berry sourdough cafe is one of the first places Dylan and I blogged about. We hadn’t been to the cafe since that visit back in 2010 when we had been road tripping down to Melbourne. Since then my Grandma has moved to the south coast near Nowra and a family catch up saw a breakfast pit stop at Berry locked in.
Being the Easter long weekend there were a few places that were closed and I was worried about how difficult it would be to find a table at the cafe (they don’t take bookings). Fortunately when we arrived there was only a short wait for our group of six. Seated on the front verandah we had a large table in the corner all to ourselves. The only downside was when the wind swept through it could get a little chilly in the shade.
Breakfast started with a round of piccolos. Nothing too fancy nor terrible, just a pleasant coffee to start the day. It didn’t take Dylan too long to order a second to keep him going.
sauteed local mushrooms on sourdough with house made ricotta ($17.00).
As is usually the case with breakfast I was torn between sweet and savoury. Did I want the brioche with poached pears and pistachio creme fraiche? Or the mushrooms with house made ricotta? After much internal debate I settled on the mushies and boy was I in for a treat.
Two slices of the bakery’s ‘berry sourdough’ were buried under a mountain of mushrooms of all shapes and sizes. Swiss brown, king brown, enoki and button mushrooms pan fried in butter with herbs and topped with dollops of fresh, cloud-like creamy ricotta. My brother may have downed the brioche in 60 seconds flat (with a big thumbs up) but I was rather impressed with my hearty meal.
house baked beans with chorizo, poached eggs & sourdough baguette ($17.50).
It was the promise of house made baked beans and poached eggs that lured Dylan in. The addition of chorizo sold the deal. Not much of a breakfast eater Dylan ironically ordered the largest dish on the menu. berry sourdough cafe do not shy away from generous portions! Nicely baked, the beans were substantial on their own while the decently poached eggs had mostly runny yolks. Unfortunately the chorizo was a little lacking and the baguette, though delicious on its own, was not entirely the best sort to mop up the sauce.
Somehow, some way, I miraculously resisted all temptation with the cafe’s sweet treats as I was on the hunt for Berry’s Famous Donut Van. Both breakfasts we’ve had at the cafe have been thoroughly enjoyable. While I’ve heard mixed reviews about their lunch menu I can definitely vouch for brekkie. Oh and those tarts and pastries. Next time I won’t leave without a stash.
berry sourdough cafe
23 Prince Alfred Street
Berry NSW 2535
(02) 4464 1617
berry sourdough cafe Website