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Published September 30th 2017
Where expectations are exceeded
If you don't live out west then St Marys might seem like a fair way to go for breakfast, brunch or lunch but the newly-opened sister cafe of the same name as that in Rydalmere is well worth it as I found out.
I was lucky to receive an invite for myself and a friend to enjoy a meal and taste some of the specials as well as some of the regular menu items. Owner JD has put his experience as a chef working in different restaurants with different cuisines into this latest venture. Here you'll find a combination of Italian, French, Asian and Modern Australian dishes on offer to tempt your palate.
We ordered mains at the counter but what preceded and followed these were some surprises delivered to our table from the very attentive owner. First up, was a share plate of one of the new specials an Asian-influenced Egg Omelette with prawns, brown rice and house-made oyster sauce. The omelette was just the way I liked it and enjoyable on its own whilst the rice was of the sticky kind, the prawns were well cooked and the sauce very nice.
An Italian Pasta of the Day special was next up with a touch of French in the sauce Ricotta Tortellini with Prawns and Horseradish Beurre blanc (white butter). The pasta was beautifully cooked and the sauce a stand out. Oh so delicious with a bite to it.
Our mains were next to devour. We both chose burgers on milk buns with a side of Kipfler potatoes. My lunch companion had the Big Tree Beef Burger with beetroot, bacon, pineapple, tomato, onion, lettuce, cheese and aioli sauce and I went with the Pulled Pork Burger that came with mango relish, coleslaw and rocket. Both were huge, juicy and very tasty. The roasted-style potatoes came in huge baskets and were a very pleasant alternative to fries, however, by this stage we were getting quite full and we each decided to take half of our potatoes home so that we could fit in some sweet delights.
So glad we could fit in some sweet dishes as the owner chose some share plates for us from the all-day breakfast menu that were amazing the Brioche French Toast with vanilla mascarpone, maple syrup, berry compote and fresh berries and the Ricotta Pancakes with honey, berry compote, berries, banana, meringue crisp and cinnamon ice cream. I'm still salivating, thinking about them. For the sweet toother that I am, the Ricotta Pancakes were the dish of the day for me and I will definitely be making another trip for this decadent plate of deliciousness.
Other items on the all-day breakfast list include banana bread, granola with yoghurt and fruits, and a range of eggs with various accompaniments whilst the lunch list also has some interesting salads and sandwiches, all of which are very reasonably priced. Every item on the menu is under $20, some of which are well under.
Drinks come in many choices, from T2 teas and Campos coffee to icy cold frappes, smoothies, milkshakes, juices and soft drinks. Everything here comes in under $7. I chose a fresh and dairy free mixed berry frappe which came in a huge bottle-like glass that was very refreshing on this warm day.
Last but not least, there's a good drooling selection of cakes and tarts at the wide front counter and the Toblerone cheesecake tart that had caught my eye earlier just had to be taken home for later. It was divine as expected.
Apart from the food, the decor is also very pleasing in neutral tones of white, grey and black which make for a very fresh look and airy feeling. Tables and chairs are well spaced out and a bench along one wall with a row of stools offers alternative seating. Flowers on each table and interesting wall hangings complete the picture in this well thought out space.
Open 6 days (closed Tuesdays) from 8am to 4pm, this welcoming cafe is situated in a quiet area of St Marys, away from the busy main street, with plenty of free street parking and no time limits.
The verdict exceptional food, great prices, friendly staff and simplicity in the decor make this a wonderful place to chill out and unwind or catch up with friends. Whether it's for breakfast, morning tea, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea, make the Big Tree House Cafe your next cafe stop. You won't be disappointed.