The Mill Cafe Bowral is a large warehouse whose bohemian style interior wouldn’t be out of place along a street in Sydney suburbs like Surry Hills, Darlinghurst or Newtown. It’s eclectic display of murals, local artwork and exposed brick decor would bring out the hipster in just about anyone. And, for a cafe this size, it was almost full when we visited on a regular Tuesday lunchtime in winter.
The Mill Cafe is attached to an appealing co-working space for design agencies and budding entrepreneurs. The theme continues out the back where every third Friday of the month the Fri-yay event happens. Think craft beer, dumplings, pho, cheese and Russian crepes. Quite a mix! Plus, a gold coin donation on entry goes to local and international charities.
- Distance: 2.5km
- Pie Time: 0:15
The Pie Time special, a beef and ebony porter pie was not available on our visit so we deferred to the Chicken and Mushroom Pie which was the pie of the day. Now, I have a high personal disregard for mushrooms, so I took one for the team in this case because of Pie Time and let’s just say I was not disappointed. And, Erin ordered the fish cakes which were amazing.
- Pies: Chicken & mushroom, served with salad on a parsnip mash; Fish cakes & salad
- Pastry: The pastry broke away effortlessly and was a definite butter based pastry, no vege shortening here folks.
- Filling: Large pieces of chicken surrounded by a creamy gravy made this pie a real hit. There was no overpowering mushroom taste at all. The mash had a nice texture and sharpness to it as well.
- Cost: $18
- Sauce tax: None. Though for this gourmet, dine-in pie. No need for the sauce in this case.