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Published May 23rd 2020
Nestled in the village atmosphere of Abbotsbury Shopping Centre is Parx Coffee House, a nice little cafe where most sit outside in the sunshine for breakfast, brunch or lunch. With views of Stockdale Park across the road, it's a great place to catch up with friends or simply linger and ponder the day with your morning coffee.
It was for lunch that I visited on a gorgeous Sydney day with a couple of old school buddies. With much to talk about, we eventually perused the menu and, between us, here's what we ordered:-
Baby Beets & Goat's Cheese Salad – a healthy dish of mixed leaf, roasted cauliflower, Dutch carrot, baby beetroot, green lentils and quinoa tossed in lemon vinaigrette topped with goat's cheese and chargrilled lemon ($18).
The falafel was cooked to my friend's liking and not too hard on the outside from being overly fried.
Grilled Barramundi Fattoush – a fillet of barramundi grilled and presented atop a Fattoush salad with lemon ($20).
The fish was perfectly cooked and the salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, radish, parsley, onion, shallots and mint tossed with fried bread and lemon vinaigrette made it tasty. I loved the crispy pillows of bread, which added another texture to the meal.
All meals were satisfying. No complaints here. Service was prompt too, with our food delivered to our table in no time.
Other items on the lunch menu include veggie tacos, burgers and wraps, and if you're headed to Parx for breakfast you can enjoy the likes of Turkish eggs, a big breakfast, an interesting hotpot and some of the usuals that most cafes serve, such as smashed avo on sourdough and bacon & egg rolls.
We tried a few drinks between us, embracing a delicious Nutella thickshake, along with healthy juices and coffees. There's a good variety of beverages including smoothies, iced and specialty lattes (like beetroot cocoa), teas and Belgian hot chocolate.
I look forward to going back to try their Something Sweet menu that includes ricotta pancakes, Nutella crepes, waffles, churros and, for something healthy, the Acai bowl or Granola bowl.
As we sat outside, it wasn't until we went inside to pay that I noticed the decor. Photos of family gatherings, vertical greenery and white etchings of florals on black walls provide a different ambience to that outside.
Since our visit, the cafe has been strictly limited to takeaways and deliveries due to the Coronavirus pandemic but restrictions are gradually lifting. Sit down dining was allowed from 15th May with a maximum of 10 people seated at one time and come 1st June that changes to a maximum of 50 people, making it easier to get a table in the rush hours.
The full dine-in menu is available now so drop in and do your bit to support the hospitality industry as they get back on their feet.
If you prefer to wait until restrictions are fully lifted, then you may want to bookmark this cafe for a future date. In the meantime, check out their Facebook page. The photos will have you drooling.