Freelance writer based in Sydney's heart, event enthusiast and founder/editor of growing sports syndicate 'Injury Time' www.injurytime.net.
Published October 30th 2011
More than just your standard coffee and banana bread, Palm Breeze café situated in Burwood provides atmosphere, quick but quality food and exotic drinks.
The dark blue and purple décor of Palm Breeze excites you at first, with the remixed music on the speakers talking to a more youthful crowd. Add a cool ocean draft (alright, so it was probably just the air con), and it seems the only thing missing is a scenic water view.
Dim lighting creates a subtle feel that ensures you aren't straining your eyes, but at the same time you can still actually see your food.
But if you prefer the outside experience, Palm Breeze also has a fair amount of outdoor seating. However, regardless of the weather, I'd recommend sitting inside for more fun.
Drinks first, and wow. Never have I seen such a temptingly refreshing set of non-alcoholic beverages. The freshly squeezed strawberry lemonade caught me and I had to have it.
It was an interesting mix of a frappe and a soft drink, a little bit sour for my own taste, but it certainly does refresh the pallet. Probably slightly expensive for $9.
But I will say that in all my life, this was the first time ever that food came out before drinks. Was I dreaming a pure fantasy? In saying that, it was about a twenty minute wait.
At the end of the day, the real star of the show was the food. Between our table of four we ordered the mozzarella sticks with tomato salsa and mango aioli, chicken quesadilla with guacamole and Mexican salsa and a 'premium' seafood basket. For a combined total of about $42, it was a decent price, without being cheap.
Each meal was presented perfectly and cooked to perfection. The mango aioli that came with the mozzarella sticks was a tangy, smooth sensation that packed a punch full of flavour. The sugary aftertaste was also surprisingly pleasant.
Meanwhile the quesadilla was a lovely exploration of Mexican cuisine, the salsa and guacamole adding substance to a cheesy chicken delight.
The seafood basket was the usual, the 'premium' really only looking to add something new to the tag.
This is a venue you actually want to come back to again, and located only a stroll down from Burwood station it's not hard to get too. If you ever plan a birthday or general lunch/occasion with a smaller group of close family or friends, this is the ideal place, especially during the summer days.