I’ve hit the jackpot and somehow time my Saturday arrival at Piemonte Cafe Restaurant at the Terrey Hills Flower Market perfectly. During a moment of calm between brunch and lunch I share the covered verandah area with only empty tables still holding evidence that there was indeed a lot of action earlier on. I can see the attraction for families as a large part of the verandah faces a kiddies play area, and I spy some chooks scratching about in a pen. The middle part of the restaurant looks more formal and is closed off from the noise and weather conditions. I guess you could say it’s the restaurant and the outside is the cafe, as it sure feels that way by the vibe. It’s a great idea as I’ve been to so many garden centre cafes and can’t converse because of a combination of bad acoustics and kiddies playgrounds that are basically in the middle of the dining area. The morning and afternoon tea deal: scones with coffee/tea is obviously popular as there’s a large batch of freshly baked scones on the counter. The scones are impressive, slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, but I’m just not a fan of the icing sugar sprinkled on top. It makes the whole shebang too sweet especially when the jam is cheap, sweet and syrupy, as is the case in this instance. The cream is really light and offers nothing to the quality or taste of the Devonshire Tea. There also isn’t enough jam and it gets a black mark for being served in a plastic container, as it makes the experience a little cheap and nasty.
Tea: A variety of loose-leaf teas served in a standard-sized pot.
Overall: A pleasant place for a break after shopping for gifts, flowers and plants.
Location: 287 Mona Vale Rd, Terrey Hills NSW 2084 Ph: 02 9486 3677 www.piemonte.com.au
Reviewed September, 2014