What’s better than Sunday brunch at a café with a view? Not much in my opinion. Penny Whistlers in coastal Kiama provides great food and a great view out onto Kiama harbour. Not only is the location picturesque and a holiday makers dream, the food is almost too pretty to eat. Settle in with a glass of the house made, hibiscus and rose Egyptian iced tea ($5) while you peruse the menu and make your choice. Here are my suggestions for the best eats at Penny Whistler’s!
I’ve heard good things about the Penny Whistlers Roasted Granola bowl ($15) and I was mesmerised when it came out. The granola is served with coconut yogurt panna cotta and summer fruits tossed in ginger and lime syrup. Being plated with the fresh summer berries and mango, microherbs and a passionfruit half, it was beautiful and looked like summer on a plate. I started with a spoonful of the house toasted, cinnamon coated granola and with a raspberry or two, I thought I was in pure bliss. That was until I got to the coconut yogurt panna cotta, which was even better than the first bite. I love coconut so the flavour from the yogurt and the wobbly texture of the panna cotta made this a very fun, tasty dish to eat. I only wish that there was more of the ginger and lime syrup in the dish, I believe it had soaked in to the bottom layers and I didn’t taste it until the very end. I would have definitely like to enjoy more of it as it was another delicious layer to this dish.
The Bird Bowl ($16) with a side of haloumi ($4.50) is everything you want for a flavoursome, healthy start to the day. With a dukkah coated avocado half, quinoa, beetroot relish, heirloom tomatoes, beans, cucumber and carrot, this veggie based dish is light but also quite filling and nourishing. My favourite aspects were the earthy beetroot relish, crispy kale leaves, pan seared haloumi and green goddess dressing which was a blend of avocado, spinach, parsley and cucumber (with some other ingredients that are kept a kitchen secret). The wakame, though not listed on the menu, was a pleasant surprise and added another dimension to the dish.
For those of you looking for something more substantial to sink your teeth into, the Whistlers Burger ($16.50) served with a side of piping hot shoestrings is the answer to your prayers. Pulled beef brisket which has been braised for 12 hours, is layered with melted cheddar, iceberg lettuce and house preserved pickles all on a brioche bun. There is also a slathering of the Penny Whistler’s special sauce, which like the goddess dressing is also a house secret, so you’ll just have to take my word that it’s good. The sauce is really quite complementary to the smoky, tender brisket and with the crunch of the salad and the little zing of the pickles, you’ll be doing a happy dance in your seat.
Penny Whistlers is also a great place for a spot of afternoon tea. With a selection of cakes and pastries to be enjoyed with a cup of Campos coffee and some good friends. I opted for the Choc Caramel Tart ($5) which was rich, with a firm pastry casing and a soft, gooey filling. I couldn’t fathom having my tart without a vanilla malt milkshake ($5.50) using the irresistible “The Pines” milk, a dairy local to the Kiama area. House made syrups mixed with this non-homogenised milk are exactly the way milkshakes are supposed to taste. Fresh, creamy and delicious.
Penny Whistlers is a wonderful place to stop in at during a day trip to lovely, sunny Kiama. Whether you’re after a hearty breakfast, scrumptious lunch or a place to meet friends for some coffee and cake, Penny Whistlers has you covered and will happily treat you to service with a smile.
Phone: (02) 4233 2770
Address: 5/31 Shoalhaven St, Kiama, NSW