste was slightly strong.
The dish had rich flavours, mixed sweet, sour and savoury when you eat them together.
It’s very interesting brunch menu concept which is similar to Banh Mi on brunch style in the pancake.
For us, it’s just a unique, fantastic dish and definitely recommended!
– Smoked Salmon Risotto (special menu)
Served with king prawn, rocket, fennel, okra and Parmesan.
The Risotto rice was perfectly cooked, the taste by itself was pretty light and wasn’t too creamy.
The Penny Drop used an interesting option of vegetables – Okra used on this Smoked Salmon Risotto.
Surprisingly, it goes perfectly with other components; The light taste of risotto and okra would balance the strong taste coming from smoked salmon, crab and Parmesan.
Interesting approach, well executed!
– Matcha Pancake
It’s a coconut gel, yuzu pearl, matcha ganache, chocolate soil, pure maple and fresh fruit.
The dish was nicely presented and very appealing with the green matcha colour and many different textures from the fresh fruits.
The pancake itself was perfectly cooked, fluffy and slightly thin compared to other pancakes we’ve ever had.
The yuzu pearl and fruits gave an acidity and sourly flavours.
Maple syrup drizzled on top of the pancake to add sweetness on overall taste.
We reckon it’s better to give an additional maple syrup on the side because for a sweet lovers, the pancake wasn’t sweet enough.
Honestly, we hardly tasted the matcha flavour, it was really light!
However, it’s still a good finishing dessert and surely will make your day brighter!
Overall, we had great time having late brunch in The Penny Drop. Good coffee and great food!
We’ll definitely come to this cafe when we’re around Box Hill !!
Note: We’d like to say thank you to The Penny Drop’s team for the invite.
Disclaimer: Honest opinions expressed here are purely on our own and are based on our experience at that time.
Yay: Smoked Salmon Risotto, Mr.Ssam Benedict, Coffee
Location: 913 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, Melbourne
Phone: 03 9077 7455