In a flurry of bridles, babies and their accompanying Bugaboos, I welcomed in spring at this premier picnic spot.
(Curse me for not remembering that school holidays had begun.)
The restaurant has closed, leaving just a function space and the well-patronised duo of kiosk and café. Chef Dwight Peters has overhauled the menu, which is now presented in sections that get you thinking about provenance.
My dining companion drew her textbook spring Cone Bay Barramundi with Confit Potatoes and Green Beans ($30) from Our Oceans, Lakes and Rivers, while I turned to Our Paddocks, Farms and Fields for a vegetarian Ploughman’s Lunch ($22).
Arriving with a cute paper topped jar of beetroot relish, the niftily presented board bore Maffra cloth-wrapped cheddar, grilled bread, rocket and apple ‘slaw.
However I suspect presenting Hand Cut Potato Wedges ($13) in fry baskets might be a bridge too far...
Never mind, just enjoy the house-made fresh curd (which is popping up all over Sydney) on a Salad of Roast Beetroot and Witlof ($16) complemented by a nicely restrained seeded mustard dressing.
Anti-kid? Friday afternoons promise a more adult vibe - how does live jazz with a grassy Philip Shaw No. 19 Sauvignon Blanc ($10.50/glass) under fragrant wisteria vines strike you?
Centennial Parklands Café
Grand Drive, Centennial Park
Ph: (02) 9380 9350