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Bowan Island Cafe and Bakery

££ - £££
Cafe, Australian
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183 Victoria Rd, Drummoyne, Sydney, New South Wales 2047, Australia
+61 2 9719 2888
07:00 - 16:30
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Ryde, Australia
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been visiting this cafe weekly for over 20 plus years !! Coffee excellent - so is food - plain and simple food - butter is butter here no fake stuff - balsamic is a good quality one - organicky place and no airs and graces and gimicky going ons - yes a cockroach or two tramps past sonetimes but it... More 

Thank PaulaPilgrim
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

The sandwiches, wraps and pastries taste great every time we visit here for breakfast or lunch. The service lets them down. Sometimes the staff behind the counter just ignore you and at other times are not partticularly friendly. Time to stop resting on the glory of the past guys!

Thank Christie P
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

The food is over priced, breakfast includes 1 piece of toast only, Waitress brought out an extra piece for $2.50 with no offering of butter, etc. Could barely find the feta on the salmon and eggs breakfast. Disappointing - especially as a local. Some free advice Bowan Island: For standard breakfasts, 1 piece of toast is stingy. Not worth paying... More 

Thank Lex1010
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89 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

This bakery needs to stop resting on its old reputation and visit the Village Bakery down the street for some fresh ideas.

Thank Patricia F
Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Drank half a hot chocolate before almost swallowing a cockroach. What made it worst was that the staff didn't care (I was not sure they understood until I mentioned I would complain to council re food standards). I won't be going back - too many Cafes with a higher food standards and friendly staff in Drummoyne (I'm a local).

1 Thank mandp207
Sydney, Australia
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108 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

Fantastic spot for breakfast, it's very busy but they have plenty of staff and you don't wait long at all. There was a lovely selection of eggs all on their beautiful breads. I did notice small quiches as well which looked divine. Will certainly go there again.

Thank Sandra T
Sydney Australia
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288 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Good lunch n breakfast options. Coffee was ok. Nothing to rave on about aside from loaves of bread! A solid cafe popular with the locals. Rightfully so.

Thank AeroDDD
Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

This Cafe has great bread and a great selection of food and good coffee however the service is below par, the staff are not friendly they do not speak to you other than take your order, some do not speak English so i couldn't get an answer to my question. They will not budge with orders, if you want a... More 

Thank Caroline M
Sydney, Australia
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323 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

Had a milkshake and BLT here for lunch, and both were substantial and pleasant. The cafe purports to be the oldest sourdough bakery in Sydney, and the bread from the in-store bakery certainly looks delicious. Would certainly give this another go.

Thank Kathryn W
Northmead, Australia
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

first visit stood at counter for at least one minute with 3 staff look at me and walk on by !! no smile no nothing !!!! no be with you soon.... second visit (which was the next day thought I'd give them another go) staff member was not very polite, no smile, seemed an effort to be there.... then... My... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Australian
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
07:30 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:30
07:00 - 16:30
07:00 - 16:30
07:00 - 16:30
07:00 - 16:30
07:00 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 183 Victoria Rd, Drummoyne, Sydney, New South Wales 2047, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney  >  Drummoyne
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9719 2888

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?