West 48

48 Essex Street, Footscray
03 9362 7960
Breakfast, Cafe, Coffee, Coffee and Tea


  • Mac and Three Cheese
  • Corn Fritters
  • Flat White
  • Vanilla Milkshake

The Good

We thoroughly enjoyed the Mac & Three Cheese. Topped with a perfectly fried egg with a runny yolk and crispy edges, within the casserole was a generous serving of crispy bacon. The star of the show was of course that Mac and Cheese. Cooked to just the right softness, the macaroni exhibited just the right texture and wasn’t the least bit mushy. A beautiful cheesy flavour permeated throughout, and the mix of tasty, cheddar and parmesan provided a much more complex and intricate flavour that’s not normally found in any Mac and Cheese. With a slightly toasted, incredibly buttery brioche underneath soaking up all the cheeses, it was an incredibly indulgent breaky that would’ve been the perfect hangover cure.

The Corn Fritters didn’t disappoint either, albeit a little less spectacular than the Mac & Three Cheese. With a strong spicy kick, the corn fritters were crispy on the outer and soft within. The occasional burst of sweetness from the corn provided a welcoming and refreshing relief to the spice of the jalapeno salsa, while the fluffy and flavoursome feta added a nice depth in flavour. With the perfectly poached egg and tender smoked salmon all accompanying the mashed avocado, this dish definitely had all the components of a breakfast you’d be after.

The Mediocre


The Bad


The Verdict

It was overall and enjoyable brunch experience at West 48. Despite having a rather conventional menu, the dishes were executed to a high level and offered a tasty and satisfying breakfast with decent coffee to pair.

Would Penguin Eat Again?

Sure. A good local cafe that offers tasty basics, count me in!
Penguineats dined complimentary of West 48 as part of a competition.

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