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Thanksgiving at The Q on Harris Cafe

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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
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The Q on Harris is a café in Ultimo serving up breakfast, brunch and lunch with Indonesian coffee roasted in-house that has the patrons returning time and time again. The menu changes regularly and the latest specialities are around celebrating the American tradition of Thanksgiving.

The Q on Harris cafe, Thanksgiving promotion
Facebook - The Q on Harris

Whilst Thanksgiving is not normally celebrated in Australia, with the exception of our external territory of Norfolk Island, we should all give our blessings for the preceding year and thanks to our farmers for the harvests that provide our feasts.

We all appreciate good food no matter the occasion and I can't think of a reason not to celebrate this holiday. The Q on Harris is like-minded and are putting out two dishes with components that are often associated with Thanksgiving – chicken and pumpkin.

I was lucky enough, with my husband, to be invited to try these themed dishes that are available from 24-26 November as a set meal for $25 per person. A regular coffee and water are included in the price.

First up were pieces of fried chicken on a bed of slaw with house-made waffles and a wedge of lime. A cranberry chutney and sour cream came in a separate bowl as sides. Not your normal fried and greasy chicken but wonderful tasty segments cooked with maple syrup and spices. Sweet and spicy at the same time, they disappeared from our plates quickly. We both gave them a thumbs up and agreed they were quite unique in taste, cooked well and a nice change from the usual chicken in our local area. We added the cranberry to the waffles, which made for a nice combination.

Fried chicken on waffles
No ordinary chicken

The main was rather filling in itself, but after a breather, this dessert lover was intrigued to taste the pumpkin dish. Now, here in Australia, we mostly eat pumpkin mashed or roasted with meat of some form. My American friend, however, clued me in a few years back that this vegetable is also used in desserts. I always thought this strange but not after today. What came to us was a spiced pumpkin parfait, consisting of a maple glaze with Japanese (another country that celebrates Thanksgiving) pumpkin mousse, caramelised pecans and citrus pastry shards on top. The combination of flavours and the variety of textures made for a truly amazing treat. Suffice to say, I'm now a convert in that pumpkin does work as a dessert.

Spiced Pumpkin Parfait
To die for

Make sure you get in quick and don't miss out on this deal as it is only available for a few days. The cafe is open from 6.30am-3pm during the week and on Saturdays from 8am-2.30pm. You can sit indoors or outdoors as we did in the courtyard, surrounded by greenery.

The Q on Harris cafe courtyard
Love the name of the book - napping is exactly the way I feel after a heavenly meal

The Q on Harris is easy to find, directly (diagonally) across from the Powerhouse Museum. It's an oasis to relax in whilst celebrating this holiday eating, drinking and giving thanks to your nearest and dearest. The owner and his staff are very friendly and attend in a timely manner.

The Q on Harris staff
Smiles all round

So have a Happy Thanksgiving and check out their Facebook page for other delights they have. I hear the Smoked Salmon Tartine and the Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake are very popular.
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*Irenke Forsyth was invited as a guest
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Why? A good meal in the name of giving thanks
When: Open from 6.30am Mon-Fri and from 8am Sat
Phone: 02 8957 3527
Where: 597 Harris St., Ultimo
Cost: Promotion $25 p.p.
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