There's always a hit-and-miss element to finding a cafe with an outdoor garden area. Usually, your heart soars and you imagine yourself enjoying the sun in some kind of refuge from the day or what have you. Then reality strikes and you either find yourself eating outside withstanding the cold and freezing your butt off, eating outside and melting Wicked Witch of the West style, or eating outside and enjoying the atmosphere most similar to an airport runway.
Thankfully, none of that can be said for the ambience and style of Page Two's garden area. This café is like a little oasis from the hustle and bustle of Randwick's Belmore Road, conveniently located near bus stops and walking distance from what looks like the future light rail system. Page Two offers an ideal place for locals needing a place to chill alone, or, as you'll see on your visit, a cosy location to catch up with friends.
Staff are extremely friendly and helpful. As a local, it must be a wonderful feeling knowing you can drop in and have a bit of banter with the waitstaff. As a visitor to the suburb, it's a lovely way to experience the Randwick vibe – down-to-earth, unpretentious and ready for a laugh. One woman, dining alone, asked for some reading material, and in less than five minutes a waiter had brought out the day's newspaper for her to read as she enjoyed her coffee. There's a lot of that happening at Page Two. Inside, you might find a woman working away on her laptop. Outside, you'll see a table occupied by a family, parents visiting their grown-up children with a baby perched on an adult's lap.
Page Two's menu presents itself as traditional café fare, however, a quick check of the menu and you'll soon see there's a little more emphasis on fresh and colourful food, just like their outdoor dining décor. Food is reasonably priced, and won't break the budget. There's an all-day breakfast menu (always popular when you want Dukkah Eggs at 3pm, which they have, for $14.90) as well as another firm eggy fave, Shakshuka for the vegetarians for $16.90. However, if you're after something a little different, cast your eyes over to the salad menu and try the Poached Chicken Soba Salad ($15.90), where you'll get a generous juicy bowl of fresh greens, avocado, soba noodles and poached chicken. If you really cannot make friends with salad, try the Chicken and Chorizo on Sub ($15.90), again, sizeable enough with its filling of chicken, coleslaw, chorizo and spicy mayonnaise.
It's odd to make special mention of juices on the menu, yet here we are. Perhaps it's because everyone's so hopped up on kombucha whatevers these days, but Page Two keeps it old school and offers appetizing juices for $7. Try the Citrus Slammer (a combination of lemon, orange and pineapple) or the Ultimate Green Detox Juice (made with apple, kale, cucumber, ginger and mint). Page Two also offers a wide array of coffees (hot and cold, included batch brewed coffees), teas, smoothies and milkshakes. You can also purchase coffee beans (prices start from $12.50 for 250 grams of the house blend).
But juices and salads aren't all that's available on the menu. Page Two also serve sweets and quick treats if you're not down for a full meal. The lemon tart is the perfect afternoon treat or sugar pick-me-up. Choices are visible at the front of the cafe towards the main road.
Page Two is a delightful little local gem that is ideal for solo chillout sessions or casual catch-ups with mates. If you like your cafe visits easy and carefree, without the drama of lining up for hours for a decent cup of coffee, this is your kind of place. Your friendly neighbourhood cafe is Page Two Cafe, and Randwick residents should be delighted in this local establishment. Definitely worth the visit.