We visited the Swan Valley for a special birthday brunch on the weekend – Chef’s grandads 80th.
We easily found the Penny Garden Restaurant (situated next to Yahava coffee and near to the Margaret River Chocolate factory). The name “Penny Garden” comes from the discovery of old coins during its construction.
Little Chef clocked the bouncy castle straight away, which is free for patrons. It was a good bargaining tool for us – he could have a bounce if he ate all his breakfast – little did we know HOW BIG his breakfast was to be!
We sat indoors by the window overlooking the dam and vineyards; you can also sit outside under the veranda. I have to admit I had imagined the restaurant/cafe to be in a lush garden, not just a vast lawn. Inside was a little noisy, as we were essentially sitting in a big shed. The staff were friendly and efficient.
Avo Smash $22 2 free range poached eggs, smashed avocado, Danish fetta and spinach on top toasted Turkish bread with a half a baked savoury tomato
Pancake Stack $19 Four Pancakes, with a choice of maple syrup or a blueberry compote. I asked if LC could have a child portion of this (2 pancakes), but the waiter said they didn’t do that. I assume the reason being it would stuff up their mise en place (prep) or something. I just hate wastage though! LC did well, but only managed half of the adults serve.
Eggs Benedict $20.50 2 poached free-range eggs, ham, wilted spinach, hollandaise on an English muffin with a baked savoury topped half a tomato. Hash brown $3.50 extra
The food was all very tasty and well cooked. I really enjoyed the Avo Smash. I do think that breakfast dishes should generally be under $20 though (unless a very substantial dish like a Full English). Maybe these dishes were a touch overpriced.
Penny Garden is a very family friendly restaurant and LC just loved the bouncy castle. It was well suited to a large family gathering with lots of children under 10 there. It was a lovely morning spent with Chef’s vast extended family – we were even treated to some tasty cupcakes. Thank you for having us to celebrate with you – Happy Birthday Grandad!!
This post made me so hungry! Eggs hollandaise is my absolute favourite food! Especially with smoked salmon…. Yum.
Ps – I’ve nominated you for a blogger recognition – check out my post for details xxx Em
Awww thanks Em!! Someone else beat you too it! I did a liebster post a couple of months ago. That’s so nice of you though – thanks for thinking of me and my lil blog 🙂
No need to repost anything, just wanted to show your fantastic blog some recognition! E x