My good friend Ramenraff is constantly in the know about the cafe scene: what's opening up and when, and where the good spots are. To say he has his finger on the pulse is perhaps an understatement because he recommended to me, and reviewed (which you can read here) The Pig & Pastry months ago back in July. I'm much slower than he is, and when I read his review and heard all the good things he had to say, I tucked it away in the back of mind and only finally got around to visiting this week. Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for P&P's owners, I scheduled my brunch visit with a friend and two days before SMH's Good Food wrote their review... and it was PACKED. On a rainy Monday morning.
Located on the corner of West and Station St, Petersham, it is literally two steps from Parramatta Road and Petersham Park. I left the house, naively thinking that finding parking wouldn't be an issue, and spent about 15 minutes circling around and around before I finally found a spot that wasn't too far. I think parking would actually be better on a weekend as people had parked for work nearby, so don't let this scare you off! As soon as I entered, I just loved the feel of the place immediately - warm, inviting, filled with locals - oldies enjoying their morning cuppa, sleep deprived mums seeking something a little stronger than tea - as well as groups of friends and family.
The breakfast menu is small but comforting - I loved that they didn't try to cater to the meat fiends out there, and instead offer some healthier and homelier dishes such as fresh fruit bowl, granola pot, bircher muesli. I ordered the toasted brioche, served with fresh ricotta, banana and honey, but was told that the brioche was sold out already (at 11am!) and so opted for the fruit and nut bread. I also ordered a pot of English breakfast tea, and loved the mismatched teapot and cup and saucer that I was given, complete with cute mini milk bottle.
My fruit and nut bread, toasted and served with fresh ricotta, banana and honey was just divine. The banana had been sliced thinly, the ricotta was creamy, and paired perfectly with the honey that was drizzled over the top. Such a simple breakfast - not one that I often find on cafe menus around Sydney - but it really did hit the spot. And with change from $15 for my brunch, what isn't there to love?
Service was very friendly and all the other patrons similarly friendly. Little Ava made friends with everyone around us - she was having a ball with all the smiles and attention, so much so that she didn't want to take time out to have her bottle of milk!
I will definitely be back to The Pig & Pastry. It is just such a warm and inviting place, with simple food - all in all, it resonates with me and I loved sitting in there, enjoying my brunch with my friend, my baby smiling and chatting with happy people around her, all while the rain fell outside. I can't wait to go back and try the corn fritters which got a great write up from GoodFood, and also their lunch menu.
The Pig & Pastry Cafe
1 Station Street, Petersham