I am in love with their summer breakfast SPECIAL of French Toast with local poached fruits. And their coffee. And their salads…. you get the idea!
A café owning chef. That’s what I would be if I wasn’t in the profession I am currently in. And that is exactly what Boo’s Place owner chef Rebecca Hart is. At the end of last year, Boo’s Place launched down the information centre end of McCrae Street, filling a hole in Swan Hill’s café and dining scene. Every time I walk in, I gush at the décor, the layout, the fresh produce in the fridge and the locally made products lining the walls. The café is exactly how I would have mine set out.
But the aesthetics aren’t what Boo is about- her passion for on-site made food is what sets her apart from many of the places to eat in Swan Hill. My first experience of Boo’s was in early December last year, when I took my parents there after they arrived on the VLine. Dad was a little perplexed when he was asked what ‘protein’ he would like in his salad (tuna, ham, egg, chicken, salami are popular options) but has requested that we go back there every time he has visited me since.
Boo’s Place caters for both eat-in and take-away diners, the above-mentioned salads being the perfect lunch-on-the-go when in a rush. I have developed a huge crush on the brown rice and quinoa salad, ordering it every time, but the Asian noodle salad is up there too. Baguettes filled to the brim with a variety of fillings, as well as gourmet pies and sausage rolls are also available for those who need something to go. But if you have the time, I highly recommend ordering yourself something off the menu or specials board. The vegie tarts and stacks (with or without salad) are a steal and the homemade soups are perfect for these chilly days that are starting to frequent the town of Swan Hill.
Breakfast at Boo’s offers a wide choice of options, the smoothie bowl a gorgeous purple colour served with coconut, peanut butter, honey, cacoa nibs, apple, banana and yoghurt was my pick on last visit, Mum having the generous serve of zucchini fritters with poached eggs and Dad choosing the eggs benedict. ‘This is the best hollandaise sauce I have ever had’ he gushed as he devoured his meal. That’s because it’s made in-house Dad (word is that it wasn’t to appear on the menu until Boo found a recipe she was happy with- I’m glad she went through the trial and error process).
The coffee here is good too- using Grata coffee beans, the staff know how to work their coffee machine and produce consistently good beverages. And I highly recommend treating yourself to one of the sweet treats that fill the cabinet at the counter, or one of the freshly made cakes on top of it. My favourite has been the fruit brownie- I have only seen it the once, back in late March, but I’m hoping I’m in store next time it is on the menu.
Boo’s Place is big on using local produce in all that they cook and serve. But they go one step further by selling the locally grown produce in their fridge. Lemongrass, pomegranates, persimmons, potatoes, onions, chilli, pumpkins, apples, stone fruit, eggs, relishes and smallgoods have all been available to take home and inspire you to whip up your own foodie goodness.
Apart from the food, the passionate chef, the friendly staff and the décor, Boo’s Place also ticks another box for me. It is open on the weekends. For a town that appears to shut down come midday on a Saturday and doesn’t reopen until 9am Monday morning, this city girl is loving the fact that she can get a decent café fix on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Yes, it may not have the views of the river, but it certainly has the goods to make it your favourite Sunday hang out as well.
Open seven days a week
12 McCrae St, Swan Hill