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The Blue Turtle Cafe

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 31st 2019
Don't turn turtle, turn up for a feast
Cafe sign
Can't miss this sign.

Been there many times, mainly for brunch and lunch. They open at 7.30 and close daily at 3.30 but the breakfast menu is available until 2.30.

A partitioned footpath section for al fresco dining.

All day brekkie is always a hit with me as I can tailor my order to suit my fussy likes. The staff are very obliging that way.

Food on plate
Small, but tasty.

Their breakfast menu offers the standard of eggs cooked any way you like with bacon and added extras of hash browns, mushrooms, spinach, grilled tomato, sausages and baked beans. Now that is a big breakfast.

Muesli and porridge are also available, not to mention pancakes, a usual favourite of mine.

They even have a kid's breakfast menu.

Already had breakfast? Then the lunch menu will satisfy you.

There is always a special's board

cafe interior
There is always a specials board.

A good guide to how enjoyable a meal was is an empty plate when you have finished.

Can't wait to make this an empty plate.

They are licenced and have a good range of teas, coffees, soft drinks, milk shakes and spiders (remember them!).

Cafe staff
Some of the friendly staff.

What has intrigued me for several years now was why it was named the Blue Turtle and not the Purple Turtle, which has a poetic ring to it. On asking why I was told the previous owner liked turtles, which is why there was no turtle soup on the menu.

Drop in if you're in a hurry as the service is quick.

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Where: The Blue Turtle Café. 222 Main Street, Lilydale.
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Love the grassroots vibe.
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