## Greenshades Café Conveniently situated at the roundabout of Galston, Belbowrie and Arcadia Roads, Galston, Greenshades Café sits nestled under the shade of massive camphor laurels. Occupying a turn of the century farmhouse, the café boasts indoor seating with log fires or outdoor seating on the verandah or under the arbor shaded courtyard.

Hosts Vince and Juliet offer an Italian inspired menu that is generous in size and beautifully presented — but pricey. We were seated quickly and drinks were quick to arrive; however, our meals took longer to follow.

The grilled barramundi with avocado, lemon butter served on bok choy and sautéed mushrooms, and chicken breast with garlic, pancetta, parsley and fettas and red wine cherry jus, were both well prepared. The red wine jus was superb.

The café offers a large selection of cakes to enjoy with your afternoon coffee.

The café’s menu and its presentation were excellent.
A suggestion though — chilled table water.

Greenshades Café is fully licensed and is open for breakfast and lunch seven days per week, as well as morning and afternoon tea. Bookings are recommended.

Greenshades Café
353 Galston Rd, Galston
Ph: 9653 1500

## The Local Trade Parents — are you in desperate need of a coffee after grocery shopping with the kids? Then this little gem of a café is worth considering. Located adjacent to an enclosed playground in the newly expanded Kellyville Shopping Village, The Local Trade offers a slice of sanity for frazzled parents.

The café takes full advantage of quality produce in a healthy menu including all day breakfasts of favourites such as eggs benedict, and lunches offering staples such as burgers and fries, pulled pork rolls with harissa coleslaw and mouth watering blackboard specials.

The café takes full advantage of the child friendly position, and your little ones are well catered for with their own menu including bacon and egg sliders, milkshakes, burgers, fries and babyccinos.

Hosts Derin and Estelle Unutmaz serve Toby’s Estate coffee in signature cups with petite sized pastries, beautifully presented. Their milkshakes are decadent and will have you coming back for more. Specials change weekly.

Open from breakfast until 5pm, the café plans to introduce a dinner menu soon.

The Local Trade
Shop 34, Kellyville Shopping Village
90 Wrights Rd, Kellyville
Ph: 4580 9528

## Paradise Café In Lower Portland, on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, sits a café that is a favourite pit stop after having fun on the river or taking a scenic drive.

Laughter and smells of garlic prawns cooking on the outside hotplate led the way from the carpark. The relaxed setting was enhanced by the expanse of lawn sloping down to the river where watercraft were tied to the café’s moorings.

The substantial menu was clearly designed with families in mind. From a wide range of pizzas to salads and desserts, meal sizes are generous and easily able to fill hungry kids.

The rack of pork ribs and sizzling prawns top the list of favourites and it’s easy to see why. Twice cooked pork ribs, glazed with a rice sauce and falling off the bone, and king prawns marinated in a garlic sauce with onions, served sizzling on a platter. Yum!

At present, the café looks a bit dated, but plans to expand the restaurant have been approved. This expansion will include additional indoor seating with log fires for year-round dining.

With full wheelchair accessibility and friendly staff, it’s a popular spot though, so bookings are recommended.

Paradise Cafe
766 River Rd, Lower Portland
Ph: 4575 4060