“I resigned today!” I knew that text message would pique my friend Sarojini’s interest. I’d been telling her for a while about K and I’s grand plans for travelling Europe for seven months, so she knew that a resignation was on the cards but it still came as a surprise. A brunch catchup was much needed, and this time we decided to stay local and just drove ten minutes up the road to a little cafe/restaurant that I’d heard a lot about – The Cooks Garden in Turramurra.
We started off with a drink each while we perused the menu and I filled Sarojini in on my resignation. (For the record, my resignation was very civil as my manager had known for a long time that I was planning to go to Europe for a lengthy trip!) My pineapple and orange mixed juice was clearly freshly squeezed that morning, and very enjoyable and sweet. Sarojini’s Earl Grey tea came in a gorgeous little red teapot which made a real statement against the crisp white linen tablecloth.
Sarojini ordered the mashed avocado on toast, which came with delicious crumbly feta. The great thing about this dish is that you can choose what toast you want your avocado on, ranging from the sourdough fruit and nut chosen by Sarojini to the traditional sourdough, soy and linseed, Polish rye and banana bread. It’s worth trying a more unusual option – we didn’t think the savoury avocado and feta would work on the sweet fruity sourdough, but it certainly did!
I opted for something a little more filling and unusual – a “kedgeree”. I’d never heard of it before, but it was essentially a Indian-style rice spiced with lots of cumin and paprika, and topped with some lightly sauteed tomato and a soft poached egg with a gooey yolk. It was quite a visually spectacular dish, with the stark white of the poached egg really standing out against the vibrant greens, reds and yellows of the dish. The flavours matched up to the visuals as well, with the ooze of the egg yolk really lifting the flavours and textures of the spiced rice.
All in all, The Cooks Garden is a great place to stop in for a simple, reasonably priced brunch. It’s a little harder to get to, but it’s certainly popular with the locals who simply walk up to the Bobbin Head Road shops with their dogs on a leash and take over all the outdoor seating. I’d certainly be interested in returning to the Cooks Garden for a lunch or dinner instead, to try a slightly more elaborate dish.