My family endeavours to have a meal together every 1-2 weeks.  Normally it’s dinner during the week, but given some recent busy times & clashing events, we were only able to book in to have Sunday lunch yesterday.  My sister got a recommendation for Wildpear Café at 658 Old Northern Road, Dural from a friend at church, and so we thought we’d check it out.

Upon arrival, there was little parking to be found in the front car-park, so we ventured to the rear car-park and eventually found a spot.  We wandered up a beaten path to the building which was teeming with patrons. (My brother-in-law, Arthur, held the door for a good couple of minutes to let some folks leave before we even got inside.)  Upon entry, we were told that there’d be a 10 minute wait before our party of 5 was able to be accommodated.  The café is co-located with a nursery, so my parents went out to wander whilst we waited.  There were a number of smaller groups (couples & trios) that managed to be seated quickly.

When our table was finally ready, we were led out onto the back verandah, through a tight corridor of tables, seats & people.  It was a little brisk out there, but luckily we were seated next to a very effective café style gas heater.

The Hills Cider Company Pear Cider
First up on my menu was The Hills Cider Company Pear Cider, a nice clean & crisp cider, almost no alcoholic taste, but also a tad light on the pear flavour.
For mains I chose the Pan Fried GnocchiChorizo, King Prawns, Parmesan, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil & Tomato Sugo. This dish was a nice warming meal, and very filling.  The gnocchi were nicely fluffy, prawns crisp & juicy, and the tomatoes fresh.  I would have liked a little something in the dish to cut through and balance out the chorizo, but apart from that, it was a nice and tasty dish.
Pan Fried Gnocchi, Chorizo, King Prawns, Parmesan, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil & Tomato Sugo

My family enjoyed their meals as well, though they struggled through the generous portions.  Mum had King Australian Garlic Prawns in tomato with crusty garlic bread, Dad had Wild Barramundi Beer Battered, steak-house chips, tatare & garden salad, Anna had Lamb Cutlets, pan fried gnocchi, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin, pomegranate dressing & parmesan, and Arthur had Middle Eastern Grill-chicken, lamb, chorizo & prawn skewers, hummos, tzatziki, flat bread with Cucumber, radish salad with black quinoa dressing.

After mains, we were greeted by the scrumptious looking dessert menu. There were many that caught my eye, like the warm pear tart, the affogatto and the brownie, but in the end I went with the Lemon Curd Tart, blueberry coulis & double cream to cut through some of that lingering chorizo.  It certainly hit the spot!!  The double cream and blueberry coulis matched the sourness of the lemon well.  The pastry was a little tough to get through; if it were brought up in temperature, or had a fork to accompany the solitary spoon, then the eating experience may have been a little easier and more pleasant.  My dessert was accompanied by a strong latté, which was nicely warm, but a tad on the bitter side.

Lemon Curd Tart with Blueberry Coulis & Double Cream
I’d recommend Wildpear Café to anyone looking for a generous, tasty meal, accompanied by a pleasant, cosy & rustic environment, and potential for nice views.  Mains sit between $20 & $30, desserts are a bargain $12, and are freshly made there.  The staff are friendly and professional.

I’m keen for another visit in the near future to try out some of their yummy looking breakfast, with a boozy breakfast cocktail.