I’ve tasted some excellent mushroom dishes recently – like this mushroom ragout and this mixed mushroom pappardelle – so it comes as no surprise that mushrooms are slowly featuring more often on Sydney menus. Hip-hip-hooray!
I popped down to a waterfront cafe for a dose of vitamin D with a mushroomy all day breakfast. The Armory Wharf Cafe, in Blaxland Riverside Park, overlooks Parramatta River and is next to a huge all ages playground. The park also has walking / bike trails so it gets quite busy on weekends and school holidays. I prefer to visit through the week when there’s a bit of sunshine and I’m in need of a little ‘time out’ from the office (although I am tempted by the variety of sweets on the dinner menu!)
There’s something calming about spending time by the water – it makes me really miss living near the beach. At Armory I find it quite relaxing to sit outside, under the camouflage netting, even on a cool winter day. I order the confit field mushrooms with garlic and balsamic glaze on sourdough toast with sautéed spinach and creme fraiche. Sounds like a mouthful, right? Well it is, in more ways than one.
Breakfast for lunch always makes me happy. This generous serve of flavoursome and juicy mushrooms is a great source of essential vitamins and minerals. The last time I had this dish the creme fraiche was already on top of the mushrooms so I was pleasantly surprised to see that they now serve the creme fraiche on the side so you can add it to your liking.
Armory is a lovely spot, no noisy traffic whizzing by, just the gentle hum of an occasional rivercat. One of the things I love about this place is the number of veg dishes on the menu. It’s always such a relief to have a lot of dishes to choose from.
Tick tock, tick tock – have you entered the Mushroom Mania comp?
Share your happy snaps of delicious mushroom dishes during July and you could win a $100 restaurant voucher – there are 40 up for grabs! So get snapping folks. Find out more here.