Despite being part of the fecund Manning Valley, Taree isn’t exactly known for its eateries. This town, which is home to more than twenty thousand people, is far enough away from Sydney that current café trends are slow to penetrate menus, so what you’re likely to find are honest, retro favourites. With that in mind, don’t approach the town’s most popular café, Raw Sugar, expecting acai bowls and turmeric lattes.
What you will find is all your breakfast standards, from Toasted Banana Bread ($8.90) served up with cinnamon and honey ricotta cream and tart rhubarb conserve, to a decent French Toast ($17.50). The latter comes with maple syrup, a pot of whipped cream from a can, and more of the texturally great rhubarb conserve,read more