In a world where your nearest cafe is a trendy, hipster joint serving food with names like Haloumi and Quinoa and strange, green drinks that look like blended grass and taste a bit like it too, Blue Star Cafe stands out as the one destination for a normal meal. If you're looking for a big breakfast, a burger under ten dollars, pasta, or even just a nice, toasted sandwich, Blue Star is there.
This place closed two years ago while the restaurant area at the Stocklands shopping centre in Wetherill Park was being redesigned as part of their massive renovations. Miss CK and I have struggled, trying to decide what to eat there ever since. We've been anxiously waiting for what seems like five years, hoping it would return, and then another long month and a half for the work to finish and the cafe to re-open.
Now they're finally back, and I can happily say, they're as good (and cheap) as ever.
They are experiencing one or two little issues at the moment, with new staff and a new ordering system, but these are so small as to be barely noticeable. Both times we were there (and yes, we went twice in one weekend we've missed it so much), the food still came out quickly and our order was perfectly correct.
The only other thing is that, the second day we were there, it was a hot day, and we noticed the cafe was very warm inside. Whether they were having issues with their air-conditioning or if this is normal, I'm not sure. I'll keep you posted on that in the comments since I'm sure we'll be there again this week.
As you may have gathered, Blue Star serves simple, quality food. They have all the staples: salads, burgers, meat, chicken, fish, pastas, sandwiches, and focaccias. Their food prices range from $9.50 for a plain hamburger and chips, all the way up to the dizzying heights of their most expensive meals at $15.95 (salt and pepper squid, pepper steak, marinated chicken).
All Main Meals are served with chips and salad, with condiments on request. A plus for us, unlike other places, the salads don't come out gasping for breath in a pool of dressing.
When we first started going there (during our exhausting house-hunting days and before the renos), we were never disappointed with a meal, and it looks like that perfect record is going to stay the same. I really can't say enough good things about this place.
It's not a cafe known for "fine dining", but if you're hungry and you want somewhere you can sit down and have a good meal for a great price, you really can't go anywhere else. And, as of re-opening, they are now licensed (Yippee!).
As if all this value weren't enough, they also have great desserts and a special movie offer, where you can get a full meal and a movie ticket for just $26. If you go for one of their top-priced meals ($15.95, in case you forgot), this is cheaper than just a meal at most other places. They have a kids one as well, for $18. Great value if you're bringing the kids out to the movies and need a meal as well.
So next time you're trudging through Stocklands with your stomach growling and the kids whinging, swing by Blue Star for a good, hearty meal and a nice, relaxing sit in one of their comfortable booth seats and tell them Stealth sent you (although they'll have no idea who I am).
Blue Star Cafe Shp 38w Polding St Wetherill Park, NSW 2164
Stocklands Mall Wetherill Park, Opposite Hoyts Cinema
As a worker at Blue Star Cafe, I thank you for you kind comments. I'ts really nice to get your feedback, whether it be god or bad, so we know what were doing right and wrong. There are still a few hick ups, but the air conditioner is now working and much more pleasant. Hope to see you there again. Thank you.