I'm a freelance writer, living in the Mooloolaba area, and enjoying the chance to promote its attractions.
Published September 24th 2012
Update July 22nd 2014
Please note this cafe is permanently closed and is no longer trading.
The Black Myrtle is a cafe for all seasons
The Black Myrtle is a little wayside cafe in the quiet hinterland town of Woombye. The Myrtle's an open-plan, shop-front room, al fresco to the sidewalk, a few tables and chairs, a diner-style counter fronting a compact kitchen; out back, there's a secluded covered patio. It's country quiet and casual, with a view of the town park and treed hills past the local roofs.
The locals drop in for breakfast, brunch and whatever. Tourists find it by chance as they pass through. Chat if you want; read the news or magazines. There's an ambience of honest hospitality, an effect of owner-come-chef Craig's unpretentious attention to good food, good coffee and good service. He's Canadian (you'll soon discern) and discussion of the varied attractions of Canada and Australia is always on the board. And just so, the Myrtle's menu is eclectic fare.
Along with the traditional eggs, sandwiches and burger, lemon meringue cheesecake and Melting Moments, you'll find food as exotic as the Myrtle's name. There are novel combinations, alongside dishes from different cultures - steamed artichoke hearts in a garlic butter sauce, for instance; or caramelized onion with goat cheese curd tart. The menu changes as Craig creates or explores dishes found around the world. Even so, on the 'chalkboard' or not, diners can request a favourite and Craig is happy to accommodate if the kitchen can provide.
Once a month, the Myrtle has a closed-door evening soiree. It's a convivial affair, where guests are seated to mingle and dine through a theme-based, set, multi-course menu. The menu is advertised in-shop a few weeks prior, and booking a seat is advisable- the Myrtle holds about 30. I got in for the two hour, 12 course tapas dinner, but missed the 'curry' and 'Russian' nights. Note: it's BYO, no corkage.
Hi Helen, Wayne is a quiet observer of local attractions, but who now has a chance to share some of them thanks to WN. Perhaps you might join the team, too? I'm sure your locality must have some features that would interest others.