Location: Shop 391 (Level 3), 1 Anderson Street Westfield, Chatswood NSW
Monday – Sunday (8am-4pm)
Open late Thursdays (8am-9pm)
A very suitably-named botanic oasis inside Westfield that definitely lives up to the hype. Filled with flowers and an assortment of plants suspended in terracotta pots, it feels like you’re having one of those much-needed moments with nature… Only you’re sitting under a glasshouse of a busy shopping centre.
Cold Drip Filtered Coffee $7
The coffee had strong flavours and delicate, sweet undertones. Really nicely presented on a silver tray with a touch of flora.
Chai Latte $4
This is exactly how I like my chai lattes; creamy with hints of sweetness and peppered with cinnamon on top.
Ocean Trout Bagel $21
If Spring were translated into a dish, I’m guessing it would probably look like this. It’s pretty, refreshing and filling all at the same time. There was the crunch from the croquette and toasted bagel, sweetness from the apple and beetroot, gooeyness from the poached egg and the smoky flavour from the house cured ocean trout. I loved this dish and would definitely recommend it.
Aussie Beef Burger with Fries and Bacon $21
The burger was great with a juicy patty and generous fillings of pineapple, beetroot and caramelised onion. The fries, however, tasted like dry cardboard after some time… The lady next to us had left a whole plate of fries unfinished and I get why because they really don’t taste good when they’ve been sitting for even 10min. So eat them quick! And I’d probably ask for sauce too.
Lychee and Mint Shake $7.5
Great distinct flavours in a gorgeous shade of pale green. Very satisfying lychee taste which wasn’t too overpoweringly sweet; just very icy! I constantly got brain freezes and became a shivering mess so I’d only recommend this when you feel hot and in dire need to cool down.
Coffee lovers will enjoy this. Once again, a very strong, bitter black coffee with an extremely smooth texture.
This space is like every girl’s guilty pleasure. I didn’t want to leave. There were so many pretty corners and you really feel like you’ve walked into a refreshing oasis. Only thing is, I felt a bit pressured to eat somewhat quickly as you’ll constantly see waitresses’ talking in their earpieces about seatings and ushering people in and out.
Overall though, it’s a beautiful space and a great place for a catch-up. However, keep in mind that this is a really popular cafe so you might need to wait before being seated. If you’d like to get in quickly, definitely go on a weekday and stay clear of the weekends where you could wait for about 40min. Nonetheless, I would definitely come back to try more of their menu. It’s designed by the people that brought you the Grounds of Alexandria so trust me in saying that it’s a visual paradise.
Recommended: Chai latte, Ocean Trout Bagel