Freelance writer with a BA double majoring in Literature and Australian History who loves finding random places of social or historical treasure whilst travelling around visiting festivals, markets and quaint cafes with my husband and baby
Published March 14th 2014
A day out at Westfield Chermside is an art form. One must negotiate the over 375 stores, cinemas, bowling alley and thousands of people, and still come out of there with your wits and your credit cards intact.
Cafe La Vie is a little bit of serenity amongst the madness. It is situated just outside the shopping centre's main food court, alongside other restaurants and cafes.
They are open all day for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and have a good range of coffees and morning or afternoon tea items.
Meals are reasonably priced around $15 to $20 for pasta and risottos, steak meals, open grilled sandwiches, pizza and much more. The table beside us informed me that the Moroccan Warm Beef Salad was fantastic. The meals are large and leave you full, and the menu notes which options are gluten free or vegetarian.
On the day we were there we just had coffee, trying the Latte and and the Cappuccino, accompanied by a white chocolate macadamia cookie and a melting moment.
I am very particular about my coffee and I have to say that my Latte was very good and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The white chocolate macadamia cookie was a decent size and a little hard to break in half to eat delicately, but the flavour was delicious and I'd definitely have another next time.
The restaurant boasts tables indoors or outside on the sidewalk. The outdoor tables can get a little loud with the passing traffic, but the inside seating is relaxed and quiet, with a variety of lounge or table dining options.
If there was one down side to the cafe I would have to say that it is the lack of air conditioning. The air conditioning seems to be turned on, but as the doors to the outside tables are left open, it is only cool towards the back of the cafe on hot days. Of course, if the day is normal temperature it doesn't affect you.
All and all Cafe La Vie was a lovely break from our shopping day and well worth a visit.