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I absolutely love sitting outdoors while dining, and often the summer weather in Sydney is too beautiful not to. One of the best patios I’ve found in Chatswood is at Lid & Jar, a coffeehouse and restaurant serving delicious offerings for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The first time I went, breakfast serving was barely over — it ends at noon. If you love breakfast, though, you’re in luck, since several breakfast items also appear on the lunch menu, including the wonderful Crispy French Toast ($18 AUD), with natural Greek yoghurt, fresh strawberries and dried fruit compote sprinkled with candied nuts.
The abundance of berries makes for an amazing flavor combination, while the toasted oats on top give some crunchy textural variety. The cream that accompanies the bread is a perfect complement, and while I didn’t order this, I happily stole multiple bites.
I opted for the Fresh Corn Fritters (also $18), something unlike anything I’d ever had before.
I adored the plentiful arugula, avocado and tomato topping that was like a mini-salad, and the fritters were fried to perfection and packed full of corn. I left off the bacon, and it was an ideal lunch portion, leaving me full and happy.
I had to head back for brunch. The patio is so peaceful because it overlooks a grassy area near The Concourse theater.
It’s also dog-friendly, and seeing cute pooches makes any meal better.
I had a fresh cold-pressed green detox juice ($9.30), made with apple, pear, spinach and coconut water. I instantly felt the healthy nutrients perking me up, and it had the perfect amount of sweetness. The fresh cold-pressed orange juice ($9.30) was also spectacular, and both were great choices if you love fresh juice.
I wanted a veggie benedict with no meat or eggs. My server suggested avocado toast with sides of roasted tomatoes and hollandaise sauce, which was a fantastic suggestion and shaved a few bucks off the regular benedict price of $17-$18. The hollandaise sauce was thick and creamy, just like I like it, and the tomatoes were juicy and perfectly cooked.
Here’s the Smoked Salmon Benedict ($18):
and a second lower-level coffeehouse on the bottom, where you can order and take away from the sidewalk.
Like many Sydney restaurants I’ve encountered, here a server takes your order, but you’ll pay at the counter. Everyone at Lid & Jar was extremely friendly, and the restaurant makes you feel instantly welcome. While I am striving to try new restaurants as often as possible, Lid & Jar is a place I can’t wait to return to for some dinner eats. Learn more about the Chatswood restaurant and coffeehouse here.