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Located in the Peppers Creek Village the enchanting dining courtyard is framed by honey coloured sandstone buildings. Established in 1996 it was one of the first cafes in the Hunter Valley and has a loyal band of patrons. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea daily the menu showcases locally grown fresh produce.
Acting on recommendations from our accommodation and some winery operators we called in for a midweek lunch. Arriving just before midday it was easy to get a table for two in the sunny courtyard but we did notice quite a few tables were reserved. As we savoured our restorative alcohol-free coffees, happy diners began to take their seats.
We opted to share the duck pate ($15) for a starter and the acidity of the pickles and the crunchy sourdough was a perfect complement to the smooth creamy richness of the pate. For $26 the pork cheek and pistachio terrine was great value, the contrasting tastes and textures of the meat, nuts, chargrilled fennel salad, green apple, salty prosciutto and sweet cranberry glaze were a taste sensation.
The spinach salad with goats cheese, avocado, pumpkin, honey mustard dressing, parmesan and chicken for $27 was a delicious and generous serving. I had to request an extra plate as it was difficult to cut the chicken without the bowl overflowing. Local wines are available by the bottle & glass and they serve a selection of beers, ciders, milk and soft drinks. Desserts are $10-$14 but we were too full to sample delights such as "spiced banana parfait" of "flourless chocolate cake with blood orange jam".
The service was welcoming, friendly and efficient and we were not rushed in any way. Enzo offers takeaway coffee during quiet times, is child friendly, has a function catering service and welcomes well behaved pets (if advised during booking). Check with the wait staff regarding any dietary requirements as all the dishes are made fresh to order. There is plenty of free on site parking and you can even have a bit of retail therapy in the adjacent shops and cellar doors.
Next time you are in the Hunter Valley call into Enzo for a delightful dining experience. Just make sure you book if it is during school holidays, weekends or when concerts are on.