This cafe is in a great location with uninterrupted harbour views. The coffee is good and I have eaten there twice and found the food to be above average. There is room for improvement, however the view is stunning. I like to pop in here after a walk around North Head and it means I don’t have to fight the crowds in at Devonport village.
We were there for lunch today. My 93 yr old mother was “shouting” me for my birthday and her grand daughter (25) was with us. I ordered a Caesar salad and granddaughter ordered a chicken caesar salad. 93 yr old’s piece of quiche arrived promptly as well as coffee and cake also ordered by us all but the salads took a good half an hour to arrive even after asking what had happened to them. When they arrived they were practically inedible. The lettuce was a “spring mix” out of a package not a cos lettuce – there was 1 anchovy in mine and about 3 little croutons. The grandaughter’s chicken caesar was the same and she ate about 3 mouthfuls. She said the chicken was overcooked and the sauce over it all was very fishy. We were all looking forward to a lovely lunch at a beautiful spot but we did all expect to eat at the same time. Maybe we chose the wrong food but surely a caesar salad at $15.00 is the same any where in the world? Waiting staff should also know that it is bad manners to clear the table when someone is still eating. Just a lack of training obviously. Very disappointing and we won’t be rushing back.
The location of the cafe is fabulous but it’s a long way from Devonport village. If you like everything brand new this cafe will suit you but for me it has no character at all . There is insufficient shade from the sun at its outside tables – a few more umbrellas (they have one) would be useful. The coffee is ok but when I went they do not make lattes in bowls. The iced coffee at $6.50 is outrageously expensive. The food is average. the worse thing about this cafe, however, is the service – they seem only to employ young inexperienced girls, who seem in no hurry whatsover; we waited 30 minutes for our coffee. I would not go there again.
I visited Torpedo Bay cafe on Tuesday morning. The setting is amazing with views of the city and a nice sea breeze. It really feels like you can get away for an hour or two. The food was up to standard. Ant very tasty. No corners were cut, One thing I always find in most cafes. The services was great no fuss, happy fun girls. This made for a great atmosphere. Thanks.
If your a local or visiting Devonport this cafe is one of the best places you can go. It’s got an untnterupted view of our stunning harbour, you don’t have to put up with sitting on the side of an uneven foot path and the girl’s who work there are amazing!