Fish Pier, Highpoint Shopping Centre. Phone: 9318 8277
Cupcake Central. Highpoint Shopping Centre. Phone: 9077 4542
Despite the fact we found the array of outlets and services available in Highpoint’s new food court a bit of a mixed bag, we have been enjoying our visits there.
The more recently opened fashion precinct adds a touch of undeniable class, even if the many shops therein are unlikely to ever see any of our money.
In the food section itself, we’ve bought meat and boreks from the rather classy butcher.
And if other chores and purposes take us to Highpoint, we’re more than happy to do our dinner shopping – and even a stock-up shop – at the very well stocked fresh produce store.
My one serious reservation about the new food area has been the lack of interesting places to eat.
There’s now an Italian-style panini/focaccia/sandwich place that looks like it may be worth checking out, although the salads on display look rather shopping-centre dreary.
In this setting, Fish Pier is also well stocked with fresh seafood.
It’s a pity, perhaps, that the place’s eat-in assortment is tucked around on the side, as on the basis of my lunch it’s well worth considering.
At $10 or thereabouts, my fish and chips would be a perfectly OK lunch; at the special promotional price of $5 it’s an outright bargain.
The chips are fresh and hot but only average.
The flathead fillet is much better – a winner!
The panko-crumbed calamari rings ($1 each) are not freshly fried for me and are thus a bit tired on it, a bit soggy and chewy.
I could do without the salad bits and pieces.
Like Fish Pier, Cupcake Central is part of a chain.
But forget about that; forget, too, the shopping centre location.
This is a stylish cafe space I’d be happy to spend time in just about anywhere.
Especially as my $3.30 cafe latte is outstanding.
My salted caramel cupcake ($4) is about 30 seconds of sticky decadence, although I do end up scraping off about half of the creamy, cloying topping.
All sorts of other sweeties, especially of the Italian variety, are always going to have bigger place in my heart than cupcakes, but this is a top spot.
See earlier stories about Highpoint here and here.