Shingle Inn is a charming cafe chain I discovered a few months ago in Westfield at Parramatta. It is now my 'go to' place when shopping there. It serves up a variety of creative light meals for breakfast and lunch (both served all day), as well as a selection of cakes and high teas.
The breakfast menu has many choices including bacon and eggs done in a variety of styles on sourdough or in wraps, the trendy smashed avo, cinnamon toast, freshly baked waffles, pancakes and a Goodness Bowl for those wanting something healthy. My first visit was for brunch and I chose the three fluffy pancakes with bananas and berries, vanilla ice cream and maple syrup. It was delicious.
With a great first impression and so many interesting things on the menu and at the cafe counter, it was not long before I returned to try other delights. Lunch with hubby one day saw me try the sliders (2) with chips. You can choose from Angus beef pattie and pickle, bacon and halloumi, chicken and avocado with chilli mango mayo, and smokey BBQ pulled pork. I went with the Angus beef and the pulled pork. They went down a treat whilst hubby had the Chicken Parmigiana with chips.
On another occasion, I gave their tropical sourdough melt a go, with its Swiss cheese, sliced pineapple and leg ham. It came with chips and was very filling. Hubby picked the New York club sandwich with salad. It was colourful with bacon, turkey, egg, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise, and went down well.
Other lunch items to be had are warming soups, fish and chips, bacon and leek quiche, a spinach and feta frittata, a range of artisan burgers, gourmet sandwiches and salads, loaded fries with jalapenos and cheese, quesadillas and, the more recently added, soft tacos. A special Kid's Favourites menu will take care of the young ones' bellies.
We've also stopped by a few times for coffee and cake. Both were great, especially the latter for this sweet toother. Try the Charlotte Royale with its swirls of vanilla sponge and strawberry mousse filling decorated Swiss roll style, the Passionfruit Bomb with a scoop of cream, and the Pistachio and Raspberry cake slice. All were decadent and delicious.
Other sweet things include cheesecake, chocolate tortes, brownies, tarts, apple butter cake and lemon meringue pie. They often put up themed cookies and cupcakes when it's Easter or Mother's Day. For Australia Day, they had green and yellow lamingtons. You can also buy whole cakes and order birthday cakes.
Devonshire tea and two separate high teas - one for adults and one for kids - are available. The adult high tea includes the usual components of ribbon sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, and an assortment of petite sweets with tea or coffee. Shingle Inn also include hot options, such as mini sausage rolls and mini quiche. The kid's high tea includes a mini sausage roll with sauce, a ham sandwich, a Spotty cookie, marshmallow stick and a milkshake or a babyccino.
The beverage choice is plentiful with both hot and cold items. Hot drinks include your usual coffee in a variety of ways and various teas. For something decadent, try the hot chocolate with marshmallows and chocolate sauce or the affogato, with an espresso shot, vanilla ice cream and hazelnut syrup. Cold drinks include their famous Lime Mint Julep (ice cream soda), iced mocha and frappes, classic milkshakes, smoothies, juices and soft drinks. We can vouch for the mango frappe, mango maca and banana blast. They were all good.
Pricing is very reasonable to that of other cafes with breakfast items from $5, lunch mains from $11 (nothing over $20) and the kid's menu with all items under $10. The adult high tea is $29.50 per person whilst the kid's high tea sits at $11.90 per child. For the full menu with prices, click here.
Shingle Inn is open 7 days and you could even have an early dinner. See their hours below. You'll find them near Target on level 4 in Westfield with cosy booths inside making the experience intimate and seating outside giving off a more casual feel. No more food court crowds and noise for me.