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Cactus Espresso Bar

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by kirsten baz (subscribe)
I am a weekend adventurer and enjoy getting out and about with the family. I live in Brisbane and my main loves are food, sport and kid related activities
Published January 22nd 2014
Feed us cactus
Finding myself and kids in Ipswich around lunchtime we asked for a lunch recommendation and this was it. Located in the main street of Ipswich the Cactus Espresso Bar is a funky café with a small but yummy menu.

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Cactus espresso bar in historic Ipswich


The décor is leaning towards retro with interesting posters and knick knacks to keep you occupied while waiting for your fare.

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Water on retro cabinet


The menu consists of toasted sandwiches and salads complemented by a list of daily specials. There are lots of hot and cold drinks including a variety of coffee and teas, freshly squeezed orange juice, milkshakes, hot chocolate and a blast from the past with lime spiders. On the specials menu the day we visited was banana or mango smoothie.

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Daily specials


After considering the menu one son decided he wanted only a lime milkshake. The staff offered to tailor the sandwich menu to cater for his taste. He decided on a toasted cheese sandwich. Other son had a toasted ham and cheese sandwich. These were served on lovely Turkish style bread and the kids enjoyed them. I chose a smoked salmon and dill tart with salad. The tart had good pastry and a quiche like filling with dill and fetta on top. I would have liked a little more smoked salmon in the filling. My salad was decent with mixed leaves, carrot, olives (unpitted) and semi dried tomatoes. The tart was also served with a tomato relish which was flavoursome but I did not like it as a partner for the tart.

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Salmon and dill tart


Having both kids with me it was inevitable that at least one visit to the toilet took place. To access toilet you went along a narrow passage and got the key off the back door. It was then outside and up a rickety wooden staircase. I did not ask if people with mobility issues or disabilities were able to use a different toilet, but there were certainly some access issues with that one.

There were lots of treats in jars on the counter if you felt like a bit of a sweet finish to your meal. There were varieties of cookies, slices and a yummy looking mudcake among them. One of the other diners - a businessman - had a vanilla cupcake after his lunch.

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Some of the sweet treats on offer


Overall the café had a good vibe and the food was fresh and tasty. If you find yourself looking for lunch or coffee in Ipswich head to the cactus bar.
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Why? Lunch or coffee in Ipswich
When: Every day
Phone: 07 3282 8299
Where: 173 Brisbane St, Ipswich, Queensland 4305
Cost: $9 to $13 for lunch
Your Comment
Good people watching from the front window too, if you can snag it. Ipswich is an interesting place filled with all sorts.
by smili (score: 0|2) 2148 days ago
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