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Published June 15th 2015
A funky café restaurant
Introducing postcode 2773, the location of Glenbrook in the lower Blue Mountains, and also the name of a funky café restaurant. The small village of Glenbrook has much to offer the tourist, visitor or Sunday driver and is known for being the first entry point in to the Blue Mountains National Park.
Ross Street, the main street of Glenbrook Village, has a handful of cafés, restaurants & bakeries to choose from if you are looking for a feed. Or if you are up for a spot of window shopping there are some stylish boutiques, gift shops and stores selling old wares & collectibles. On a recent Sunday drive, we stopped in for lunch and chose the funky café restaurant 2773 for our meal.
2773 is located in an old house on Ross Street. The first thing you will notice is the quirky and fun outdoor seating in the "front yard". Colourful outdoor beanbags and blankets are on offer so you can enjoy stretching out in the sun on the grassy lawn. There are also a number of outdoor picnic tables under umbrellas. As you walk towards the house you will see the wood-fired pizza oven to your right and there may even be some live music playing.
If you continue walking towards the back of the property you will find more outdoor, undercover seating, a childrens play area and cubby house and if you head on further down the steps you will find the farm animals - a couple of pigs, a sheep and some fluffy white chooks.
The aim of the restaurant is to source and use local ingredients wherever possible such as bread, meat, pasta, sauces and condiments. Beer and wine are also sourced from local manufacturers and the coffee is freshly roasted each day.
This on trend restaurant aims to cater to both families and young hipsters with its quirky feel and relaxed café atmosphere.
While the restaurant does take bookings for night service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, for lunch time it operates on a first come, first served basis. When we arrived, after midday on a Sunday, there were no available tables for our group but we were invited to leave our name and phone number so they could call us when a table was free. We were happy to browse the shops of Glenbrook while we waited and it only took around 10 - 15 minutes before we received a phone call to say a table was free.
Our table was located inside in what you might describe as a "cosy" dining room. To be frank, there were a lot of tables squeezed in to quite a small space. Our table was near the window which overlooks the animal pens out the back. Despite the lack of room I loved the oversized map of the Blue Mountains railway line which took up one entire wall.
The menus arrived quickly and we could choose from either the breakfast or lunch menus. There are sandwiches, wraps, burgers & salads for lunch as well as the wood-fired pizzas. The breakfast menu was extensive but there was only a small kids menu. You can check out all of the menus here.
I chose the Bacon & Egg Roll with sliced cheddar, tomato & red pepper relish ($13.00)
Happily we didn't wait long at all for our food to arrive. My Bacon & Egg Roll was enjoyable and filling but we found the Pulled Pork Roll to be quite small given the price. My daughter wasn't sure about her watermelon pizza which consisted of a chunk of watermelon drizzled with honey and topped with berries and banana chips. But after she had a taste, it disappeared very quickly indeed. The mini chicken wrap wasn't so well-received. The wrap was "deconstructed", in true Masterchef style, and only the chicken pieces were eaten.
The freshly roasted coffee was the stand out of this meal and was given a big thumbs up by our coffee connoisseur.
The service was good and quite fast given that it was a very busy Sunday lunch time. However, we found the atmosphere crowded and noisy (the wooden floor boards inside didn't help). I think a better option for us would have been to wait for an outside table.
After lunch, we took advantage of the gorgeous sunny winter afternoon for a quick visit to Jellybean Pool in the National Park which is only a short drive from Glenbrook. There is a $7 entry fee to the National Park if you are driving in. The walk from the Jellybean Pool car park is only short but it is steep in parts and a little slippery given the dirt track. The pristine pool at the bottom is well worth the walk.
Jellybean Pool in the Blue Mountains National Park
2773 is located at 19 Ross St Glenbrook. They are open for breakfast and lunch every day and for dinner Thursday - Saturday. Follow the signs to the entry of the Blue Mountains National Park, which is only a 5 minute drive from Glenbrook.