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Published January 15th 2014
There's more than food on offer at Joan's Pantry cafe
If you fancy a bite to eat or a quick cuppa next time you're tootling in the Hills, or have made at stop at the nearby BMX track or playground, pop into the local iconic, Joans Pantry. Situated on Watahuna Avenue, Hawthorndene, it's a great little café surrounded by trees and has a lovely view over the oval and valley.
There's plenty of parking on both sides of the road, and it has ample seating. Outside several tables are nestled in the trees, or you can take a table on the side patio – kids will love their own little table in this area, and to keep them amused, there's a selection of books and toys inside.
If you chose to dine inside, you're treated to a display of work by local artist Simone Linehan. Her images are inspired by nature, and depict plants, flowers, and amusing feathery little critters. There's also a little bit about the history of Joan's Pantry and the local Hewett family.
Yummy - open grill chicken, avocado and cheese with sundried tomato pesto
The food on offer is a variety of grills, baguettes, sandwiches, ciabattas, homemade cakes (including gluten free options), and to drink there's freshly squeezed juices, organic teas, Fairtrade coffee and Bonsoy for soy drinkers. If you get in before 2pm, you can enjoy something off the breakfast menu which has everything from a traditional 'Big Brekky' (and a vegetarian option), to pancakes, croissant, toast and muesli. We did get in before 2pm, and opted for the bacon and egg roll and the open grill chicken, avocado and cheese with sundried tomato pesto. Both of these were very good, and the service was relatively prompt. It's reasonably priced too; our two meals and two coffees came to just $23.
After your refreshment, take a stroll in 'Joans Pantry Kitchen Garden' at the back of the café. This delightful veggie garden has a gentle ambiance and is a community project where members, both young and old, can enjoy the pleasures of gardening and sharing of gardening knowledge. Planter boxes are full with herbs and veggies such as parsley, Asian greens, tomatoes cucumber and beans, and Lisa Down, Joan's Pantry owner says she will be using some of the produce in the café.
You can't get fresher than that!
Pull up a log and enjoy the ambiance in Joans Kitchen Garden
Joan's Pantry used to do the nicest Devonshire Teas and Mum and my sister and I would go there from time to time just to sit and listen to the birds and relax. Gosh is that 40 years ago now??? How time marches on...but the memories remain :-)