Seasons of Kurrajong

DT@Seasons of Kurrajong-Kurrajong#2

It’s a warm day when I visit Seasons of Kurrajong, and I wish I’d chosen a table out in the courtyard. Instead, I sit and gaze at the expansive views of Sydney’s western sprawl, feeling stifled behind the floor to ceiling glass. It’s cosy inside (perfect for winter days) with more dining in the courtyard and out the front on the footpath. I don’t see the scones on display even though I’d called ahead to check, so they must be hidden somewhere in the kitchen. Worth the diversion, the scones are feather light and up there with the best of them. A big lump of jellied strawberry jam seems almost too robust for such delicate scones, and the particularly small dish of double thick cream needs to be at least double in size. The fresh blueberries are a nice touch.

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Tea: A basic selection of tea bags served in a small teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: Cosy interiors with smashing views.

Location: Ph: 02 4573 1797 facebook.com

Reviewed March, 2018

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Feeding Frenze Cafe

DT@Feeding Frenzy Cafe-Kurrajong#2

It’s a tough choice deciding where to have a Devonshire Tea in Kurrajong village. There are three cafes literally side-by-side offering this delight, so which one to choose? I say go where you feel most comfortable and where the DTs are good (but that’s subjective). Feeding Frenzy Cafe differs from its neighbours in that it has a deck out the back, which is open sided in the warmer months but can be enclosed in inclement weather. There are also lots of tables indoors and some out the front on the footpath. There are no expansive views from the deck but it’s light and bright indoors thereby creating a cosy nook. The cafe attracts a lot of drop ins for takeaway coffees, so it can get busy at lunchtime. My two scones are dry on top and taste more yesterdays’ than freshly baked. The jam is better than most cafe jams and the thickly whipped cream has a hint of vanilla. Both have generous servings so you can load up the scones. Wherever you end up in Kurrajong, you can’t go wrong – the village has a lovely serene ambience overlooking the Sydney sprawl in the distance.

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Tea: A small but interesting range of Dr Tea loose-leaf teas served in a small teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: A simple comfy cafe with deck dining out the back.

Location: 79 Old Bells Line of Rd, Kurrajong NSW 2758 Ph: 0402 209 665
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Reviewed March, 2018

Frankie’s Food Factory

DT@Frankies Food Factory-Glenhaven

This is my second visit to Flower Power in Glenhaven for a Devonshire Tea. Although the cafe has new owners and a new look (and has done for some time), the atrium dining area still has the same acoustic issues. Dine in the dim interior if you prefer a quieter dining experience as the former is popular with large groups and kids. You’ll definitely work up an appetite, there is shopping galore! Not only is the garden centre huge, but also the attached shop has everything in the way of garden needs, homewares and gifts. Once done with the shopping, make your way downstairs to Frankie’s Food Factory. The place is an ideal gathering spot for large groups and families, as no doubt the indoor playground is a major drawcard. My tablecloth is a sheet of butcher’s paper and there’s a pot of crayons in case I feel creative, but more likely to keep kids occupied. Date scones are on the menu, and today, are slightly overdone in the microwave. Luckily the dates save them from being too dry. They arrive with a thimble-sized pot of mixed berry jam with triple the amount of thickly whipped cream. I promptly ask for another thimble, which is no problem for the attentive staff.

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Tea: A basic range of loose-leaf teas served in a small teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: Big and boisterous – great for families and large groups.

Location: Flower Power Glenhaven, 609 Old Northern Rd, Glenhaven NSW 2156
Ph: 02 9899 2299 frankiesfoodfactory.com

Reviewed March, 2018

Lichen Restaurant & Cafe

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The view from the deck of Lichen Restaurant & Cafe is mesmerising, especially in glorious weather. The powder white sand beaches and sapphire seas shimmer as the scallop shaped coves extend north to the heart of the Bay of Fires. Some say Binalong Bay is the southern end of The Bay of Fires, but it depends on what you read or whom you talk to – I can’t get a straight answer. Whatever tag you want to give it, the northeastern coastal area of Tasmania is paradise, albeit a cooler one. Last year the cafe changed owners, and they have decided to keep the scone container filled. The light serving of just one creamy fresh scone is ideal if you are after an in-between snack. Usually I’m a massive fan of homemade jam, but this raspberry jam is super sweet and too much like commercial varieties. Call me old-fashioned but I like my cream plain: unsweetened and to taste like cream. Although we are told that this is very special cream, I’m not a fan. It’s super sweet and more like soft and creamy icing sugar. At 10am, this amount of sweetness is way too much for even this sugar addict, plus it’s not the kind of cream I like on my scones.

