I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
Opening earlier this year, (2017) The Wren is a newcomer to the Dural cafe scene and named for the sociable little bird that can be found in Sydney's Hills district. Owned by locals Reuben & Amelia, the sparkling clean cafe has been years in the planning. One can sit in or outside, the tables are well spaced and the atmosphere is so welcoming and comfortable that you feel no need to hurry.
The styling of the spacious room has a calming light and airy Scandinavian aesthetic that allows the food to speak for itself. The small but expanding menu focuses on fresh locally sourced seasonal produce. A couple of creative specials are served to the weekend regulars to test popularity for inclusion on the regular menu. Breakfast is available all day and includes items such as bacon & egg roll for $12.50, poached eggs & sourdough toast for $12.50 or brioche French toast $17.50.
The Korean-style fried chicken burger $17.50 was juicy and flavoursome with a delicious chilli mayo and a crunchy creamy apple slaw was a filling lunch served with crisp non greasy chips. The peppery pesto pappardelle with pumpkin and tomato medley $21 was perfect for the cool day.
The Mecca coffee was good and I loved the stylish espresso machine. Cakes, doughnuts, brownies and muffins are produced by a couple of local small businesses and the delicious gluten free banana and raspberry muffin ($6) we shared was light and moist.
The menu allows adaptations to suit most dietary requirements and there are plenty of gluten-free options in the cake cabinet please check with the waitstaff if you have allergies. There is ample parking nearby, they take cards and cash have an onsite toilet and The Wren welcomes children. The service is friendly and you may be lucky enough to meet the delightful young ladies that were working when we dined.