Cafe at Lewers is located at 86 River Road, Emu Plains among the grounds of the local Lewers Gallery - one of the hidden gems of the Nepean Valley. Offering a seasonal menu from produce grown on the premises, the cafe is a must visit for lovers of gourmet food and art. Run by well known chef and writer Ross Dobson - Lewers delivers a well crafted selection of meals, from a surprisingly small kitchen.
Delicious Sweetcorn Fritters
Lush, green and ready to eat.
The cafe offers two seating options, with a large undercover section perfect for rainy days and heat waves - and scattered seating of tables, chairs and umbrellas amongst the garden. A combination of sculptures and a crop of corn decorate the landscape, making the way for a relaxing dining ambience.
Rustic outdoor garden dining area
Great large tables for group brunch's on a summers morning
Staff provide friendly table service, and even in busy periods manage to attend to guests in a timely fashion. The menu isnít extensive due to the strong influence of only using what is seasonal. Additional to the standard menu is the blackboard specials.
Surrounded by an established garden
These blackboard specials featured a common theme of zucchini (the seasonal veg of the month): Bacon, egg and zucchini filo tart ($17.50) zucchini, roast capsicum, feta and basil pizza ($17.50) and the Sweetcorn Fritters served with roast tomato and green salad ($16.50).
The Blackboard Specials
The standard menu is divided into breakfast and lunch items, with the breakfast menu definitely bringing more options to choose from. Offering a lot of free-range and vegetarian dishes like the Lewers FAT (Feta, Avocado and tomato on sourdough, $14) or the Toasted Cranberry and Walnut Bread ($9) for something sweet.
For a fresh and vibrant brunch/lunch try the Vietnamese Chicken Salad ($17.50). A very generous serve with poached chicken; cabbage; Asian herbs and a tangy dressing, of which could easily be shared between two. For something a bit lighter and not so zesty, the Sweetcorn Fritters with roast tomato were moorish and delicious.
Refreshing and Tangy the Vietnamese Chicken Salad
Enjoy a journey of sweet, sour and salty flavours.
No visit is complete for coffee lovers without sampling a cup of fresh brew, and at $4 a cup is reasonable for the outstanding quality.
To end the culinary experience, the deserts featured on the Blackboard Menu were humble and light with Strawberry and Coconut Muffins ($5), Lemon Syrup Cake ($7) and Almond Ginger Slice ($4) as tempters.
Great for a light afternoon tea on a summers afternoon in the garden.
Cosy hiding spots in the garden
Cafe at Lewers does have a point of difference from the other cafeís in the region - offering guests the opportunity to eat amongst the fresh produce growing right there in the heritage listed gardens. Donít forget to pay a visit to the Lewers Gallery upon your visit to see some amazing pieces by local and international artists.
Produce growing fresh on site
The Lewers Gallery
Where: 86 River Road, Emu Plains NSW.
Why: Delicious fresh produce growing on site; the Lewers Gallery to visit and amazing coffee.
Cost: Breakfast $7 and Lunch $9
Open Wednesday to Friday 10am Ė 3pm
Saturday & Sunday 8am Ė 4pm
Good for kids: Fantastic, with a garden to go exploring in and a yummy healthy menu.
Take away: Coffee and cake.