You won’t find a café in the area of Kiama with a view that’s as glorious as Penny Whistlers. It looks out towards a green park and beyond that is a panoramic view of the bay and lighthouse. There are some sunny tables outside but I found the interior to be well-lit & clean and the friendly staff gave us their full attention as soon as we entered.
I’ve become pretty accustomed to Sydney coffee but I was very impressed with the coffee ($3.50) on offer at PW. It probably helps that they use Campos! Every cup I saw was presented well and mine tasted great. Filtered coffee is available batch brew or cold drip ($4.50 each).
Tea craft tea (small pot $3.50, large pot $5) is on offer in many varieties so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Three flavours of milkshake ($5.50) are on offer: strawberry, chocolate and vanilla & malt. The house-made syrups are definitely a step up from your run of the mill shakes but I would have preferred mine a bit thick with extra ice cream. Definitely a tasty shake though.
The freshly squeezed juice of the day ($6) was pineapple, apple, and celery. The combination was heavenly. I now officially like celery with some of my fruit juices!
Other beverages available include classic banana smoothie ($6.50) and super smoothies ($8.50) such as cacao super smoothie (organic almond milk, banana, cacao powder, Brazil nuts, dates and cinnamon and boysenberry protein shake (organic almond milk, banana, boysenberries, whey protein, LSA and honey.
The braised baked beans on toast ($15) is quite a sizable serving for the price. My guest added bacon for $4. These were some of the best baked beans I’ve come across mainly because they were actually house made. Not only that but they were made even more special thanks to the slow braised ham hock that was thrown into the mix. The sauce was thick, rich and delicious! The beans are served with crispy chat potatoes and toasted olive and rosemary bread. I wouldn’t have chosen olive bread but it worked very well. You can add poached eggs to the dish for $4.
My Penny’s Benny ($15) read well on the menu: “our Benedict served on house made English muffin with wilted spinach, double smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise”. There were two few things that let the dish down in execution: the hollandaise sauce was too thick and instead of a muffin mine was served on a thick, doughy roll which turned this into a disappointing dish.
Other items on the menu include apple crumble buttermilk hotcakes ($16) and crushed avocado & lime (with heirloom cherry tomatoes, Meredith feta, dukkah and micro herbs served on toasted quinoa & soy sourdough, $13).
While I didn’t enjoy my Benedict, Penny Whistlers can prepare some tasty breakfasts. Their coffee is on point and the outlook is one to remember. And the breakfast menu is served all day so yo’re welcome any time!
Overall Rating: 16.5/25
Phone: 4233 2770
Address: 5/31 Shoalhaven Street, Kiama
Payment Options: Credit card, EFTPOS, cash