This is a happy place for me. Books, an open fire and great food. A small group of us stopped in for a late lunch and managed to snag a table near the fire in the cellar door section. I ordered the kingfish ceviche ($18) and we got a flatbread ($8) to share. The ceviche was beautifully presented, with piped avocado, purple potato crisps and finger lime berries dotted across the plate. The kingfish was well-cured and, combined with the fresh, zesty lime and the just-enough chilli heat, was the perfect light, refreshing lunch I was craving. I loved that I could still taste the kingfish flavour underneath all of the dressings, and the various textures, colours and flavours on the plate made each mouthful a delight. Whilst it’s billed as a starter, the portion is actually quite large, although not as large as the flatbread, which turned out to be pizza-sized! It was well-seasoned and the drizzle of lemon added a lot. The base was thin and crisp and light. The staff went to great lengths to fix a wobbly table and give us extra space once the table next to us had left. We all left with full tummies and smiling faces.
Bendooley Estate, 3020 Old Hume Highway, Berrima NSW, http://www.bendooleyestate.com.au/cafe-berrima