The building is magnificent - built in the style of a French mansion. What a surprise to learn that it's only 1 year old! The building fits so well with the town that you'd swear it's been there for a century or more.
A big sign over the door announced that they were open! So, after much oohing and aaahhhing over the fabulous chairs and water features in the front garden, we were welcomed into Avalon by owners Loraine and Lani, a terrific mother and daughter team.
The interior is casual and comfy. There is a warm and friendly feel to the place. I wasn't at all surprised to hear that Loraine and Lani know their customers first names. I think they have quite a following in Woodside! The cafe is filled with the most beautiful and reasonably priced giftware range I've seen in one place. We spent so much time looking at everything that my locally made Bull Creek Pie nearly went cold. It didn't though. I enjoyed eating it to the last crumb! I chose the lentil based vegetarian pie and my friend Di said she loved her beef curry version.
Avalon are passionate about supporting locals. Their menu is made up of dishes that are produced either in their own kitchen or within the local area. The chutney from Beerenberg is now on my shopping list.
After a small amount of convincing (i.e. none), we chose our desserts from the glass display. Di chose the Raspberry and Coconut slice and I chose the Baked Cheesecake with lemon curd - made in the kitchen at Avalon. When you go to their cafe, I would say that you absolutely must have this cheesecake. On my notes taken during the lunch, I've written "to die for" and I mean it. It is seriously good.