I don't know anybody who doesn't love a good brunch. On a weekend, when the sun is out, there is nothing better than to leave the comfort of bed (after a good sleep in of course) to seek sustenance by the way of bacon, eggs, pancakes, corn fritters, or even a tagine if that takes your fancy. When I think of brunch on the weekends, I think of great food, sunshine and fabulous atmosphere - and Armory Wharf Cafe in Newington definitely ticks all of those boxes!
The Armory Wharf Cafe was suggested to me by a high school friend when we were arranging to meet to organise a baby shower for a close friend of ours. She had heard good things about the cafe from her mother, and so we made a reservation for pretty early on a Saturday morning (9:30am) and boy were we glad we did! Arriving at the cafe early on a sunny morning, we were astounded to see that the carpark was already full and young families everywhere. The cafe is located next to a huge playground and cycling track, and there were plenty of people, kids, bikes and babies in prams about.
Situated next to Parramatta River, the sun shining down from a clear blue sky, it was the perfect brunching conditions. Arriving at the cafe, we found it completely full and were relieved that we had been farsighted enough to make a reservation when the two groups of people in front of us were told it would be a 30 minute wait. Service at the cafe is brisk and efficient, and before long we were seated, menus provided and drinks order taken.
The breakfasts are served all day (and I love restaurants / cafes that do that!) and I had a hard time selecting my order - corn fritters or pancakes or chorizo? It was all too hard and finally I decided on the baked eggs, chorizo and tomato, served with toasted casa panotte, whilst P, being much more disciplined than I am, ordered the macadamia muesli, served with lemon myrtle and honey yoghurt and berries.
The baked eggs, when they arrived, were served in the fry pan in which the chorizo had been cooked. I loved that touch, and the dish was delicious - the eggs perfectly cooked so that the yolks still oozed, and the chorizo wonderfully charred. P loved her muesli, especially raving about the macadamia bits and the yoghurt. Although busy, the cafe moved at a good pace - not too frantic and I appreciated that despite the people wanting a table, they didn't rush us even when we finished eating and sat there with our notes discussing baby shower business.
The Armory Wharf Cafe is a real find - on a beautiful sunny morning, it is the perfect way to start a day, and I will definitely be back for breakfast! It is also open for lunches and dinners on selected evenings. My tip? Make a reservation!!
Armory Wharf Cafe
Blaxland Riverside Park
Jamieson Street, Newington
Mon - Thurs 8:30am - 4pm
Fri - Sun 7:30am - 5:30pm