The Locale is like a lolly on the sly from the big glass jar that sits neatly on Grandma's kitchen bench; it's definitely worth the trouble. I recently treated myself to such temptation and the result was both impressive and tasty.
As a regular café-goer (and I like to consider myself quite seasoned at road testing them), I highly recommend The Locale to anyone else of my kind. And if cafés are not your usual scene, I suggest you try it.
Situated on 28 Alma Road, New Lambton, The Locale is a pretty little refurbished café that beckons in the public with its quirkiness. The décor is a little bit cosy and a little bit cute, whilst still being ergonomic and easily accessible. If wooden chairs, little round tables and melamine cups as cutlery holders give you the irrepressible urge to Instagram a photo of said items, then this place is for you.
As you walk in and peruse where to sit, the staff are friendly and quick to their feet. The food service is of a 'would-come-back-again' standard. The food is great quality and surprisingly quick to arrive in front of you. The lunch menu features both classics and original signature dishes, which is refreshing to see and taste. And if you can't make up your mind, the classics provide a nice safety net to fall back on. Lunch will set you back anywhere from $10 to $18 - a standard café price. There are also a range of yummy snacks and drinks to add to your meal which won't tip the bill too far over your limit.
I can vouch for one item on the lunch menu in particular; the Fillet 'o Fish Burger. The first bite transported me back to a time when everything was bigger and better. The burgers from McDonalds were bigger and ice creams were more ice cream than they were packaging. The Locale's Fillet 'o Fish Burger is the real, genuine, huge burger that used to come from fish and chip shops, but I think you'll find even they have downgraded their burgers now. In fact it was so big that I couldn't finish it. The ingredients were fresh and delicious, and the lemon juice and aioli combine to replicate what I believe is the physical embodiment of Summer.