Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life

Set in the rural backdrop of Dural, Wild Pear Cafe is a delicious escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of city life.

Located amongst nurseries and pots stores, the cafe blends so naturally with the surroundings that you don’t realise they are different businesses.

Enjoy a coffee on the deckThe cafe is very popular amongst locals and you may sometimes struggle to find a parking space on the large property – even on a weekday.

Walking inside you feel more like you’re being welcomed into someone’s modern home, and are immediately drawn to the outside wrap-around deck.  With wooden flooring and a tin roof, the deck takes advantage of the valley views and cool breeze.

The adjustable fold-out awnings help block out the heat of summer, and hideaway to take advantage of the northern sun
during winter.

The homely atmosphere is enhanced by the sounds and smells coming from the adjoining kitchen window.

Somehow the mismatched tables and chairs with country cushions look perfect in this setting, and rumour has it that the comfortable corner outdoor bench has been used to accommodate many afternoon post-lunch naps!

Serving breakfast and lunch every day, you will be hard pressed to find anything on the menu that doesn’t look and taste amazing.

This family run business is owned by brother and sister – Sid and Jeanette, who says her food philosophy is simple, “I wouldn’t serve something I wouldn’t eat”.

Being located in one of Sydney’s prime produce regions, the cafe is fortunate to have easy access to fresh seasonal produce all year around.

While half of the breakfast menu is made up of dishes using local free range eggs, I couldn’t go past the wide range of ingredients found in the Bacon and Avocado Stack.

Bacon and Avocado Stack
Offering grilled bacon, an avocado wedge, shaved parmesan, baby spinach, roast cherry tomatoes and ricotta all stacked on toasted wood fired Italian bread, the stand out item is the house made chilli jam.

There’s quite a ‘kick’ of chilli in there, but it’s equally matched with lip-smacking sweetness and easily cooled off when paired with the ricotta. Generous lashings of everything mean you don’t miss the eggs at all, but you can order them on the side if preferred.

The high quality bacon is cooked perfectly, while my side order of hash brown, cooked in traditional home style and seasoned with chives and parsley, is the kind of stuff potato-lovers dream of! As I savoured every mouthful of this dish I found myself thinking I could easily enjoy this for either breakfast or lunch, and what do you know – it’s on the lunch menu as well!

Lunch is another sensory delight. After agonising over the wide range of meals on offer, and watching the gorgeously presented food parade out from the kitchen to diners around me, I finally decided on the Lamb Salad.

Layered on a bed of baby leaves with pumpkin, tapenade, beets and feta, topped with kumara chips and dressed with pomegranate vinaigrette, the lamb was perfectly cooked, juicy and tender.

It’s also worth noting that Wild Pear is licensed, with a great range of beers, ciders, along with white, red and sparkling wines to accompany your meal.

Starters are minimal on the menu, mainly consisting of house made breads and dips, but this might be to allow room for the amazingly tempting desserts.  These change regularly with seasonal offerings, however the Wild Pear Affogatto is a permanent fixture and must try.

Affogato with candied hazelnuts, maple syrup and biscottiThe ice cream is served beautifully in a modern Brandy glass with candied hazelnuts, maple syrup and biscotti – ready for you to pour over the shot of coffee supplied on the side.

The maple syrup acts as a perfect sweetener, while the crunch of hazelnuts and biscotti makes this a substantial meal in its own right.

It’s worthwhile just stopping in for coffee and dessert or afternoon tea.  The homemade scones come fresh out of the oven and smell like they should be cooling on a windowsill.

Served on a rustic plate with hand whipped double cream and two shot glasses filled with house made jam and accompanied by a pot of tea, enjoying these feels like a warm hug from a kindly grandmother.

The regular menus are always bolstered by seasonal specials, and with all items on the menu made onsite from fresh local ingredients, everything you taste at Wild Pear matches the atmosphere – rural, real and natural.

WILD PEAR CAFE
658 Old Northern Road
Dural NSW 2158
P: 9651 6600
Open: Everyday 8am to 4pm
Available for evening functions