The township of Glenbrook is pivotal to the Blue Mountains. This area is the first impression for many tourists making the pilgrimage through the heritage listed national park. For those in need of stretching their legs and feeding a caffeine deprived mind, then look no further than Cafe 2773 Glenbrook, located at 19 Ross Street. Cleverly named after the Glenbrook postcode, the cafe also employs a strong philosophy of supporting local businesses and produce where possible.
Wagyu and mushroom pizza
Front of 2773 Glenbrook
Walk down a paved path that leads to a renovated older home, on the right you will find a new wood fire oven, and to the left picnic like benches for the outdoor dining fans. Everything is new and bright, creating a very inviting ambience.
Welcome to 2773
Wood fire oven
Picnic benches for outdoor dining
Greeted by the young waitress and shown to a table inside, I couldn’t help but notice the modern stylish theme continued throughout the interior - eye popping canary yellow finishes are matched with the black and timber furniture. There is a feature wall which is done in a chalkboard like style, featuring an old train map of the Blue Mountains, adding to the sense of journey of which many patrons would be familiar with.
Feature wall and bright interior
Front of house
In the warmer months the undercover outdoor section is fantastic, especially for families as it is located right next to the children's play area. A brand new enclosed section decked out with a cubby house and slippery dip, the little ones are sure to be kept busy.
The cubby house is great for kids
Cosy outdoor dining
My favourite part of the cafe is the pet pig pen, where a few little piggies have a large cage to run wild in. This is next to the chook pen, where there is a hen house and a large area for them to roam. A garden patch is also in bloom, giving the premises a farm like feel.
Hen Pen and fresh garden
The cosy interior of the cafe feels like you are visiting someones home. Whilst the rain fell from the heavens outside, and the fog rolled in-delicious aroma’s wafted from the kitchen, making my appetite grow.
The decor adds to the rustic ambience
The menus are designed into three categories with breakfast and lunch, dinner, and drinks.
The Breakfast menu features standouts like Poached Duck egg ($10), Franks and Beans ($15) and Buttermilk Pancakes ($15). Burgers are a popular selection on the lunch menu starting at $17.50.
Opening up the dinner menu I discovered that the meals are designed with the concept of sharing. The suggestion is for three-four plates per couple with options like: Crispy Duck Shanks ($22), Soft Shell Crab ($20), Dr Pepper Caramelised Pork Ribs ($24) - or the Italian style Quail ($23). Vegetarian options include Stuff Field Mushrooms ($16) and the Quinoa Salad ($18).
Blackboard special The Plank
Blackboard Specials feature The Plank($32), which is a mix of daily favourites. This week (as at the time of writing this) they featured Lamb cutlets with minted yoghurt Harissa, Scotch Fillet with Cafe de Paris butter, and Salmon Fillet with tempura prawns and hollandaise sauce.
In the mood for comfort food I choose from the Pizza menu - a gourmet selection of clever flavour combinations like: Chorizo, pepperoni and pork ($19), Prawns, scallops, crab, squid and broccolini ($19), Wagyu Beef, roasted garlic, mushrooms and chives ($19); and for vegetarian lovers the Tomato, Mozzarella, Bocconcini, basil and olive oil ($17).
Chorizo and Pork Pizza
Three pizzas are more then enough to share between three people, and are a good standard pizza size. The Chorizo and pork pizza is a delicious option for meat lovers, with the pork belly pieces just melting in the mouth. One of the highlights is the slow roasted cloves of garlic married with the Wagyu beef - a rich and strong flavour combination of sweet and succulent ingredients. As a devout cheese fanatic, the flavours of the mozzarella, bocconcini and basil are incredible, and of the three toppings this would have to my favourite.
The delicious Tomato and Mozzarella
The drinks menu offers something for everyone, with standard soft drinks, coffees and teas; to the alcoholic range of Wines, beers and ciders.
For something bubbly try the Lock and Key Sparkling, a light and citrus drop at $7.50 a glass or $28 a bottle.
Still enjoying the homely, comforting ambience of the evening, it would be sacrilegious to say no to a coffee and desert. There are a great range of deserts to choose from which cover all styles of tastes. Choose from the Pineapple and passionfruit Cheesecake ($9), Mixed Berry and Frangipane Tart with ice cream ($9); or the Chocolate Fondant tart warmed with vanilla mascarpone ($9).
Cake Chest to choose from
Struggling like always to make room for dessert, I ordered one serving of the Fondant tart to share between three. This is a rich desert, and it needs the mascarpone to cut through the density and slight dryness of the batter. I am glad this was shared because it is overtly sweet.
Chocolate Fondant Tart
These guys know how to make a good coffee, with care and crafting going into each and every cup of java. My soy latte was full bodied with a roasted flavour. Delicious and enjoyable.
Everything about 2773 Glenbrook is refreshing. Its ambience; bright and welcoming contributed by the bubbly staff, and the food is fresh and flavoursome. An excellent dining option for the weary traveller, to a long sunday brunch with friends, it’s a place for all occasions.
Where: 19 Ross Street Glenbrook NSW
Why: Funky ambience and fresh produce
Cost: Mains $17
Monday to Wednesday – 7.30am to 4.30pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday – 7.30am to Late (Dinner Menu)
Sunday – 7.30am to 5.00pm
Good for kids: Excellent, with the outdoor play area and animals to see it is great for kids.
Take away: Coffee
Location beautiful. Staff very friendly.
Service very very slow. Breakfast very ordinary and very pricey for what you get. I am still wondering if my scrabbled eggs were in fact powder eggs. Had absolutely no flavour. Must has made a large batch and warmed them in the microwave. Will not be going back for breakfast
Appalling end to Mothers Day after a 2 hour wait for service and our meals. Meat dish arrives with an unasked for and undocumented seafood inclusion. Asked for the bill for a quick exit to get home to meds. Owner rude and abusive after asking how the food was - apparently it's my problem they made an error with the food due to their carelessness. A simple apology and all would have been well. Not from this male 'cafe owner' apparently he runs the 'best cafe in Penrith'. After berating us for responding to the question by the cashier 'how was your meal?' we won't be going back. I'd encourage any other woman who objects to violence in their community to do the same. Appalling reaction when a 'sorry' would have resolved the issue. Lisa R