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HOT: Kenchington Patisserie & Fine Tea, 12 Park Rd, Milton

I would normally boast to know Park Rd like the back of my hand, adiposity after working in very close proximity for the last decade and lunching up there at least once a week.  I’m ashamed to admit however that I’ve fallen into a habit of frequenting the same old haunts for too long, cheap and have overlooked this little gem of a lunch spot, hidden amongst the big cafes and restaurants that Park Rd is so well known for.

Kenchington Patisserie brings a bit of twee to Park Rd and so impressed was I by their small store with a big heart that I just had to return a couple of times before feeling like I was well equipped to post a review and do it justice.

At first glance it presents as your standard patisserie – a window jam packed with petit fours, macaroons, caramel tarts, mini meringues and other items that would send cake lovers into a frenzy.  For me however (who is not so excited by cakes) it was the blackboard on the side walk flogging a lunch-time special of home made gourmet pie and chips or salad (and a drink!) for 10 bucks that caught my eye, so I wandered over and joined the queue.

A closer look revealed another window packed with goodies that would send the savory lovers (yes, Me!) crazy – a variety of gourmet home made sausage rolls and pies, quiches fresh out of the oven, lasagnes (for vegetarians and carnivores), frittatas and more.  Does it get any better than this?!

I ordered my lunch time special to go and took some time to glance around the shop.  I also had a quick chat to the owner Sue Kenchington as she gave me the nod to take some pics – she even lined up one of the house specialties for me to snap.

One wall of Kenchington Patisserie is lined with loose leaf tea varieties and gorgeous little tea cups, saucers, pots and other accessories.  Although I don’t drink tea, I’m fascinated by everything about it and I wished the store wasn’t so packed so I could have a more relaxed look around.  At this stage, the gentleman taking orders behind the counter was seemingly flustered with his gathering crowd, so I casually turned and headed outside in the hope that I could create some breathing room for everyone.

Back in the office, my home made meat pie was delicious, with big chunks of real meat and tasty gravy, with light and flaky pastry on top.  The accompanying salad was fresh and pretty standard as far as side salads go.

On my second visit in as many days I opted for the vegetable quiche with side salad ($11), made onsite and fresh out of the oven.  The quiche was delicious with a good balance of egg and vegies and surprisingly filling.  Princess and CB had quiches as well, although they opted for the ham and cheese and were equally pleased with their choices.  We enjoyed our meals onsite at the shop front terrace that over-looks the bustling Park Rd precinct.

The menu also offers a range of paninis, rolls, wraps and sandwiches with gourmet fillings, so if you’re looking for a healthier option they’ve got you covered!  If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, they do high tea as well.

I suspect that the target market for Kenchington Patisserie is those with a sweet tooth and great appreciation for boutique tea and tea treats.  I have no doubt the sweet, dainty morsels taste as good as they look and regardless of whether you’re a sweet or savory fan, it’s such a nice surprise when you find hardworking shop owners who strive to bring fresh, home made food to their patrons daily and have great pride in doing so.

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  1. Sorry but although the food is great and they bare a 5 star rating on the window their customer service leaves much to be desired and after being a loyal customer for the past year at least I had the worst experience with one of the owners today that will have me never return again. Balance is needed in a cafe not just good food people!

    Posted by Nadine | April 30, 2012, 10:08 pm

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