One thing about being a food blogger, and it being your birthday this week, is that you can easily talk your friendship group into gorging them self on dumplings in the interest of trying the new dumpling house in town.
We ate SOOOOOOO many dumplings over a two hour period.
Pork, vego, crab, chicken. Different shapes and sizes.
And wound up with a bill under $14/head.
With a dash of rice for variety.
And THEN for some reason, we were talked into utilising our dessert stomachs for coffee and cake at Cafe de Beaumont
Yeah, I rolled to the car.
But I’m SOOOOOOOO glad for good cheap dumplings in Newcastle!!!
(and that they dealt well with my useless booking skills and constantly expanding table!)
Nan’s Dumpling Time
4/79 Beaumont St, Hamilton
(02) 4961 6350
Cafe de Beaumont
70 Beaumont St, Hamilton NSW 2303
(02) 4962 3671
(PS since people keep coming here looking for the menu – here it is!!!)
Slowly slowly, cafes and restaurants on the Central Coast and Newcastle and venturing beyond having a single vegetarian item on the menu, and giving options for those who don’t want meat in every meal. Admittedly, most are still full of cheese and/or mushrooms (which is okay until your vegetarian date doesn’t like mushroom, or your friend is vegan) but they are getting there.
Here are a few (cheesy – so glad I’m back on the dairy, though my waistline might not be) vego options I’ve had over the past couple of weeks.
From The Spot on Beaumont Street, Hamilton: Corn and Feta Fritters with Mushroom, spinach and tomato relish. Oh so yum!
From Cafe Pennoz in the Tuggerah Business Park: Vege Nachos. I had time to kill at work one day so I treated myself.
From Hungry Wolf’s Pizza, Terrigal: Dom’s Special (Cheese, tomato, mushrooms, onion, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, olives, garlic and chilli (optional) – minus the mushrooms and chili. It’s always a nice little delight to get artichoke on something. Way back when I worked in Tuggeranong (not to be confused with Tuggerah), there was a cafe downstairs at Homeworld that sold an amazing vegetarian foccacia with roast Mediterranean veges which I loved… and made me realise that I did like artichoke (from a jar anyway!).