A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published January 6th 2017
Update October 23rd 2019
Please note this venue is closed and no longer trading
Sip on chai, and a little history
Two little Sydneysiders on holiday in Toukley ventured over to The Entrance one afternoon and stumbled upon a humble lunch spot called The Old Bank. Visible from the water's edge, this revamped establishment treats locals and tourists alike to a good cuppa and a taste of modern Australia.
A piece of Central Coast history which you may glance your eyes upon through old photos on the walls, meets contemporary foodie culture. I remember seeing in one of these dated images a horse-drawn carriage in a rustic nineteenth-century town. So classic! Today, a list of cafe favourites are served up and savoured here.
Spot the big clock with old photos on either side (didn't get any close-ups of these unfortunately)
Friendly, attentive staff promptly gave us a menu to ponder over as soon as we'd taken a seat inside the tall doorway. A warm welcome was also extended by the family-oriented atmosphere that filled the room. It didn't take long for a follow-up for what we wanted to drink and shortly thereafter, what we felt like nibbling on.
I went for a large Chai Latte with soy milk. The more the merrier of this sweetened pick-me-up while relishing in the combination of colourful beach art and black-and-white stills from the past that surrounded us - especially with dreary weather outside. We were feeling peckish, however, while the likes of the beef burger with caramelised onion sounded good, it was one of those days where we wouldn't have done justice to something quite so hearty.
Luckily the gourmet Turkish bread sandwiches with chicken, avocado, veggies and cheese were just right. These came to us extra toasty and with this, the cheese was extra melty over all the goodies. This was reminiscent of good old tasty Maccas cheese, which I guess is very much a part of modern Australia. Simple presentation made dining here all the more homely.
You're likely to find just the bite of modern Australia that you're after in this Entrance establishment - whether that be a B.L.T. wrap, a Caeser Salad, or a Seafood Basket. A casual atmosphere with a hint of colonialism makes this a wonderful place to stop and refresh, regardless of whether you're from the area or simply passing through.
Lunch menu - see more the breakfast & dinner menus here:https://www.agfg.com.au/guide/172/nsw/central-coast-nsw/wyong-area/the-entrance/restaurants-dining/the-old-bank-cafe