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Published October 5th 2019
Enjoy slow food in a slow town
Bombora Beach Cafe has been a Goolwa icon for years. Nestled in the dunes at Goolwa Beach, the cafe offered excellent seafood dishes, wonderful local wine and friendly service. Surfers, swimmers, walkers and their dogs were welcome and the dress code was relaxed. In fact, the famous Bombora Surfer near the entrance sported a sign that stated 'no shoes, no shirt, no problem'.
no shoes, no shirt, no problem
Well, times have changed and Bombora Beach Cafe is no longer. Joel and Casey Cousins have moved their business riverside, on Barrage Road. The good news is that there is more room, for more people, to enjoy great local food and wine in a great location.
The surfer is there. Sadly he no longer advertises the former dress code. I guess the river is more formal than the beach. His surfboard still advertises tasty, tempting treats so you'll probably find wearing shoes is worth the trouble.
There are exciting new dishes including some hearty salads. The 'Sailor's Delight' offers smoked salmon, avocado, grilled fish, prawns and baby spuds for $26. The 'Duck Salad' combines watercress, snow peas, avocado, blood orange and sesame with fat slices of juicy duck for $25.
In keeping with Slow Food principles, Bombora source wine locally, in particular from nearby Langhorne Creek. Did I mention locally made cakes? Bombora's cakes are tantalising and are likely to be my ultimate undoing.
Goolwa is Australia's first Cittąslow or Slow Town. The concept of Cittąslow means, in simple terms, embracing and celebrating all things local, including environment, community, heritage and, of course, food and wine. An afternoon at Bombora On the River will tick most of those boxes for you. Best to book though, word's getting around and everyone wants a table at Bombora.