Fo0die dined as a guest of Dawson and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Opened since October 2017, we’ve had Dawson on our list to visit after seeing their geometric shaped matcha panna cotta appearing on our Instagram feed. An interesting fact we found out on the day was that the venue was previously a white goods shop called Dawsons. Which is where the current venue name comes from as it was nostalgic for the local community.
While High Street (the street where the venue is located) has 1P on a Sunday, the surrounding streets had either all day parking or 2P on a Sunday.
The venue has outdoor seating at the front of the venue which is under cover.
The entry to the venue is via an automatic sliding door which you kind of zig zag through the enclosed glass area and into the counter. A clever design as this meant the guests sitting towards the front of the cafe are not interrupted by the breeze every time the sliding door opened.
The decor is modern contemporary with a mix of textures throughout the venue; dark wooden top tables, black wired metal dividers, draping greenery, wooden feature wall, concrete plastered walls and tiled walls.
The dining area goes from the front of the cafe through to the surprising depth of the venue. A bar is located at the centre of the venue on the left with some bar seating available.
Some steps at the back lead to a semi private area with additional seating which can be booked out for functions and is also where the kitchen is located. This area also has a skylight which gives the back area some nice natural light.
The A5 sized menu opens up to an A3 size menu with an impressive menu that ranges from breakfast dishes through to more lunch type items such as burgers and pizza. While we focused our visit around their breakfast offering, we are definitely keen to come back to try their pizzas. The team who bring with them a variety of experiences ranging from Estelle, Rock Paper Scissors, Ezard and QPO to name a few, spent a month perfecting the turn table oven to ensure every pizza flavour worked perfectly with their oven which takes 3 mins per pizza.
As usual we started with our drink of choice. Mr J’s matcha had a subtle matcha flavour with a slight floral or sweetness to it that we couldn’t quite pinpoint what it was (Mr J says rosemary but it definitely was not as strong as rosemary). My mocha was well balanced in terms of the coffee and chocolate.
Mr J had the big breakfast and just to give an indication of the pricing at this venue, this was one of the pricier items off their brekky section at $20 (which we think is quite reasonable compared to other cafes and the dishes you can get for $20). A decent serving size with plenty of bacon, a spicy kick in the chilli jam (which was a tad too much for Mr J’s low tolerance to spice) and the most crispy hash brown ever. The final verdict from Mr J; “fits the bill and is definitely a big breakfast!”
I had the french toast which was a cake like texture served with a medley of mushrooms (button, shiitake, oyster and enoki). The mushrooms were simply sauteed with minimal seasoning but paired well with the flavoursome truffle goats cheese which had a lovely truffle flavour.
We finished off with a dish we have had our eye on for awhile now after seeing it on Instagram. A lovely smooth panna cotta with a good matcha flavour to it. This went nicely with the cocoa granola; a nice light brekky dish which is not overly sweet.
With the time to be known as a place that caters for all; from families through to catching up with friends through to date nights through to celebrating milestones, we think Dawson has the space and menu to do all that.
Dishes that make up this review
- Big breakfast; eggs your way, instra bacon, hash browns, herbed mushrooms, avocado, chilli jam, sourdough toast ($20)
- Savoury mushroom french toast; sauteed seasonal mushrooms, whipped black truffle goats cheese, roasted hazelnut, sunny fried egg, pecorino cheese, fresh watercress ($19)
- Matcha panna cotta; cocoa, buckwheat and almond granola, fresh seasonal fruit, raspberry textures ($15)
- Matcha latte ($4.50)
- Mocha ($4)