- Chloe Grabham
What's the buzz at this gourmet Penrith 'Village'?
Once home to a church back in the 1900’s, then transformed into restaurant meets gift-store that feed the masses of Penrith for many years, and now home to one of the city’s freshest bursts of café life, make way for The Village.
It is a fresh breath of potted garden, Boston fern, rustic café life that was much needed. The Village makes the most of its historic structure; with a clever fusion between the old surrounds the new, a trend which is echoed in the classic meets modern menu.
Open for breakfast, lunch and for a night time feed enjoy the menu from the next door Italian Product of Italy, The Village covers all dining bases. Locals flock to indulge in the assorted range of coffees, smoothies and juices to start their daily grind, where you will find a mixed crowd of mums with bubs having a catch up over coffee, to power lunches with the suited business crowd.
Gone are the days of hanging stained glass butterfly’s ( for those of you who ever visited King Henry's Court, you will know what I mean here), tables are now adorned with posies of fresh flowers, the walls are stripped back to reveal a raw concrete Mediterranean.
Breakfast dishes are served in elaborate platter style plates that look more like a drinks tray. Generous and fresh, traditional scrambled eggs with mushrooms is anything but ordinary with the mushrooms brushed with a light soy flavour giving it an Asian influence.
The Croque Monsoir is a rich compilation of golden brioche toast, gruyere cheese and double smoked ham, perfect with honeycomb cold brew.
You will feel healthier just looking at the Garden Breakfast, brimming with meaty king brown mushrooms, radiant truss tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, feta, chickpea, two eggs your way and a side of rye toast.
For lunch enjoy a light and varied menu of cafe favourites like the wagyu burger, chicken schnitzel and the charcuterie sandwich. Speaking of charcuterie, the Charcuterie Bar is an enticing selection of cured meats and cheeses, sourced from all over the world.
The upstairs Atrium is encrusted with crisp white furniture and a certain vibrancy created from the freshly potted plants making it the function space one of the most sought after in the area. Ideal for Birthdays, engagements or any excuse for a group dining event, the experienced team will be sure to make sure everything goes smoothly.
A second lease of life has brought this historic Penrith landmark back to life and has quickly established itself as a dining go-to for locals.
74 Henry Street
Penrith NSW 2750
(02) 4721 1155