Penny Garden Restaurant

IMG_0252We 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!IMG_0270

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.

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We had;

UntitledpggAvo 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

IMG_0258Pancake 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.

UntitledpgEggs 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!! Untitledcc
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