17 October 2009

DCE Cafe and The Lolly Barn, The Entrance

Recently, Sir D and I went to The Entrance for a little getaway. After taking much longer to get there than anticipated (since it seems like whenever I drive on the F3, I always get stuck in traffic because there's an accident), we were absolutely ravenous and we popped into this little cafe for a late lunch. We ate here the last time we went to The Entrance and fell in love with their crunchy yet fluffy fries, so we ordered burgers since they all came with a generous serving of said fries. 

Beef Burger: with homemade 100% beef pattie, tasty cheese, beetroot, salad greens, tomato and gourmet tomato relish, served with chunky chips - $13.50

Both the burgers were enormous with lots of salad and sauce to go with the meat. Sir D opted for the beef burger which had a homemade beef patty topped with two slices of melted cheese and lots of salad. Underneath the beef patty you can see some tomato relish poking out and this tasted sort of like bolognese sauce but went pretty well with the beef. 

Chicken Caesar Burger: with chargrilled chicken breast, bacon, shaved parmesan, salad greens and a light Caesar dressing, served with chunky chips - $14.50

I went for the chicken caesar burger which had grilled chicken breast, lots of bacon, salad and parmesan. One side of the burger was also slathered in a delicious, creamy caesar dressing. Despite the fact that we were both starving having sat in the car with no snackages for a few hours, these servings were so large that we couldn't finish them. Sadly we had to leave some of those delicious chips behind.

Iced chocolate - $4.50

To wash it all down, we ordered an iced chocolate. I think the person who made this went a little crazy on the chocolate but it was nevertheless a nice drink to go with the burgers.

Afterwards we walked up the street away from the waterfront to The Lolly Barn to stock up on some sugar-laden snacks. I remember as a child that there used to be heaps of lolly stores in shopping centres with all the lollies arranged in plastic see through containers, and you scooped out your favourite lollies into a paper bag with a metal scoop. They seem to have dwindled away and now the only place I can find anything other than the supermarket brands is in Sugar Fix, and the British Lolly Shop.

This little shop has plastic tubs of lollies all along the walls from chocolates to gummy lollies to old-school favourites like milk bottles and strawberries and creams. 

Spotted some favourites amongst the myriad of lollies - ears, clouds, peach rings and Sir D's favourites the sour peaches.

Behind the plastic tubs are prepacked 100g bags of the lollies which are priced at $2.50 per bag or $6.50 for 3 (unless otherwise stated). If they've run out of the prepackaged ones just take the tub to the counter and the lady there will kindly weigh out 100g for you and seal it in a plastic bag.

3x100g bags of lollies (clockwise from top - peach rings, sour cola bottles and strawberries) - $6.50

Of course we got 3 bags - the peach rings, strawberries and sour cola bottles. And they were all comforting in the way that only sugary lollies from your childhood can be.

Facing off with the pelicans!

DCE Cafe
Shop 3, 91-95 The Entrance Road
The Entrance NSW
Ph: +61 (02) 43345122
10% surcharge on Sundays and public holidays

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The Lolly Barn
Shop 2, 38 The Entrance Road
The Entrance NSW
Ph: +61 (02) 43325282

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  1. Actually you know a chicken caesar burger sounds pretty good! I love caesar salads so eating a burger version sounds great! :D

  2. I always pop into the Lolly Barn when I'm near the Central Coast too! They have all my childhood favourites :)

  3. Hi Lorraine - Haha yeah it's just like a chicken caesar salad except the croutons are in bun form =P

    Hi Jen - I'm so glad I stumbled upon it! Such a shame that there's not more places like it closer to home.

  4. Ahh I need a holidayy! Have you tried the Caesar burger from Burgerlicious? How do they compare? Ahh I saw the pelican feeding on a day trip to the Hunter

  5. Hi FFichiban - No I haven't tried any of the Burgerlicious burgers... although I do hear that they're pretty good!