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The Tiny Giant in Petersham is one of my favourite cafes, exuding rustic country charm and providing an interesting menu. The tiny in the name equates with the size of the cafe and the giant comes in the portion sizes and its reputation, thanks to their imagination, and Instagrammers posting photos of the delicious looking dishes.
Creativity is blossoming here with some of the breakfast and lunch items, as well as desserts, going next level. I was lucky enough to score an invite to their afternoon tea feast to try not one but four new heavenly creations themed around Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.
Upon arrival, a friend and I were met with a Willy Wonka wonderland of balloons, mushrooms, sweets and treats, surrounding our table outside. The colour and effort put into this pop-up decor was amazing.
The first dish to hit the table was a revamp of their brioche toast dish, which is now aptly named Willy Wonka Brioche Toast, and it replaces the original dish on the menu. The plate was a rainbow of colours in both the brioche bread with its marbled effect and the accompanying mixed berries, figs, coloured popcorn, Persian fairy floss and maple syrup. The brioche toast was wonderfully soft and a treat just to look at. It was sweeter than I thought it would be and went down well without pouring the maple syrup over it.
The Belgian waffles, now named Loompaland, were next in the line-up of makeovers to reach us and were equally as colourful as the brioche toast was. Some of the accompaniments were the same and some differed with the addition of a waffle cone and ice cream, lollies and banana slices. It was another delicious creation.
This banquet of whimsical dishes continued with the Over the Rainbow bagel. The top with pink and cream Persian fairy floss was separated from the bottom by stumps of banana and gummy bears. Looking like a psychedelic mushroom, the base was surrounded by sweet treats bathing in a salted caramel sauce. The decadent 'out of this world' formation saw us well into a sugar high.
Last but not least, the caramel cronut I had on a previous visit has now been taken up a few notches to an epic dessert and goes by the name Scrumdiddlyumptious and that it certainly was. Topped with Persian fairy floss, it was encircled by an array of freckles, marshmallows, wafer biscuits and other sweet treats.
What a 'wow' of an afternoon this was for sweet lovers. Should you not be fond of sweet things though, the Tiny Giant's savoury breakfast and lunch items will still entice, with our favourites the New York Reuben and the San Fran crab roll remaining on the menu amongst many others. Campos coffee and free Wi-Fi also entice.
See below for all the location details, opening hours and website and get on down there to check it out for yourself.