WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
· Lamb, olive, zucchini and native mint burger with greens, cucumber, gruyere cheese, and tomato relish served with hand-cut oven baked wedges ($22.90)
· Kangaroo Shepherd’s Pie served with salad greens and beetroot and orange relish ($16.90)
· Bushman’s Vegetable Hot Pot served with house-baked bread and lemon myrtle yoghurt ($17.90) *vegetarian
· Lentil, vegetable, wild rice salad tossed through pepperberry dressing and finished with fetta ($16.90) *gluten-free
The menu is a bit different from your usual café menu as it is influenced by native ingredients. We both decided to have something from the ‘Specials’ board. I opted for the ‘Beef and Vegie Pie with native thyme, salad greens, and aubergine and chilli pickle ($15.90)’. For all the Mary Berry fans reading this, you will be happy to know that there were no soggy bottoms in sight... A nicely baked crust! The filling contained chunks of beef which were very tender and was complemented by the hot aubergine pickle. The yummy side salad of greens, cabbage, heirloom tomatoes, grated carrot glistened with a fabulous dressing.
My dining companion chose the ‘Mushroom, warrigal greens and fetta quiche served with peach and ginger chutney ($14.90)’. This also was accompanied by the same side salad but the tart could have benefited from some more flavour.
I usually order the ‘Bush Billy blended tea with eucalyptus leaves ($4.20)’ when I dine here. I love the unique flavour of this loose-leaf tea but I would prefer a bigger teapot!
The Paperbark Café is part of the Kuranga Native Nursery so you can have a stroll around the nursery after your lunch. They also have an amazing gift shop! The café has plenty of seating both indoors and outside and the table service was great.
Address: 118 York Road, Mount Evelyn, VIC
Phone: 03 9760 8100
Mon – Sun: 8.30am – 4.30pm