Austi Beach cafe

DT@Austi Beach Cafe-Austinmer

The major selling point for the Austi Beach cafe is location, location, location. One of Wollongong’s affluent northern suburbs, Austinmer, along with its neighbouring beachside suburbs, occupies a strip of coastline backed by the imposing Illawarra Escarpment. The cafe has views of Austinmer’s golden beach, and depending on the time of your visit, a spectacle of outdoor training groups. It’s early and the scones are not long out of the oven. Slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, these scones deserve more than to be served with a couple of sachets of jam and a dish of super light cream whipped in a cream canister. The menu stipulates Chantilly cream is served with the scones. Either the menu hasn’t been updated or no one is aware of what Chantilly cream is – just lower your expectations.

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Jam: teapothalf

Cream: teapot3teapothalf

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

Price: $$

Overall: Combine a beach visit with scones and tea.

Location: 104 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Austinmer NSW 2515 Ph: 02 4268 5680 austibeach.com.au

Reviewed in July, 2017

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Zweefers Divine Cakes

DT@Zweefers Divine Cakes-Fairymeadow#2

Looking for a cake for all occasions? If you’re in The Gong then venture to Zweefers Divine Cakes in Fairymeadow. Primarily a cake shop specialising in fancy cakes, the small cafe offers a pleasant place to park your butt for a morning or afternoon tea and sample some of the treats. It’s clean and bright with mostly glass walls where you can watch the Fairymeadow world go by. The two fresh scones have a hint of vanilla and have an almost perfect shape. The average jam is good enough when coupled with the chilled slightly sweet cream, which is (thank goodness) nicely firm. This is a lovely spread for a bakery with the sweetened cream the only tell-tale sign that you are actually in a bakery cafe.

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Jam: teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Cream: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Tea: A small selection of Tea Drop pyramid tea bags served in a cute teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: Amazing value for money.

Location: 43 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow NSW 2519 Ph: 02 4285 4155 zweefers.com.au

Reviewed in July, 2017