Sydney's west has added another great piece to its café culture repertoire. But this time, it's the City of Penrith that brought its "A" game to Sydney's cafe scene. The Cafe restaurant goes by the name of Henri Marc.
When Chocolatesuze and I planned for an overdue catch up, she suggested we visit Henri Marc in Penrith. It had a contemporary industrial look with touches of vintage fittings. The vibe was very welcoming and the room was filled with soft natural lighting. Soon as I noticed their Spirit espresso machine and that the coffee beans blend were sourced from Reuben Hills, I knew I was in for a caffeine treat.
I had a piccolo latte ($3.50) for my coffee hit. It had a medium body with hints of fruity flavour coming through from the espresso. The steamed milk also had the right temperature.
The salted caramel milkshake ($7) was on the sweet side but it was amazing! It tasted like the salted caramel macaron fillings that I've had from Baroque but in liquid form.
Here are the dishes I had on my first and second visits:
|Braised brisket roll with mustard and pickles $13.50|
They also have Caramel on toast ($4.50) which was mind blowing! We were like "say whaaaaat?" (Even the menu says that) but the thick sourdough toast smothered with a lot of caramel sauce works a treat. The soft middle part with soaked up caramel and crunchy edges was awesome in so many levels.
The duck egg soldiers ($10) had super cute faces! It came with pieces of buttered sourdough toasts and an amazing crisped prosciutto. The prosciutto was that great that we wanted to order more of it.
The sugar-coated doughnuts were only $1! Now that's good value! There were also hints of cinnamon with the sugar coating.
The pork belly , apple and cabbage slaw ($16) was another favourite of mine. The pork was tender, juicy and flavoursome. It was glazed with sauce made from it's own juices. Little effort was used to tear the meat apart.
|Poached egg, chorizo, mushrooms and toast|
Another dish I got to try on the second visit was their poached egg, chorizo, mushrooms, and parmesan with toast ($15). The garlicky chorizo pieces, sautéed mushrooms and parmesan worked well. The poached egg was perfectly cooked, which also had a runny yolk.
From the well made coffee to their amazing dishes and topped with their friendly service. What is their not to love about Henri Marc? In my opinion, they are one of the best in Sydney's west!
2/438 High Street
Penrith NSW 2750
8am to 3pm Monday - Saturday