The Right Bite Cafe

DT@The Right Bite Cafe-Richmond

There are still a bunch of classic American-style diners dotted around the countryside going by the name of Paragon and Niagara. The Right Bite Cafe is not one of these, although it could be if it still retained its 1954 grace. There are plenty of nostalgic photos lining the walls displaying the good ole days, or you can read about their story in the menu while you wait! When I first arrive at the cafe and enquire about the scones, the barista is quick to point out that they are baked on the premises. Does that mean the other cafes along the Windsor Street strip serve scones that aren’t? The scone arrives way before my weak pot of tea, and I feel a little silly staring into my plate waiting for liquid refreshment. Although, it does give me time to inspect and I find the scone a bit dry and heavy, like it’s made from wholemeal flour. It’s not bad, but not what you would expect from a homemade scone. The corn syrup inspired strawberry jam has a few chunks of fruit, and although the cream is fresh, it’s whipped in a cream canister, which means – super light!

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Jam: teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Cream: teapot3teapothalf

Tea: A small range of T2 loose-leaf teas served in a small teapot with a piece of shortbread on the side.

Price: $$

Overall: The history of the cafe is an interesting read.

Location: 219 Windsor St, Richmond NSW 2753 Ph: 02 4578 2696 business.site

Reviewed October, 2017

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Cafe Jam

DT@Cafe Jam - Mosman

The new location for Cafe Jam has done wonders for the business. Not that the business wasn’t booming before, but the much larger, natural-light filled space plus a sunlit atrium has created a warm and welcoming cafe that any shopper to Bridgepoint will find hard to resist. Although I have passed by Cafe Jam at least once a week for several years I have never noticed the scones in the cabinet (maybe they weren’t there!). However, in this new location the bundle of scones are easily spotted from the walkway. The large, fresh and tasty scone is a surprise. A friend who had visited previously doesn’t rate them, but I think the scone is better than average and tastes better, than which it looks. The commercial raspberry jam is better than average, but before the waiter has a chance to put the jam on my table I send him away for more. Whether it’s Bourke or Mosman, surely diners prefer ‘real’ cream with their scone rather than a ‘synthetic’ cream? This one is straight from a can and in one word – terrible. Lastly, this is a small gripe, but a few tea cups would go down a treat, I’m not a fan of the super thick coffee cups for my tea.

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Jam: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Cream: teapot3

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

Price: $$

Overall: A bright and cheery cafe on the quieter top level of the shopping centre.

Location: Bridgepoint Shopping Centre,  
Ph: 02 9960 1442 bridgepointmosman.com

Reviewed October, 2017

Bobbin Head Bakery

DT@Bobbin Head Bakery-North Turramurra#2

If entering the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park via Bobbin Head Road, it’s worth pausing at one of the North Turramurra cafes on the way. The village-like cluster of businesses is tucked away in the leafy north shore suburb, which means that it may take non-locals like myself, a while to discover. After a brisk bush walk and a visit to the Sphinx memorial, rest at one of the village cafes before hitting the Sydney traffic slog back home. The Bobbin Head Bakery is also a large cafe with simple indoor and outdoor seating. Signage on the footpath spruiks Devonshire Teas, but the young girl behind the counter looks at me quizzically when I ask for one. I’m a little shocked when my scone arrives, as there is nothing ‘scone’ about this imposter. Already cut in half and slightly toasted, the supposed scone looks unappetising, and, to be honest, it’s embarrassing! It’s a sad day when an average raspberry jam and mock cream that should be relegated to the cream buns, rates higher than the star attraction (the scone). There’s also a lag in the arrival of my tea, and I feel awkward as I wait before I dress my pathetic looking scone.

Scones: teapot3teapothalf

Jam: teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Cream: teapot3teapot3

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

Price: $$

Overall: A typical bakery cafe vibe.

Location: 278 Bobbin Head Rd, North Turramurra NSW 2074 Ph: 02 9144 2335

Reviewed October, 2017

Cafe Relish

DT@Cafe Relish - Richmond#2

Cafe Relish is like most of the cafes along this Richmond strip – much bigger than you think. Enter through the front door and the deli like appearance and single strip of seating down one wall is deceiving. Go through to the back, and the whole place opens up three-fold to a vast area of undercover outdoor seating. There are date, plain and blueberry and white chocolate scones available today. I decide to go left field and try the blueberry and white chocolate choice. The scone arrives already cut and coated in jam and cream. It’s been in the microwave for longer than necessary and the toppings dissolve rapidly. It’s not bad, once you get past the overheating, and not as sweet as I imagined, but I’m a plain scone kinda girl. The raspberry jam tastes better than most, but it’s hard to tell as it’s already on the scone and the cream is melting into it. The cream, whipped in a cream canister, is very light and takes no time to slide off the warm scone.

