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Published August 25th 2016
Perfect wildflower pitstop at Chalet Healy
Tucked away in the Araluen Botanic Park in Roleystone is a charming little log cabin, that also happens to be a café.
Chalet Healy Cafe is set among the stunning wildflowers and abundant tulips in the park, where diners can sit outside and admire the scenery, or dine in and enjoy the rustic charm.
I was visiting the park with my mum for her 60th birthday and a walk around the lovely gardens is a great way to work up an appetite.
It's not the biggest café in the world, and we snared the last available table. Although other tables quickly became available, they were just as quickly snapped up and at one stage diners were happily sharing tables with strangers because the place was just so popular. It is pram and wheelchair friendly and there are highchairs available.
Chalet Healy is tucked away in Araluen Botanic Park
The menu is typical of Australian café food – bruschetta, pasta, schnitzel and vegetarian burgers and snack foods. They also offer cakes, biscuits and coffees but don't do takeaway hot drinks. There is a coffee van located outside the park gift shop if you would prefer to take your coffee and wander the gardens.
I ordered the beef burger and my mum went for the fish and chips. It wasn't the cheapest meal I've had by any means, but the service was good, with wait staff actually coming over to ask how our meals were while we were eating. I thought that practise was just about dead in Perth.
The meals were a really good size, which made me feel better about the prize as I like to get my money's worth. The beef burger looked appealing and tasted like a beef burger should – meaty with just enough cheese and salad, mustard and a tangy tomato relish, which really added to the patty's flavour. It came with plenty of chips and a small amount of salad garnish.
The fish pieces were soft and cooked nicely, with a crispy batter and it wasn't oily. A lovely little colourful side salad really complimented the dish, which also came with tartare sauce and chips. We were very impressed with the service and satisfied with the food, and left to continue our walk through the botanical gardens.
Chalet Healy is open seven days a week and serves food from 10am to 2:30pm. There is also a kiosk to the side of the entrance in case you want to takeaway your meal and enjoy it in the surrounds of the lush park and beautiful wildflowers.