If you are after a casual bite in Rye, not far from the beach, then Picknics Cafe is a suitable spot. Being around the Mornington Peninsula, I've always enjoyed the Rye beach and walking along the pier. Before this though, we had to find somewhere to accomplish the job of filling up our empty bellies.
There are plenty of shops and cafes along the Nepean Highway strip in Rye, so it's always a hard choice to choose a place. Picknics Cafe comes up in a quick Urbanspoon search, so we thought we would give it a try.
I enjoyed the fact that you could get milkshakes, with the option to "mix and match" as indicated on the menu, which provides a little fun. I couldn't pass up the opportunity, so decided to mix banana and caramel, which tasted like a clear winner for my friend and I. The combination proved quite addictive.
It was also quite generous of them, as it seems they end up making more than one glass full, so the silver tin to the left is actually full of the extra contents of my milkshake. We assumed it would just be a little bit more, but after I finished my glass and poured the rest in, it actually filled up another whole glass!
When it came to the food, my friend ordered a classic Eggs Benedict ($15.50). You have the option of having ham or bacon ($1 extra) or smoked salmon ($2 extra) at those extra costs. The food takes a bit of time to come out, but it comes out beautifully presented, as demonstrated in the above picture and the main article photo.
The very top picture in this article was my meal, which is the Tim's Big Night Breakfast ($18.50). This included eggs sunny side up, bacon, sausage, baked beans, mushrooms, hashbrown and sourdough toast. It's hard to go wrong with a big breakfast, it definitely filled me up and I enjoyed that it included such a wide variety of ingredients - and my favourite one of all, a hashbrown.
If you want to check out the rest of their all day breakfast items, check out a quick snapshot here.
As you can see it's a great place to sit outside on a sunny day. Unfortunately, these were the rare sunny moments as most of that day was quite dreary. The beach is just across the road, but the dim weather still showed a different sort of beauty of Rye beach that I don't normally see in summer.
The cafe also has a nightlife as a bar called Captain Picknics. They often have events such as dressup parties, such don't miss out on the fun and check the information below.