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AU$8 - AU$30
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an exceptionally disappointing experience. We ordered 2 x poached eggs and bacon with sourdough - that set us back $54 so we expected something pretty nice if not exceptional. The eggs were hard and the bacon not very nice. The added tomato ordered...on one plate did not materialise. The staff begrudgingly returned the $4 but didn’t really seem to care. Coffee was cold and average. Will definitely not be back.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

AVOID - quality of food horrible, staff hate their job and it shows. This is not a consumer friendly place. This place has a basic opinion of its customers and community. Whilst I paid for mediocre cafe food and drink, it doesn’t mean I will...be back. In an economy where money is tight, a cafe should want to do more for service and quality for repeat customers however this place doesn't operate this way. You’d get better service and engagement at your local conglomerate shiny McD’s and that’s saying something about this place. The owner is hard to like and at best a ‘peeping boss’ who has a camera and replay function, as my friend learned when they asked for a refund for a product and the owner admitted to replaying the footage before agreeing to refund. Who needs to be humiliated this way? The customer and the staff? Well yes.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beware - the vanilla slices were $10 each. I’ve had these vanilla slices a couple of times in the past, the first time being in 2018. The quality, taste and price were excellent back then. I’m not sure if it’s a change in ownership or...recipe but they did not taste right to me…. I’ve had my fair share of vanilla slices and these ones seemed rushed, using shortcuts to keep up with the demand and save on time and effort making them. Weirdly, there was strawberry jam on the bottom of the slice in between the custard (if you can call it that) and bottom pastry layer. I dinned with my overseas family and they thought it tasted a bit unusual to others they’ve had in the past. I can guarantee that’s the last time that vanilla slice is going anywhere near me. Save your $10 and eat somewhere else local, trust me.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Shum Ghumman, Owner at The Vanilla Slice Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Same pastry chef since 1989, same owner since 2017, same kitchen, recipe and suppliers since 1983. Any change is certainly a figment of your imagination. We are very very careful about ensuring that changes to our signature dish are avoided.

Reviewed 18 January 2024 via mobile

Ordered takeaway vanilla slice. Not a traditional “Australian vanilla slice” in that it is not a firm custard, is more a creamy Mille-feuille style but is very nice good pastry and great vanilla taste. Does what it says in the tin.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 8 November 2023 via mobile

YUM. Great coffee, with a cafe seating area that lets you spy the sea on one hand, and people watch the Main Street on the other. Don’t skip the signature vanilla slice with your coffee! Smooth creamy custard is a delicious alternative to the stiff...custard option usually offered. And the amazing staff just complete the whole offering.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 October 2023 via mobile

I would recommend this. It was not too sweet, and the portion was generous. Easily shared between 2 to 4 people. Nice for tea after a walk around the area.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 3 October 2023 via mobile

I loved the vanilla slice, despite it costing $10. I learnt later that another bakery down the road had the same cakes for much less.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 26 September 2023 via mobile

Late afternoon snack after building up hunger walking around the Point Nepean National Park. We ordered a vanilla slice and soft drink each and thought the slice was good. Soft, fresh and not too sweet. The cost of $30 seems high for what we got.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 19 August 2023

Purchased this stale, almost bitter tasting vanilla slice, which is clearly at least a day old, earlier today. Upon calling the store to let them know, I encountered a particularly argumentative "manager" was said they guarantee freshly made today. Images (& taste) would tend to...tell a different story, with the appearance of old yellow custard particularly around corners and edges. Reading recent reviews I'm clearly not the only one to encounter this. Gone down hill.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 August 2023 via mobile

Four stopped off for coffee’s and hot chocolate. The drinks were o.k. We didn’t buy anything else as it was 3 o’clock and the food, including vanilla slices looked tired. Staff looked tired too,

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 June 2023

Go anywhere but here for coffee! Takeaway coffee cup is always only about 3/4s and charge an eye-watering $7 for the privilege. If you ask for more milk they give some excuse about 'froth' but i always have flat white (no froth). I have (stupidly)...bought 7 coffees from there, all different barristers and all grossly shortchange on the coffee. If you want a full cup ie what you pay for - go anywhere else. Vanilla slice is perfectly nice - but again at $9.50 per slice - there are much better places in the strip.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 13 April 2023

Stupidly thought vanilla slice cafe mmm must be good. We ordered 4 coffee and 4 vanilla slices.swiped the card didnt really pay attention. Got the coffee'and a tray of they 4 slices and walked down the road to the beach . When we got there...opened the tray to find 2 nice fresh looking slices and two which had seen much better days dry cracked and changed to a nice dark yellow as custrd does when its getting olde and dried. Didnt thik much about it other than the coffee was average and less than impressed with the vanilla slices. Got online to do some banking and saw what we had been chargerd $75.90 . divided by 4 nearly $19 for a coffee and a slice that was ok. I rang up shop to check prices thought that cant be right was rudely told that the slice was $9.50 and the coffee was $7 becuase we would have been given an extra shot as they were large coffees. plus being a public hoiday we got charged 15 %.. a gouge is a gouge. Wont be back. you would think that in a town that relies on tourism and hospitality that food would be of a certain standard. This was poor and certainly the level of customer service you would expect .. Looks like another great venue has been taken over by non hospitaity people looking to make a quick buck..poor form.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 21 March 2023 via mobile

I was a bit apprehensive to try the Vanilla slice after reading some of the disheartening reviews regarding this “famous” slice of heaven but I was not disappointed when I did! Why did I opt for the Vanilla Slice….well you can’t visit “The Vanilla Slice...Cafe” without trying the showcase cake! I along with four family members all opted for the same and we asked for the take away option (just because our bellies were full of next doors fish and chips at the time). I can honestly say that in my opinion it was a beautiful slice. The vanilla custard was dreamily thick and not artificial tasting like a lot of the vanilla slices I have tasted before. Also it was costly but you did get a mahoosive piece! I would 100% recommend these vanilla slices, they are the real deal indeed.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 7 March 2023 via mobile

well the Vanilla slice isn’t what it use to be in this cafe , new owners , No taste and soooo expensive $ 9.50 for one slice , rip off . no taste at all

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 20 February 2023

My late mother loved to cook scones when I was growing up. It’s been my tradition for years since her death, to rate any scones that I come across, when visiting cafes with friends. I’d read on their menu, “Devonshire Tea, recommended.” ‘Why have I...never noticed scones there before?’ I thought. It was because they weren’t on display. The guy said he couldn’t show them to me, but they were nice. I ordered. They came and looked alright, but as soon as I cut them open, they began to dry out. I tried to give it a fair go. First half of one scone continued to harden as I ate it. I picked up other half and felt it. By this time it was a biscuit. I took it back to them, and lady said: “You ate some of it!” Most of it I didn’t, I said. (She could see it was rock hard) “Thats how scones are!” She said. “Not the ones I’ve eaten,” I persisted. She gave me refund, but angrily said. “Next time, don’t do that!” Just owning the error and apologising would have been better.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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The Vanilla Slice Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3
  • Atmosphere: 3.5