No visit to the Western Plains Cultural Centre would be complete without a coffee or meal at the facility’s excellent Outlook Café.
Located within the peaceful, modern surrounds of the Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC), the Outlook Café serves breakfast and lunch six days a week (closed Tuesday). If perusing art galleries and museums works up your appetite, you’re in luck; not only is the Outlook Café conveniently located, but it’s also tasty enough to deserve a visit to the WPCC in its own right.
The café is the first thing you happen upon as you enter the WPCC, within the large glass foyer that links the old Dubbo primary school (where the museum is located) with the newer gallery space. Sandwiched between two walls of windows, the interior of the café is wonderfully light-filled and airy. There’s also a large alfresco area with ample tables overlooking sporting fields in a quiet corner of suburban Dubbo. The Outlook Café is peaceful indeed, in the way that only galleries and museums know how.
The food is quality café fare, a tried and true arrangement of salads, wraps and light meals with a smattering of more exotic options thrown in for good measure. The breakfast menu offers up classics like bacon and eggs, pancakes with strawberries and maple syrup and eggs benedict, but then throws in some more exotic options, including Worcestershire mushrooms with brie cheese and corn and zucchini fritters with avocado, pancetta and tomato salsa. For lunch you’ll be more than satisfied with the array of sandwiches, wraps and toasties – the prawn and bacon wrap with grilled pineapple and cheese comes highly recommended. Or you may want something more refined, in which case the grilled chicken and roast vegetable stack with basil pesto and pine nuts would be a good option, or perhaps the beetroot, pecan and goat’s cheese salad would be preferable.
The Outlook Café is licensed with a good selection of wine available by the glass or bottle, plus beer, cider and non-alcoholic drinks including milkshakes and spiders, plus freshly squeezed juice made to order. Oh, and the coffee is delicious, as is the selection of sweets in the window if that’s more your style. The gluten-free lemon curd tart looked particularly inviting, a reasonable accomplishment when placed next to moist hummingbird cake with thick lashings of cream cheese icing.
So when next you’re in Dubbo, be sure to call into the WPCC. Come for the culture (or at least pretend to), but stay for the delicious food and drinks.
Outlook Cafe is located in the Western Plains Cultural Centre, 76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo, NSW. Call (02) 6884 7977 for more information.