The Glass Cafe

DT@Glass Cafe - Mittagong

What I can’t get over when I first enter The Glass Cafe is the size of it – so much room! It would be the ideal place for large gatherings, and during warmer weather there’s a lovely courtyard out the back. Set slightly away from Mittagong’s ‘cafe strip’, The Glass Cafe commandeers a whole corner block – know wonder there is so much space! In winter there’s a wonderful gas fuelled heater in the middle of the room that feels like the centrepiece, and very utilised during cold Southern Highland winters. The date and plain scones err on the smaller side, so if you are eating for hunger rather than pleasure, I suggest ordering a couple. I’m here at around 9am and the scones are not long out of the oven: fresh and fluffy. I only try the plain and it has a creamy texture. The accompaniments of ordinary strawberry jam and super light cream, do a disservice to the scones. Oh well, you can’t have everything!

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3

Jam: teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Cream: teapot3teapot3

Tea: A basic range (with a few alternatives like Rooibos) of organic loose-leaf Serentia Tea served in a good-sized teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: A cosy yet spacious cafe that’s warm and welcoming, especially when the outside temperature doesn’t make it out of single digits.

Location: 84 Main St, Mittagong NSW 2575 Ph: 02 4872 2640

Reviewed August 2019

Monkey Creek Cafe & Gallery

DT@Monkey Creek Cafe-Bells Line of Road#2

It’s the second time I visit this venue to break scones. The latest incarnation is as the Monkey Creek Cafe & Gallery, under of course, new management. The views across the Blue Mountains are still stunning and the gallery across from the cafe is worth a wander through. The cafe itself hasn’t really changed too much, but the scones are definitely better than those from the previous cafe. The massive scone is super fresh, and so light it melts in your mouth. It’s paired with a stock-standard strawberry jam that is rather ordinary compared to the scone and the double thick cream. Situated at the Lithgow end of The Bells Line of Road, Monkey Creek Cafe is the last chance to get a peek at the Blue Mountains before heading west.

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3

Jam: teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Cream: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3

Tea: A basic range of Twinings teabags served in a cup, however they have English Breakfast loose-leaf tea.

Price: $$

Overall: A convenient stop with great views and an excellent gallery.

Location: 227 Chifley Rd, Dargan NSW 2786 Ph: 0488 552 776

Reviewed August 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Station Coffee House

DT@Station Coffee House-Mittagong#2

In cafe heavy Mittagong, The Station Coffee House stands out for it’s high-ceilinged heritage building and obvious popularity. There’s hardly a table available midweek! It feels like it was a former butcher shop, but it could have been anything as it has penny farthing pictures around the place. A bike shop in the old days perhaps? There is a tray of scones on the counter and they look good: the perfect size and fresh to boot. The strawberry jam is ordinary and the cream is from a cream canister so is light and airy. I’m not a fan of drinking my tea from a coffee cup, but who am I to complain; it is a coffee house after all.

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Jam: teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Cream: teapot3teapot3teapothalf

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

Price: $$

Overall: An atmospheric cafe in what looks to be an old butcher shop.

Location: 12 Bowral Rd, Mittagong NSW 2575 Ph: 02 4871 1171

Reviewed August 2019

Le Jardin Cafe

DT@Le Jardin Cafe - Tahrmoor

The Tahmoor Garden Centre is tucked away off the Old Hume Highway and unless driving past or actually looking for it, you wouldn’t know it was there. It’s a compact garden centre with the attached Le Jardin Cafe a real treat. Sit out on the timber deck or inside where decorations lean toward a French influence. The scones are stupidly fresh and fluffy, and I am guessing not long out of the oven. The good quality raspberry jam is tart rather than sweet and my only gripe is there just isn’t enough to go around and I could do with a smidgen more. The whipped cream is super thick, bonus, but has a strange texture, almost like mock cream, although I’m assured it isn’t.

Scones: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Jam: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapot3

Cream: teapot3teapot3teapot3teapothalf

Tea: A range of Highland Merchant loose-leaf teas served in a teapot.

Price: $$

Overall: A sweet garden centre with a French inspired cafe.

Location: Ph: 02 4684 2000 tahmoorgardencentre.com.au

Reviewed July 2019