Freelance writer living on Brisbane's north side. Studied creative industries - currently studying library and information services.
Published September 18th 2012
The Café Tara is located within Westfield Shopping Centre, Strathpine. The Café Tara can be found next to Aldi and across from Just Cuts at the taxi rink exit of the store. It's a decent-sized café, bright and clean, boasting indoor and outdoor dining.
My partner and I have been to the Café Tara on a few occasions now and it's always for the same reasons; he's got a craving for delicious breakfast food, we don't want to cook this said breakfast food and we (mainly he) don't want to settle for any of our usual haunts. Yes, the Café Tara makes wonderful breakfast foods.
On our latest excursion to the café it was mid-morning, it wasn't very busy and the few patrons were bunches of middle-aged women sipping on coffee and socialising. My partner and I had had a sleep-in and were both pretty hungry. The menu at the Café Tara is displayed on boards along the wall behind the counter and it didn't take us long to anticipate what sorts of yummy foods would soon be mixing in our bellies.
My partner ordered the Eggs Benedict for $14.50 and a Hot Mocha for $4.10. I ordered a Big Breakfast switching the egg (I can't stand the stuff) with some chips for $16.90 and an Iced Mocha for $4.10. Yes, the prices at Café Tara can be a little steep, but the quality of the service, food/beverages and the environment balances out the overall experience.
The Big Breakfast contains: 2 long pieces of lightly toasted Turkish bread Sautéed mushrooms 2 cooked tomato halves
Fried egg (which I swapped for hot chips) 1 golden hash brown Herbed chipolatas
In my personal experience the bacon was cooked to perfection; not too crispy but definitely not undercooked; and I was given the best bits, the 'eye' of the bacon. I guess it helps that I'm also a bacon fan. The herbed chipolatas were also cooked well and weren't too spicy or hot. The hash brown was as all hash browns should be: golden, crunchy and soft, and the chips were much the same. The tomato was juicy and soft as were the sautéed mushrooms (which I am also quite a fan of).
The only (small) hang-up I had with the meal was with the Turkish bread. I'm not a fan of plain toast to begin with and even then I can only eat bread soft (so if it's toasted it has to be barely done), so the lightly buttered, lightly toasted long Turkish bread wasn't really to my liking. That didn't really bother me though as I know it's just my own personal preference (my partner loved the Turkish bread).
My Iced Mocha (and my partner's Hot Mocha) was also up to standard: creamy, chocolate-y and milky, and of course ice-cream cold. It was served in something very similar to those tall sundae glasses with a straw and a tea spoon, so that I could scoop the chocolate/ice-cream remains from the bottom.
The Café Tara is a good place to go for quality coffee, breakfasts, cakes and other foods. The service is pleasing, the atmosphere is friendly and bright and the prices vary. So next time you want to catch up with your girlfriends, stop for a coffee after grocery shopping or even stuff yourself with a Big Breakfast after a glorious sleep-in, head over to Café Tara. Happy eating.