|Ricotta & rhubard brulee tart from Wild Pear Cafe|
But Wild Pear Cafe in Dural is pretty tasty.
The little yet well-known cafe is located among orchards and nurseries in the lovely environment of Dural, and next to it is a colourful pots shop that almost distracts us from the reason we were there. The interior is nicely designed, with homey ambiance and friendly service.
We were seated on the veranda, which has great nursery view and even more relaxed vibe.
We started off with drinks; while I did not try the guy's cappuccino, my chai tea was fragrant and warming in that particular windy day.
I was skeptic of the chicken quinoa salad, mostly because I can't even pronounce quinoa, but it came onto the table looking marvelous with the bright colours. The plate contains a lot of bursts of spicy flavour, which I suspect come from ras el hanout, a spice mix originated from North Africa. The dish is well balanced and the tender, smoky chicken is another bonus.
|Chicken quinoa salad (with beetroot, ras el hanout, currants, pine nuts, yoghurt & pomegranate dressing) - $23.9|
This is very unexpected, but my beef burger is sadly less exciting. There are melted cheese and bacon, which are two main things needed in a burger, but unfortunately the bun as well as the patty is slightly too dry to my liking, and even the tasty onion relish and mustard cannot do much for them.
Chunky chips served in a mini deep-frying basket, however, are always a welcomed sight.
|Beef burger (with cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion relish, mustard aioli, and chips) - $21.9|
Their dessert realm is on another whole new level though. The dessert menu seems to change regularly judging from their Instagram page, although some items such as the Turkish delight smashed pavlova appears more often.
That day we settled on the ricotta & rhubarb brulee tart with thyme syrup, meringue, ice cream, and fresh figs.
|Ricotta & rhubarb brulee tart with fresh figs, meringue, thyme syrup, and ice cream|
Not only it is picturesque, it gains strong points for taste too. The pastry is short, a perfect vehicle for the creamy, tangy filling of ricotta & rhubarb. Satisfactory crack comes from the torched sugar layer on top, and the syrup adds more sweetness with delicious aroma.
The plump and juicy fresh figs are also an absolute winner, and they are sourced from local farms.
Great nurseries, farms, and killer views - and now that we have discovered good cafes; Dural may have gained a new regular visitor.
Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)
Great dessert, nice selection of dishes, service is attentive, price is OK, ambiance is great with lovely environment.
Currency: $1 = IDR 9,200
WILD PEAR CAFE
658 Old Northern Rd
Dural NSW 2158
Phone: (02) 9651 6600