Heart of the suburb

THE crossroad of Lawes and High streets in East Maitland is the centre of activity for the suburb. And perched right in the heart of things is Teale Cafe and Catering. Run by husband and wife team, Bradley and Anne Teale, the cafe is partnered by a catering business. 

Perched on a corner with big glass windows to watch the passing parade, the cafe is spacious and open. The big chalkboard highlighting the specials and delectable desserts out of the oven that day features prominently. 

I’ve eaten in the courtyard during the warmer months and it is a lovely place to spend the afternoon, under the vines and blue sky. 

Visiting this time for lunch, the tables are filled with groups catching up, mums meeting and those popping in for a quiet meal. The menu reflects this, with quick and straightforward options or heartier, more detailed dishes. 

Try one of the selection of toasted Turkish sandwiches – by no means dull or small – with crisp barramundi, shaved fennel, iceberg and tartare; southern fried chicken with corn and coriander salsa and lime mayonnaise; or get stuck into a scotch fillet sandwich with caramelised onions, rockets and confit tomatoes. Served with chunky chips of course. 

There are also desserts such as sticky date pudding, lemon tart, tiramisu and assorted pastries to indulge in afterwards. 

Teale Cafe is also open for breakfast, serving up all the classics. This all-rounder cafe is a great resident to have in this bustling suburb.