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Jam: teapot3teapot3teapot3

Cream: teapot3teapot3

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

Price: $$

Overall: From the street side, the cafe looks cosy and inviting.

Location: 229 Windsor St, Richmond NSW 2753 Ph: 02 4578 7945

Reviewed October, 2017

Cafe Aqua

DT@Cafe Aqua - Balgowlah RSL Club

I don’t have to do too much sweet-talking to get into the Balgowlah RSL club. Rules apply, and if you live within a five-kilometre radius of the club, it’s time to flash your badge or head back out the door. It’s a few minutes after opening, and I sneak in after a few punters arrive. As far as RSL clubs go, this one is small. Even though Cafe Aqua is in the middle of the building, I can still see daylight out past the bistro that’s only a few steps down from the cafe. The cafe is big enough so there’s no chance on missing out on seating but small enough to create a ‘cafe vibe’. After a 10-minute wait, the scones finally arrive; fresh and straight out of the oven. They are slightly crispy on the outside, and whether they are or are not, I don’t know, but they taste like they are made from a pre-packaged scone mix. Regardless, they are surprisingly good. There is lots of the super light cream and only two lousy portion controlled strawberry jams. I ask for two more almost immediately, and are given them without hesitation.

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3

Jam: teapothalf

Cream: teapot3teapothalf

Tea: A basic range of Twining tea bags served in a small pot.

Price: $$ (member and non-member prices that differ by 50c)

Overall: Handy for a quick bite if you are already in the club.

Location: Balgowlah RSL,  Ph: 02 9949 5477

Reviewed October, 2017

The Village Kitchen

DT@The Village Kitchen-Kurrajong#

Feel the tranquility increase alongside the altitude as you head up the Bells Line of Road from Richmond. Entering Kurrajong village, which is just off the main road, is like taking a huge gulp of mountain air (believe me, you’ll need it after the congestion at North Richmond) – it’s just so lovingly quiet! The Village Kitchen sits alongside other cafes for the best commercial real estate in town. For a few lucky diners, the small back deck offers views towards Sydney, while for everyone else there’s the spacious interior or the sunny or shady (depending on the time of year) front courtyard. There is only one plain scone left, so I take a date and orange scone as my second scone. Naturally the scones are baked on the premises, but I find the date and orange a tad dry. But as far as date scones go, this is my preferred recipe as the dates aren’t overpowering or too chunky and blend in well with the orange zest. The plain scone is almost perfect (it scores an extra half a teapot) as its fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth, the ideal scone to snack on. The jam is rich and fruity and tastes homemade or is at least that quality, and pairs well with the double thick cream. Check out the home and giftware store attached to the restaurant.

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3 

Jam: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3

Cream: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3

Tea: A better than average choice of loose-leaf teas, served in a teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: A sophisticated country style eatery.

Location: 83 Old Bells Line of Rd, Kurrajong NSW 2758 Ph: 02 4573 0988 facebook.com

Reviewed October, 2017

Ugly Mug Coffee House

DT@Ugly Mug Coffee House-Richmond

It’s impossible to feel hemmed in at the Ugly Mug Coffee House. With three spacious dining areas plus tables outdoors but undercover, it’s hard to imagine there would ever be a wait for a table. The vibe is funky casual, and there’s a steady flow of diners – does anyone work on a Friday in Richmond? Scones are on the menu, so you are guaranteed a daily dose. They are huge, and way too large for one serving, especially if you are alone. They present well, but to me, are chewy and bland. These are my first scones of the day and I am hungry, but they just don’t hit the spot. The strawberry jam is more jelly like than chunky fruit, and brings back fond memories XL jam from a can that I used to eat in the 70s. The double thick cream is thick and rich – a nice finish.

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Jam: teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Cream: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3

Tea: A small range of T2 loose-leaf teas with a few interesting extras served in a small teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: A funky and popular hangout.

Location: 1/223 Windsor St, Richmond NSW 2753 Ph: 02 4578 9795 uglymug.com.au

Reviewed October, 2017