Monday, June 30, 2014

Big Tree House Cafe, Rydalmere

Sometimes if you want something bad enough it may just happen! In my case I'm desperate for more cafes to open locally that are willing to serve me brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  Parramatta has one such place, Castle Hill has three (1, 2 and 3), Baulkham Hills has one...but that's pretty much it as far as weekend brunch options go in my neck of the woods (if you know of more, please let me know). Until now...


I recently became aware (thanks to Instagram) of a cafe in Rydalmere that is open ALL weekend.  Hello to Big Tree House Cafe! The photos on Instagram looked pretty great so Dave and I swung by there a few weekends ago for a take-a-away coffee. This place is CUTE and the food coming out of the kitchen looked so tasty.



Normally I'd wait for the weekend to try out a new local cafe with Dave, BUT I had the very next day off work so I hopped in the car and drove the 4kms to Big Tree House and had myself some lunch.

Whilst they serve breakfast all day I was really in the mood for lunch-type food and the Rachel Sandwich ($15.00) sounded pretty great to me! The Rachel is packed with pastrami, coleslaw, Swiss cheese, and pickles and comes served on a board with a bundle of hot chips. I have to say this was one very good sandwich. It smelt incredible which made taking the time to snap a couple of photos nigh on torture. And, two thumbs up for FAT CHIPS!


They also do freshly squeezed Apple or Orange Juice ($6.00) served in a jam jar...because Rydalmere is hip too you know! The juice is great, very refreshing.


The coffee served at Big Tree House is Campos and the chef's wife (and owner) tells me that the staff have undergone training with Campos on how to make a great coffee and I think this is a very good cuppa.


A few days later I'm back with Dave to try the breakfast offerings. The cafe is busy, but not packed and we get a table straight away which is nice. There's also plenty of parking in the area as the cafe is on a quiet, residential street. Win win!


Dave, as predictable as always, orders the Big Tree House Breakfast ($16.00). His plate is heaving with poached eggs, bacon, chorizo, mushrooms, roast tomato and two generously sized pieces of sourdough toast. My eyes hone right on in to the super crispy bacon and I manage to score myself a piece. So good! The chef has done time working in fine dining restaurants, namely with Peter Doyle, and this man sure knows how to turn bacon into perfection!


Everything on the breakfast menu looks so appealing, eventually I settle on the Chorizo and Scrambled Eggs ($12.00). There's not a lot to say about this dish other than it was really delicious. Chorizo for breakfast = winning!



Big Tree House is a great local cafe. The food is delicious, service is efficient, everything on the menu is tempting and the decor is really sweet. In warmer weather it would be lovely to sit out the back under the big old Magnolia Tree that gives the cafe its name. Well done Rydalmere, who knew you were harbouring such a hidden gem!



Big Tree House Cafe is at 88 Calder Rd, Rydalmere. Phone them on 8626 9007.

Opening Hours: 8 am ~ 4 pm and closed on Tuesdays.

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24 comments:

  1. I can suggest a few more in Parramatta - check out Sweet Street Bakery for brunch/coffee and cake; plus the re-opened ThreeRopes Espresso on Darcy street has to be my favourite place in Parra right now! Food here looks fantastic though!

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  2. Thanks for that. We frequent Three Ropes a lot but they are not open on Sundays. I've been to Sweet Street but it's not really made it into my list of "regular" cafes. I don't mind Coco Cubano though...

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  3. Ive never really thought of Coco Cubano for brunch, I just read your post on it and I think Ill have to give it a go! I guess Ive only really been there for tapas or cocktails on a Friday, thats a delicious experience....

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  4. Another great find Mel...I feel like eating breakfast all over again now, preferably somewhere hip and cute just like this x

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  5. drooling at that rachel sandwich right now!

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  6. oooh i think i gotta get me that rachel stat! and so much love for crispy bacon!!

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  7. Lorraine @ Not Quite NigellaJune 30, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    What a great find! I often see new interesting places pop up on IG and twitter! The Rachel sandwich looks like it has a good ratio of bread to filling :)

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  8. ooh food looks great especially that innard shot of the Rachel!

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  9. Sherrie @ Crystal NoirJuly 1, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    That is definitely one tasty looking sammich!

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  10. Cindy (a foodie's joy)July 1, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    I still haven't checked Big Tree House yet! But I surely will! Yay to another cafe in the north west! More please and please everyone in the neighbourhood, do support the local cafes!

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  11. Thanks for the recommendation Mel! I popped into the cafe for coffee and cake. So yum! Will definitely return for the breakfast/lunch menu! Have you been to Element 6 in West Ryde? That's another quaint cafe in the area. :)

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  12. Man, be-still my beating heart, because that is one GOOD-LOOKING sandwich!

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  13. Helen (grabyourfork)July 3, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    The Rachel looks tasty. Um, you know what I mean. lol

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  14. that big breakfast is huge!

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  15. It was so tasty; and it just smelt SO good!

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  16. I'm glad you've paid them a visit...great local cafe. I have been to Element 6 - I really like, but I guess it's not "that" close to where I live so I tend to hanker for something closer to home.

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  17. It's a GREAT little cafe....and easy peasy parking which I love.

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  18. What can I say...it's my mad photography skills. LOL.

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  19. It was a good sandwich. The whole menu looks great to be honest.

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  20. It's cute & hip in the most unlikely spot! Very happy to have found this place.

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