The Roasted Berry inside Mingara at Tumbi Umbi was surprisingly divine. Who would have thought the Central Coast would ever become so chic and upbeat in tune to it all? You never know.
More popular than anticipated
The ambience is so welcoming, and it is great to know they bake their artisan breads on the premises. Although the set up is so simple, it is rather elegant. Situated inside a sports club, you're only a few metres away from the swimming pool and the gaming machines, however, you feel secluded in this dining space. The cakes selection upon entering at the main bar is divine. This is where you need to order your grub. Full table service is not provided. Order and pay for your meals, and then they'll be delivered to your table.
A homestyle feel with modern country-style seating, with cookbooks and other kitchen stuffs as an eclectic backdrop are prominent here. You're also able to help yourself to some fairy water, which is simply clear water with a lime wedge. Love the cleanliness and the open planned kitchen.
Took my aunty and uncle (who live on the Central Coast) here for dinner recently. My uncle will eat whatever is put out in front of him, while my aunty (on the other hand) is quite fussy. She originally went for the Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni ($15.50 for members, $17.10 for non-members) comprising of rolls of fresh pasta, ricotta cheese, spinach, napolitana sauce, mozzarella cheese and garden fresh salad - only to be told that they had run out.
A surprisingly good sanctuary
Instead she opted for some Hand-Made Beef Lasagne ($15.50 for members, $17.10 for non-members) comprising of some fresh pasta topped with a beef napolitana sauce, mozzarella cheese and garden fresh salad. My aunty thought there was too much sauce, otherwise she loved this dish and it filled her up, together with a glass of lemon, lime and bitters ordered at the main bar.
Cool coffee machine
My uncle enjoyed the Chicken Parmagiana ($16 for members, $17.60 for non-members) comprising of some flash fried chicken breast ham, napolitana sauce, parmesan cheese, and garden fresh salad with some rosemary salted wedges. I was going to order this dish, however, I was not in the mood to eat some wedges. Must I say the presentation of this dish was beautiful. For someone who was not a fussy eater, he thoroughly loved this dish. The wedges were facing me, and boy they looked appetising.
Lemon, lime and bitters. Not sure of the prices for the drinks, as my uncle wanted to pay for them.
I am glad to have ordered the Brioche Beef Burger ($14 for members, $15.40 for non-members) comprising of a house-made beef pattie, cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce and tomato on a brioche roll with tomato relish and steak fries. Beautifully presented. I had to eat my burger with a knife and fork as it was too large to put into my mouth. The beef pattie was angus style - really filling. The dish was filling full stop. I struggled to finish it off, while my family was my audience for about 15 minutes or so. Give them top marks for presentation, taste and value for money.
The service was excellent. It would be nice to see full table service, however, it is no issue at all. I will return when I am visiting the Central Coast again. The turnout for dinner on a Saturday night was spectacular, and the food was delivered fresh, quickly and at the right temperature to our table.
Better than expected
Beautiful cakes too
Where: Inside Mingara, 1 Mingara Drive Tumbi Umbi NSW.
Why: Fantastic, filling food.
Cost: My bill came to $45.50 as my uncle used his membership card, while I paid for the dinner.
When: Dinner with family is tops - Saturday night.
Near the all for the world to see kitchen
Good for kids: Yes, there were kids there.
Take away: No