Located in the relatively new Rochedale Estates housing development, Flying Pepper is something of a hidden gem - even to those living in Rochedale and surrounding suburbs. But once you've discovered this cafe, you may just find yourself spreading the word.
Overlooking the estate's resort-style pool area, Flying Pepper has a decent amount of indoor and outdoor dining. We chose a table outdoors and were impressed by the relaxed atmosphere and the amount of space between tables. With a noise-making, food-flinging toddler in our dining party, it's always nice to have a bit of extra room. There's a range of table sizes available, making it suitable for both couples and big groups.
The cafe has breakfast, lunch and dinner options, but we decided to drop by for a Saturday morning breakfast. While there's a range of bigger and fancier breakfast options (such as the halloumi bruschetta or Flying Pepper big breakfast), the two adults in our party opted for our eat-out breakfast staple of scrambled eggs on toast (with the addition of some hash browns for one of us). For $10 we got a couple of slices of sourdough toast, and some fluffy, herb-infused eggs with homemade (and delicious) tomato relish. The toddler devoured the fruit toast ($4.50) which had three pieces per serve and was laden with plump fruit. To wash it all down we shared a banana smoothie and chocolate frappe, which proved to be a most refreshing accompaniment to the meal.
If you'd rather dine out later in the day, the menu includes such diverse items as the twice-cooked pork belly, black Angus beef burger, a range of rice burgers, plus Korean fried chicken. There's also a decent selection of gluten-free and vegetarian options, and most items are available as takeaway too. Flying Pepper is licensed, so there's also a range of alcoholic beverages on offer to complement your meal.
Although eating out is not always possible with a tantrum-ing toddler, we rather fancy the prospect of picking up a takeaway coffee, grabbing a tasty treat from the cake cabinet, and letting the youngster roam free on the nearby playground. Of course, if you've got the time, all the sweet treats and hot beverages can be made to eat in as well.
The only downside I could see is that the pool areas may become noisy at certain times of the year, but if you pick your time wisely, you should be able to avoid the noise while making the most of those lovely water views.
Flying Pepper Cafe & Restaurant is easily accessible at the Rochedale Estates Lifestyle Centre, and boasts plenty of visitor parking. The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch daily, and dinner from Thursday to Monday.