Nominated for 2021 Golden Plate Awards
- Street Address: 115 Harmony Way, Harcourt
- Website address: www.harcourtproduce.com
- Category: Licensed Cafe
- Cuisine: Contemporary Australian / Mediteranian
- Gluten-free and vegetarian available
- Head Chef: Steven Spencer
- Proprietor / FOH Manager: Annette Larson Rae
- Serving days and hours: Seven days per week from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm
- Cards accepted: Visa and Mastercard
- Street parking
- Covid-free measure in operation
What the first Judges said in 2021
What’s not to love about The Harcourt Produce and General Store? Classically trained owner – Annette Larsen and her team deliver a café experience like no other. Priding itself on its celebration of local producers, the café goes several steps further in the pursuit of excellence – it grows its own lamb and beef, takes vegetables and herbs from its own garden, roasts its own coffee, smokes its own salmon, bakes every delectable cake in house and makes many of the wines on offer.
The key to the cafe’s success is the owner Annette Larsen and her thirty years as a professional chef. And while there are old favourites on offer there’s nothing ordinary about the meals. With an all-day menu, the transition of the breakfast favourites, to brunch, then lunch is seamless. The flavours were bold, rich and impressive, the execution flawless and the presentation superb. The house smoked salmon for example with a dill cream, garnished with caperberries and served with toasted house made breads. The salmon was perfect – served in a wedge rather than the usual slivers. Bitey and delectable. The dill cream was an essential element. Desserts of quince & almond cake, and bread and custard cake were equally impressive. And with a burgeoning local wine industry it’s not surprising that the focus was on fine quality local drops sold by the glass. And there’s an extensive range and ciders and beers. The coffees to were of a high standard.
The Harcourt Produce and General Store is much more than a showcase local produce in Ta smart environment, it’s a celebration of what this rich region has to offer. Restored and re-birthed from a tired looking building the Harcourt Store is now a sharp, contemporary, and inviting venue for the café aficionado. Bright, brimming with produce, and bustling with diners, the venue exudes a confidence that only comes from providing a polished and well thought through product. The two main eating areas are comfortable, well furnished and spaced. The layout of the venue creates a very pleasant confusion – a produce store, a café or a restaurant? The result is an extraordinary offering of café-style food and high-end restaurant fare – served in a busy and attractive environment. The use of quality, premium priced ingredients of restaurant quality at café prices and friendly and efficient customer service – who would not be impressed?
There’s a wine bar and al fresco dining area coming soon! So watch this space!
A showcase of local produce in a smart environment. Delicious dishes expertly prepared. Delightful presentation. Eating areas are comfortable well furnished and spaced. Big range of take home produce. Excellent range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Café prices and friendly customer service. Exceptional. A must visit venue.