A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published July 3rd 2016
Brekkie & Burgers
The passionate foodies at The Pepper Tree threw together some cuppas and a couple of their prided modern meals for our lazy Sunday lunch last weekend - technically late, late breakfast. Word of mouth was they have a nice little reputation in The Shire and a delicious all-day brekkie menu ($5.50-17.50), so I was excited to finally take the menu for a spin.
Turns out, by all-day they mean until 2.30pm, but this is still a pretty good deal for sleepy heads like myself who take forever to crawl out of bed from a Saturday night out. I was eventually won over by the lunch menu (runs until the same time), but from the veggie breakfast plates ($17.50) that the other girls ordered, it looked like the rumours were right about it being delicious.
These come with a healthy serve of greens, including avocado, and a variety of other goodies; mushies, eggs, sourdough. Halloumi is apparently the star of this dish, but sad times, it had run out this afternoon. The very accommodating staff however welcomed any amendments the girls wanted to their feasts - eggs scrambled not poached eggs, mushies for days, a side of salmon.
Pepper Tree is prided in the freshness and quality of their produce. The same sentiments go for their meals, and the experiences around these, from the anticipation of ordering to the joy upon tasting. They've ensured a variety on their brekkie menu, appealing to lovers of savoury and sweet (e.g. the must-try granola with fruit and coconut ice-cream, $11.50). Spoiling you for choice even more are gourmet options that may be added to any choice. Want chorizo or feta with that?
Their lunch menu ($12-17.50) also sees quite the spectrum of flavours. These range from lighter options such as the Roasted Vegetable Wrap ($10.50) with butternut pumpkin, to the more substantive, such as the Portugese Chicken Burger ($16) that I chowed down. Although a cafe standard these days, there was some novelty in seeing it come out on a wooden board rather than a white dish.
The burger was delicious although I struggled to finish it along with the side. It was packed with goodies - fresh pieces of chicken breast, avocado, chilli sauce - and came with chips, and aioli sauce for extra flare. These chips are hand-cut and lightly salted, so they provided a nice contrast to the burger that was teeming with flavour.
Visit The Pepper Tree in the charming village of Gymea when you get the chance. They also do dinner, dessert and have a cocktail menu I'm yet to have a squiz at. Recommended you book with at least 24 hours notice.