The Coonanbarra Cafe

Good service and a great burger

Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga

The Coonanbarra Café is well known in Wahroonga, sitting in a lovely old building designed in 1894 by Sir John Sulman on the lower edge of Wahroonga Park.

It has been a haunt of locals for decades because of its strong, good quality coffee and location right opposite a wonderful children’s play park.

Now, let’s hit the big issue upfront; I had heard grumblings that the service had really gone off in the last few months. I did not find any issue. Service was friendly and prompt both times that I have visited in the last seven days.

Beef Burger at the Coonanbarra CafeThis year, the Coonanbarra Café has new management, new energy and a new menu. This is a good spot for a meal. The coffee is as good as ever; Belaroma, strong and round. Well-made and very enjoyable.

While I drank my coffee, I perused the menu; the southern fried chicken burger looks good with fennel infused spice, cabbage slaw and peri peri mayonnaise. If I were after a more substantial meal, I might have selected the roasted duck risotto, the six hour braised lamb, or the house made gnocchi. However, the waitress recommended the beef burger which comes with lettuce, tomato relish, cheese and American mayo.

The burger arrived quickly and was presented on a board with really, really good chips. The burger was a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth; coming stacked-high with salad, a pineapple ring and topped with burger rings! This is the sort of meal that makes me happy just looking at it, particularly on a sunny Friday afternoon, sitting outdoors.

The meat was light in texture, well cooked and the combination of cheese, mayo, onions and pineapple worked well and the tomato relish really brought the whole combination together.

Meal prices range from $15 to over $25, with their burgers around $18 – $19. That’s quite steep for a burger, but you get a lot of meal for your money and it is beautifully prepared and presented.

There are good vegetarian and gluten free options, if you are so inclined. The grilled zucchini and goat cheese salad looked particularly interesting.

The Coonanbarra Café is fully licensed with a good drinks list and also allows BYO with a small corkage charge.

The Coonanbarra Café
64 Coonanbarra Road

Tel: 9489 0980



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