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

Reviewed March, 2018


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

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

Reviewed March, 2018