Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sol.Cafe, Baulkam Hills

I cannot begin to tell you the number of times I've driven through Baulkham Hills (Baulkham where? Check your google maps people) wishing there was a cafe here for me to while away the weekend brunch hours.  With ample parking at nearby Stocklands Mall and a few good op shops ripe for the trawling a decent cafe is all that this Hills District suburbs is in need of. And finally my prayers have been answered with the opening of Sol.Cafe.



Sol.Cafe is run by husband and wife team, Soliel and Pavel whose diverse ethnic backgrounds make a welcome appearance on the menu. Soliel is from a Lebanese family and her husband Pavel hails from South America. The cafe is light and airy with a decent size courtyard for the littlies to run around in - and they are definitely kid friendly here, even having a dedicated kiddies menu that looks pretty damn fine!


I'm meeting fellow yokel VegeTARAian for a relaxed Sunday brunch and we immediately feel welcome by the bubbly Soliel.  Tara has visited the cafe once before and she's treated like a regular already.  The brunch menu looks wonderful - I immediately earmark about six things I want to try right off the bat.


I'm feeling a little under this weekend so Sol suggests I try a Sol Rise Juice ($8.00 large) - a zesty blend of fresh orange, ginger and mint. Whilst it doesn't cure my cold it does make me feel vaguely human for the rest of the morning. Ginger is amazing stuff. I wonder how hard it is to grow?


Despite the many temptations on the menu I'm swayed by the Middle Eastern Bruscetta ($13.00). Locally made Shepherd's Bakehouse artisan sourdough is schmeared generously with Sol's mum's homemade zaataar.  A tumble of fresh mint, tomatoes, baby spinach, onion and olives makes this a flavoursome, wholesome and delicious breakfast that I would happily order again.


Tara orders the Sweet Corn Fritters ($17.00) that come with spinach, semi-dried tomatoes and a balsamic reduction. The staff are more than happy to swap out the requisite side of bacon for a good serve of mushrooms.


We probably didn't need to order a side of fries ($8.00) liberally tossed with rosemary, salt and chilli but they sounded too good to resist...and they were. We demolished every last one of these crispy, yet fluffy chips.


We also probably didn't need to order dessert - but a little something sweet never goes astray with a good coffee ($3.50) at the end of a lazy brunch. Tara choose a chocolate ganache tart made in house by the resident chef and I was tempted by the petite date roll made by Sol's mum. I really need to get friendly with Sol's mum as I think she is quite the cook!


Sol.Cafe is a great addition to the area - the staff are friendly, the menu is really varied and interesting and best of all they are open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch.

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25 comments:

  1. I love the look of this cafe! So good that they cater to vegos and sweets addicts!

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    1. They were really accommodating which I think is a great way to be.

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  2. the sweet corn fritters look amazing!

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  3. So good, and so veg friendly! So happy to have a decent new local

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    1. I need to go back. I think The Boy would like the scramby eggs.

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  4. It's so exciting to have sol cafe in our Baulko - and how lovely are the owners!

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    1. Thank you for giving me the heads up on this...I never would've known about them otherwise.

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  5. Hehe I think you guys would be fun to dine out with because I always order things that I probably don't need to like fries and dessert! :P

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  6. looks tempting for this weekend....

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    1. I thought the mention of an op shop or two might reel you in.

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  7. Admittedly I did have to Google Baulkam Hills to see where it is. Waaaay too far from Erskineville! Nice little cafe, though.

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    1. I knew there'd be at least one person hitting up google maps!

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  8. Loving that bruscetta, it looks absolutely loaded with goodness :)

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    1. It was so tasty Jane...zataar is the BEST (goes well with sourdough and olive oil actually)

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  9. :) i tried the avo on toast too, great. and a friend of ours said his eggs were poached to perfection.

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    1. It's such a great addition to the 'hood. Cannot wait to go back.

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  10. What are you talking about, it's never unnecessary to order dessert! The dishes look stunning though too bad I live nowhere near the Baulko area :( Perhaps when I'm around next time I shall pay this little cafe a visit!

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    1. Well, a moment on lips -- forever on the hips and all that!

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  11. Ooh this place looks great - and all day breakfast woohoo! Need to give it a try soon :)

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  12. My parents have tried growing ginger before, and despite getting gorgeous and abundant flowers, there wasn't much below. Think the climate just doesn't suit it down this way :(

    Frankly whenever there's rosemary on the chips, I think it's absolutely necessary to order them. ;)

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  13. omg i am sold by that mean serving of toppings on that bruscetta!!! get that in ma belly!

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  14. Say what.. There's a good cafe in Baulko?

    Adding to my list of Westie cafes to visit! There really isn't enough out this way. Thanks!

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