Renowned Sydney Head Chef brings delicious gourmet food to western suburbia

Big Tree House Cafe ExteriorResidents of the Dundas and Rydalmere region now have their very own gourmet cafe with quality coffee and five star meals. A rare find in this area, the previously known Echoes Cafe has been taken over by new owners and renamed Big Tree House Gourmet Cafe – inspired by the large tree located out in the back courtyard.

Opening in April 2014, this newly renovated establishment is nestled quietly in a leafy suburban street close to Dundas Primary School and Dundas Railyway station, with easy access from the main arterials of Kissing Point Road and Victoria Road.
The unmistakable teal blue exterior makes it easy to find, and this cosy spot accommodates a good number of customers along the street front under cafe umbrellas, out the back under the big tree, or inside in the cute and comfortable brand new fit out.

Light wooden tables are matched with dark wooden chairs, while the light coloured walls are home to a hand painted mural of a European village. The sweet touches of water jugs filled with fresh flowers and country design give an overall French provincial atmosphere that is very relaxing.

Light wooden tables are matched with dark wooden chairs, while the light coloured walls are home to a hand painted mural of a European village


The Campos coffee is brewed perfectly, making this a great new ‘local’ for residents on their way to work or parents dropping off kids at school. And for something very different, each table is topped with a jar of organic panela sugar, giving a more rustic sweetness when added to your beverage of choice. Cool drinks are well catered for including smoothies made with organic fruit, yoghurt and honey, and served in an old fashioned milk bottle. They also have house-made special non-alcoholic cocktails including a Virgin Grape Mojito and Rockmelon and Ginger Spritzer.

Breakfast is served all day and includes a variety of breads and bakery items, eggs with bacon, chorizo, smoked salmon, asparagus and sauté mushrooms, corn fritters, ricotta pancakes and savoury crepes.

B L A T of bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato house-made aioli buttery toasted Turkish breadThe ‘Goats on Toast’ caught my eye as something different. Warm French goats cheese spread on sourdough, sprinkled with organic nuts and seeds and topped off with a drizzle of honey. A great combination of sweet and sour with a substantial crunch element. The perfect blend of creamy smooth sour cheese with sweet honey and varied textures of the nuts, seeds and bread is like having a combined breakfast of muesli and toast!

The B L A T of bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato was enhanced by the house-made aioli all layered in between two generous slices of buttery toasted Turkish bread. The aioli was the perfect addition
to this traditional favourite that can be easily enjoyed for breakfast or lunch.

Lunch is served from 11:30am and includes cafe staples of soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers, all with that added ‘extra’.

The Salt & Pepper Calamari Salad with beetroot, avocado and parmesan cheese, rocket and balsamic dressing is a great choice for those looking for a light lunch. Pleasantly unbattered, the calamari is grilled but still manages to capture that great salt and pepper flavour. The salad of rocket and parmesan is brilliantly topped with house-made balsamic dressing and the beetroot wedges add a nice unique touch to this flavoursome dish.

Salt & Pepper Calamari Salad with beetroot, avocado and parmesan cheese, rocket and balsamic dressin
Burger lovers will be more than satisfied with the Big Tree Beef Burger. With beetroot, bacon, pineapple, tomato, onion, lettuce, cheese, aioli, on a seeded brioche bun with chips on the side, this burger is completely stacked with everything that makes a burger great.

This rare find of delicious gourmet food in western suburbia is the result of owners Justin and Julia Park seeking a better work / life balance. An acclaimed chef, Justin was previously Head Chef with Peter Doyle at the Quay for the last 7 years, and also worked at Doyles at Watson’s Bay for a number of years prior. With two young boys attending the local Dundas Public School, his long hours and travel time meant that Justin didn’t get to see much of his family. Wife Julia encouraged him to take on this new venture and while starting up their own business has been hard work and the hours are still long, Justin no longer has the long commute and gets time to see the boys at work also throughout the day. Julia enjoys helping out too, and has had a big influence on the design side of the business.

Big Tree House Cafe Courtyard TreeJustin’s experience and high standards mean you only get the very best organic free range produce along with Brasserie Bread, T2 and Campos Coffee. It also means that they’ve had to completely renovate and extend the kitchen to accommodate the kind of meals he aims to provide.

The front of house staff are all locals and provide great attention to detail along with friendly service, and while currently only open for breakfast and lunch, Big Tree House Gourmet Cafe is available for special evening functions on request.

With dreams to open a franchise of cafes down the track, Justin has certainly set a high standard for the area that already has locals talking favourably and coming back for more.

Big Tree House Gourmet Cafe
88 Calder Road
P: 8626 9007
Open: 8am to 4pm every day except Tuesdays