After hearing so many positive reports about Wildpear Café, I figured it was high time that I paid it a visit. I know that Dural isn’t far from the CBD but relative to the majority of the other cafés that I review, it is!
Probably the first thing to note is that you should definitely book a table! The queue never had fewer than five groups in it for the duration of my visit and arriving at 10am resulted in a twenty minute wait. Not terrible but easily avoidable!
WPC is next door to a nursery and if you’re not lucky enough to grab one of the three parking spots right out the front (excluding the three disabled spots available), then stick to the driveway to the left of the café and you’ll find a car park to the rear.
The interior was a hive of activity with enough staff to cater for the large dining area. I recommend asking for a table on the verandah to the rear as it provides a very pleasant outlook. The staff were very attentive to all of our needs and even though it was sometimes hard to hear what they were saying due to the noise, ordering was pretty straight forward.
When it comes to their caffeine, I was impressed and I think that you will be too! Our coffees ($3.90) were strong with hardy but by no means bitter flavours.
Well presented but ‘as expected’ milkshakes. Regular flavours are $5.50 while the rosewater milkshake is $7.90. Mine came resplendent with pashmak (Persian candy floss) and while it was extremely impressive to look at, there was no discernible rose water flavour. Granted, it should never be overpowering in whatever it’s added to, but my milkshake simply tasted like a regular strawberry shake.
The menu covers most palates and a dish that suited one of my guests was the bacon avocado stack ($19.90). The dish features a mountain of bacon (if you like it crispy you’ll need to request that), parmesan, ricotta, spinach and scorched cherry tomatoes. My guest would have preferred more avocado but she loved the flavour combination especially the spicy housemade chilli jam which brought it all together.
The Wildpears big breakfast ($21.90) features all of the usual suspects: bacon, eggs (done any way), toast and mushrooms but also adds the scorched cherry tomatoes, chorizo and a hash brown worth fighting over! The bacon in my opinion could stand to have been cooked slightly longer but my guest was happy overall with the seasoned mushrooms, egg and chorizo. The hash brown was quite dense and fried to perfection. It was hefty, seasoned well and absolutely scrumptious.
Very rarely do I find a burger, roll or sandwich that I cannot fit in my mouth but I certainly found one in this case! The breakfast burger ($21) is a special so it’s only available for a short time and it is absolutely laden! I’ve included photos as it arrived and after I had constructed it by putting the hash brown inside and topping it with the cheese-coasted bun! It was no good though, I had to eat the hash brown on its own which was topped with the housemade chilli jam, adding a fantastic kick.
Back to the burger though… it was quite unwieldy as the egg had already broken and the spicy aioli and melted cheese added to the liquid fest! I managed to consume it all with my hands though as I did get it under control! The bun held together which is a feat in itself. Inside this behemoth you’ll find bacon, chorizo, egg, spinach, cheese, aioli and the hash brown with chilli jam so if you like your breakfast in roll form and with everything, then you’ll enjoy this. There was fresh dill added as well which in my opinion didn’t add much to the already-impressive list of flavours.
Other breakfast dishes include vegetarian breakfast (poached eggs, grilled haloumi, muchrooms, smashed peas & avocado, hash brown and scorched cherry tomatoes, $21.90), sweet peat falafel (poached eggs, grilled haloumi, avocado & herb salad with tahini yoghurt, $21.90), corn & quinoa fritters with bacon, chili jam & avocado salad ($21.90), pan fried mushrooms & feta with fried eggs, fresh enoki mushrooms & walnut sage butter sauce ($19.90) and buttermilk pancakes with fresh strawberries, double cream and maple syrup ($16.90).
A slightly more expensive breakfast menu but regardless this is a location well worth the trip as the service and food was spot-on.
Overall Rating: 17.5/25
Phone: 9651 6600
Address: 658 Old Northern Road, Dural
Payment Options: EFTPOS, credit cards, cash. No split bills, credit card minimum $20.