Recently I got to visit one of a trio of excellent new dining options in the luscious green surrounds of Centennial Park twice - it was the new Centennial Parklands Cafe. The cafe is a bright, modern space with clean lines and a great view of the park on three sides. The glass surrounds open up when the weather warrants it, so enjoy your well made Vittoria Rainforest Blend Organic Coffee ($3.50) in the fresh air.
But the highlight of my trip was the delicate lemony Hollandaise sauce and vivid yellow eggs characterise that the memorable Eggs Benedict ($15.50), served (I was delighted) with butter on the side (instead of missing, as is so often the case of late). Eggs Benedict is one of my favourite breakfasts, and it is rarely done this well.
My dining companion had a Three Cheese Soufflé Tart ($13.50) which was eye-catching with a vividly coloured roast tomato salad perched on top. Sadly I neglected to photograph it.
Freshness is paramount on this constantly updating menu, serving all day breakfast (and a relaxed bistro lunch) between the hours of 7.30am and sundown. If you’re accompanied by small folk there are high chairs and a neighbouring fully canopied playground within view if they’re campaigning to play while you finish your meal. If your companions are four-legged, there are shady spots nearby to secure them (if you’re not fortunate enough to score a table on the wooden terrace).
Parking is delightfully untimed and free; it was plentiful on the day I dined, which admittedly was midweek. I also returned to this venue on the 04th February, 2009 for the media launch of Taste of Sydney. This is a festival of eating, which will be held in the park for four days between the 12th and the 15th March, 2009. That launch was extremely well documented on Grab Your Fork, so I bow to Helen's excellent photography and words - see them HERE. Suffice to say I was impressed with the offering from the Centennial Parklands Dining kitchen - Beetroot Macaroons with Foie Gras. I am all about the humble (and in this case, not so humble) macaroon these days.
Centennial Parklands Cafe
Grand Drive, Centennial Park
Ph: (02) 9380 9350