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Published June 15th 2014
It's rare to find a cafe in this part of town
A friend and I were looking for a place to have brunch on a weekend morning around the south-west of Sydney, and I must say it was quite an exercise to find such a place. Cafes around this area seem quite scarce overall. Perhaps everyone treks to the north-eastern suburbs on the weekends.
In the end, thanks to Google, we found Havana Bar and Cafe in the suburb of Wetherill Park, near the suburb of Liverpool, and decided to check it out.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised, not knowing what to expect. We were lucky to have a lovely sunny day in the middle of winter. It was located right in the centre of a carpark (so plenty of free, easy parking available) under what looked like a marquee with clear windows, within a shopping plaza (Greenway) complex, surrounded by family stores such as Spotlight, the Good Guys, dry cleaners, other restaurants such as Subway, fruit store and more.
The staff were friendly, if not too proactive (they seemed keen to get rid of our plates as soon as we were done and appeared in a jiffy, only to realise I am a very slow eater) but overall pleasant and helpful.
The dishes we ordered were delicious and wholesome, and filled me up for hours afterwards. That was the big vegetarian breakfast and the omelette with whatever you wanted to add such as cheese or vegetables. The banana milkshake looked a little risky with fluorescent yellow syrup poured on top but turned out to have real bananas in it, which was a relief. Coffees and hot chocolate were nice, and as expected.
Overall, I was quite satisfied with the variety on the menu, the affordable prices (more affordable than other places I've been to and had similar dishes) and the interesting but pleasant location. The biggest downside of course, is the distance to drive from anywhere else in Sydney, but for a local, it's a great place to have on your list to come regularly.
At night, Havana Cafe gets converted to Havana Bar, and in fact alcohol is served from 10am onwards anyway. But just watch out as you will need to drive as there's not really any other way to get to the place.