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Tea: A good enough selection of loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: It’s the only cafe in town, and boy, what a view!

Location: Main Rd, Binalong Bay TAS 7216 Ph: 03 6376 8086 lichenrestaurant.com

Reviewed March, 2018

Purple Possum Wholefoods & Cafe

DT@The Purple Possum Cafe & Wholefoods#2

It’s on the unusual side to tuck into scones, jam and cream while surrounded by what is essentially a health food shop. At Purple Possum Wholefoods & Cafe you can have your scones and pick up some quinoa or coconut sugar from the self-service plastic bins on your way out. If you’re like my bloke and is put off by ‘whole food’ and ‘cafe’ used in the same sentence, then don’t be, this is no vegan hippie hangout, but rather a cafe serving simple healthy food. The garden grows many of the herbs and vegetables used in the cooking, and there’s also a mini gallery indoors amongst the buckets of psyllium husks and raw cacao. Choose from date or ‘Devon’ scones. I go with the plain ‘Devon’ scones, which are smooth and creamy and paired well with the fruit rich and tart raspberry jam. The cream is on the light side: fresh but whipped and dispensed from a cream canister. I like the personalised Purple Possum trivet for the teapot, it’s cute!

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Tea: A handful of black and herbal loose-leaf teas served in a good-sized teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: A quirky cafe-come-health-food-store in a sleepy village.

Location: 5 Story St, St Marys TAS 7215 Ph: 03 6372 2655 purplepossum.com.au

Reviewed March, 2018

Glebe Cafe

DT@Glebe Cafe-Glebe Gardens-Launceston#

As a city, Launceston in northern Tasmania is mellow. So it’s no surprise that Glebe Gardens on the northeastern edge of the city centre follows suit. The garden centre and Glebe Cafe embodies that same chilled out vibe, and it doesn’t take long for a big city dweller like me to surrender to it. Sitting beneath the shady branches of what is a large cluster of well-established Tassie trees, I wonder whether they have been strategically planted or placed to create this ‘mini forest’. A wander through the ‘forest’ may only take 30 seconds or so, but the impact of it being there in this very manmade space is crazy. The cafe is a simple affair, serving up pre-prepared items such as sandwiches and pies, and of course scones. Fresh and delicate, it’s unfortunate the scones aren’t served up with the homemade jam that’s sold in the cafe. The commercial raspberry jam is much better than most, but with a little help from the thickly whipped cream, all can be forgotten. It’s a small garden centre but the gift shop is as big as those on the mainland!

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Tea: A basic range of loose-leaf teas served in a teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: A basic cafe in a small mellow garden centre.

Location: Glebe Gardens, 166 Henry St, Launceston TAS 7250 Ph: 03 6334 5335 glebegardenslaunceston.com.au

Reviewed March, 2018

The Sanctuary Cafe

DT@The Sanctuary Cafe-Erina Heights#2

Erina Heights on the Central Coast is not where I would expect to find a Ken Duncan Gallery. This purpose-built facility has not only spacious viewing rooms where you can ponder over your favourite image, but a 45-seat theatre that’s used for audio-visual presentations such as the current showing; Chasing the Light. Surrounded by bushland, the place is set back from the main road and fronted by a large carpark, which adds to the serenity. Under the same roof is the Sanctuary Cafe. A modern, bright and airy cafe that’s a good place to deliberate over the Ken Duncan acquisition you have in mind. There is an option to order either one or two scones, which is handy when you aren’t too hungry and there’s no one to share with. The scone is delicately light and is served with a sprinkling of icing sugar. The jam, although average, is accompanied by a pot of chilled thickly whipped cream that matches the quality of the scone, so any shortcomings of the jam may be forgiven.

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Tea: A basic range of T2 silk teabags served in a small teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: Relaxed and stylish, with some great art to peruse next door.

Location:  Ph: 02 4365 6955 

Reviewed February, 2018