It’s Springtime! And although the weather lately hasn’t always been reflective of that, we have had a few beautiful sunny days in Sydney that remind us to pack away the heaters and big heavy coats and trade them in for air conditioners and pretty summer dresses.
On one of these days Sir D and I decided to go to Freshwater beach to check out Pilu Kiosk, a little cafe offshoot of the restaurant Pilu at Freshwater that serves panini, coffee and pastries.
It seemed like every man, woman and dog had ventured out today to enjoy the weather so when we entered the kiosk all the seats were taken! We headed over to the counter to place our orders while keeping our eyes peeled for anyone leaving.
What I was really here for was the suckling pig panini and I was so sad to see that in the space in the glass cabinet where the suckling pig panini should have been there were none! While I was lamenting my loss and trying to decide what to order instead, someone came out from the restaurant kitchen to bring out freshly prepared panini – yay! And just after we placed our order we managed to grab a table as well, so everything worked out well.
The panini (which is served on Sonoma bread) arrives lightly toasted and cut in half – perfect for sharing. The suckling pig panini had chunks of suckling pig, little batons of apple, celery, rocket and mustard mayonnaise. I was disappointed that there was no crackling in this, after all what do you eat suckling pig for if not for the crackling?
Although this is a much more pedestrian choice, I have to admit that I enjoyed the chicken and avocado panini more than the suckling pig.
This panini was very fresh, with pieces of chicken, avocado, mayonnaise and rocket. It had a nice lemon flavour as well (perhaps from the lemon juice to prevent the avocado from browning) but it gave a nice zing to the sandwich and was perfect on a warm sunny day sitting in front of the beach.
We also got coffees made using Single Origin coffee beans and for once they’re the perfect temperature and I don’t burn my tongue on it. I got a mocha which had a nice bittersweet flavour from the chocolate and the chocolate flakes on the top were a nice touch as well.
I couldn’t leave without getting something sweet so we got a Nutella pastry which came in the shape of a seashell with a dusting of icing sugar, and was warmed up for us.
Once I bit into the buttery pastry filled with the Nutella I instantly wished I bought two and didn’t have to share! I savoured every bit of my half, and it was nice to see that they didn’t skimp on the Nutella either since there was a nice thick layer of Nutella inside.
With views of the beach and a nice casual atmosphere, Pilu kiosk is a great place for a lazy weekend breakfast or lunch. It gets a little windy sometimes because it’s so close to the beach but they kindly provide some blankets to combat the breeze. And since Freshwater is one of my favourite beaches in Sydney, I’ll definitely be returning in summer for some more nutella pastries!
On the beach
Freshwater NSW 2096
Ph: +61 2 9938 3331
Open daily, 7am-3pm