Sunday, 15 April 2012

Taste Test - The Woody Pear Cafe

Tel: 9470 9176
Website: http://www.thewoodypear.com.au/

Bright and early this beautiful Sunday morning, a pregnant Mrs YM (YM = yummy mummy) and I caught up for breakfast.  She had been to The Woody Pear Cafe before and recommended it for our breakfast expedition this morning.  I had no objections because I had been there on a previous occasion for dinner and was happy with the food.

We arrived at 8:30am and there was hardly anyone there, however by the time we left at 10:30am there was a lot more traffic.  The Woody Pear Cafe is situated at the top end (or the quieter end) of Albany Highway so it was easy to find parking which is great for Victoria Park.


 As Mrs YM is pregnant, she couldn't have everything on offer at The Woody Pear Cafe.  Their menu is fairly basic and there is not much of a selection on offer but we both found something we wanted.  Well, actually Mrs YM being pregnant and all wanted smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce which are all things she can't have so she had to settle...

Our order
Moi -  Eggs benedict (leg ham with poached eggs on Loafer's organic ciabatta, wilted spinach and hollandaise sauce) $16.50 with green tea $4.50
Mrs YM - Bacon and eggs (Loafer's organic sourdough toasted with two rashers of bacon and scrambled eggs) $12 and latte $4

Food and presentation - 3/5
The servings at The Woody Pear Cafe are generous (we couldn't finish our meal) and quite tasty.  It's breakfast so it's pretty hard to get it wrong.  My complaints were that my eggs benedict was not hot or even warm for that matter, the ciabatta was starting to get soggy and there was too much spinach so the flavours didn't quite balance.  However, the eggs were poached to perfection and the hollandaise sauce tasted nice (but was a little on the runny side).  They can also do with using bigger plates.  Mrs YM didn't appear to have any complaints and commented on how great the coffee is at The Woody Pear Cafe.  

Green Tea $4.50
Latte $4
Bacon and eggs $12
Egg's benedict $16.50

Service -  3.5/5
The waitress attending to us was polite, had a lovely smile on her face and friendly.  A bottle of water was on the table with Mrs YM when I arrived so that made me happy.  No complaints about the service.

Atmosphere - 3.5/5
The outdoor area was nice and relaxing.  The decor is very simple and basic but it is a cafe after all.  Being a Sunday morning it was quiet and it was nice to enjoy breakfast in a quiet, relaxing environment.

Value for money - 3/5
Didn't really pay attention to the price when I was there but when I got home and compared them to other breakfast venues that I've been to, it is slightly dearer.  Considering it isn't anything special, I don't really think it is worth the premium. 

Wow, I feel like a whinger.  I'll most likely return to The Woody Pear Cafe because their dinner was good.  Might try elsewhere for breakfast though.

Taste Test Total Score 13/20
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