A lover of Brisbane, the wonderful Wynnum Manly Bayside, and
and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and events in my own backyard.
Published September 14th 2014
Brisbane's new Cafe over water
***6/01/2017 Update: This cafe is now under new management ***
Manly has long been a wonderfully popular seaside spot for Brisbane dwellers to spend a day. Now there is even more reason to make the short trip bayside to Manly Harbour Village. Café Bullfrog on the William Gunn Jetty has opened its doors with a flourish. Run by business partners Julieanna and Laurie, it offers a warm and friendly welcome atop the waters of Manly Harbour, with the current claim to be the only café/restaurant above water in Brisbane.
My brunch companion remembers walking down the jetty as a child, rod and bucket in hand and thoughts of fresh whiting to take home, abandoning the fishing to instead jump off the end into the cool waters of the bay. Today it is with thoughts of a hot breakfast and strong coffee as we make our way along the jetty.
The breakfast menu ranged from homemade granola or smashed avocado on toast with feta and tomato to the full breakfast with the lot depending on your appetite, likes and desires. We thoroughly enjoyed our choices of ham omelette and scrambled eggs. This is good wholesome food, cooked well and generously served by eager, friendly staff.
The counter cabinet displays a large range of cakes, slices and muffins if a morning or afternoon tea option is more your style. There are also an array of scrumptious wraps and rolls for a quick healthy bite and a coffee station next to the jetty for a passing caffeine pick-me-up.
Café Bullfrog is situated a short stroll up from the Manly Swimming Pool at Wyvenleigh Close off Fairfield Crescent and Royal Esplanade. A good spot to visit anytime to combine with the weekend markets or a wander along the foreshore.