I last visited the Paragon Cafe in Katoomba in 2009, and apart from the amazing art deco decor, I can’t say it impressed me much. Since then after scouring Trip Advisor, I believe the owners have changed and from my experience today, I’ve got to say, it’s a whole lot better. The first thing I notice are the friendly staff, and then the beloved booths, which are still the same; all dark timber, private and cosy. The shelves of one of the cabinets near the entrance is laden with exquisite chocolates and on the other side it’s hard to steer myself away from the huge chunks of chocolate brownies. There’s so much to take in – the original bar at the back, the booths, the old tunes and the historic signage from the cafe’s heyday. My scones arrive pronto and I notice the knife has a deco handle – love it! The scones are soft, fluffy and slightly sweet – delectable. I’m a little short on jam, another spoonful would have helped and the cream is freshly whipped with a hint of sweetness. The cream isn’t terribly thick but the texture is perfect for these light scones. I’m not particularly impressed with the Lipton’s tea bag. I don’t drink Liptons at home, so would I want to pay $4.00 for one when I am out at a gorgeous cafe?
Tea: A few varieties of Lipton’s tea bags served in a pot.
Overall: A bit touristy but go for the art deco splendour.
Location: 65 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780 Ph: 02 4782 2928
Reviewed in September, 2013