My husband and I were heading towards the Toowoomba CBD when the charming exterior of Cafe Valetta caught my eye. If it weren't for its yellow and black umbrellas and the Cafe's freestanding sign, I would've thought it was a very beautiful house. We walked through the CBD looking for something to eat, however nothing looked as good as Cafe Valetta. So we decided that this would be our lunch spot.
Beautiful indoor dining area. Image taken from Cafe Valetta.
Originally built around 1911, Valetta was used as a summer residence to get away from the heat on the coast, a guest house and an antiques gallery before Cafe Valetta was opened in 2004 after a huge restoration.
The outdoor dining area is quite spacious with seating provided in the garden, on the veranda and under the pergola. With a beautifully manicured garden, tables and chairs nestled under large umbrellas, gorgeous garden statues and pot plants scattered throughout the area, I'm sure there's nobody that would pass up the opportunity to dine outdoors.
The indoor dining area does not disappoint. Each area is just exquisite: the ceilings, lights, walls, doors, you name it. There are different areas within the restaurant with tables and chairs set up, giving you lots of room and the privacy you need.
We walked through the gate to see people enjoying their Sunday brunch and were greeted by a welcoming smile. As they weren't too busy the waitress let us choose where we wanted to sit, which gave us the opportunity to have a quick walk around. As all the outdoor tables were occupied (and I could see why), we settled at a table inside. It took a few minutes before someone noticed us and brought us our menus and water.
Their lunch menu offers various meals suitable for all kinds of diners. Those in a sharing mood should go for the anti pasto platter, bruschetta or chips. Light eaters can enjoy yummy selections such as chicken filo, quiche or soup of the day. There are also salads, sandwiches, pasta and other mains to satisfy the palate.
After scouring the menu for a dish that tickled my fancy, I decided to try the Zucchini flowers, something I'd never had before. And my husband opted for the gourmet beef burger. I also ordered a mango frappe to accompany my meal, while my husband chose the chocolate milkshake.
As I was getting serious hunger pangs, I decided to order a banana bread to tide me over until our mains arrived. It was yum and I wolfed it down so quickly that I forgot to snap a photo of it.
The restaurant wasn't busy so our meals didn't take long, and when they arrived, both looked delicious. My zucchini flowers were fried to perfection. The filling was creamy, though other than cream cheese, I couldn't really taste baby spinach or pine nuts as denoted on the menu. It could've done with a bit more seasoning; nevertheless, I did enjoy it. It also came with a bed of herbed quinoa with balsamic reduction and this was to die for! It was so light and zesty.
My husband's burger came on a toasted Turkish bun and was just delightful. The homemade pattie was really juicy and flavoursome! It looked small on the plate, but my husband fell into a food coma afterwards.
We had a fantastic time here. With excellent service, scrumptious food, fantastic quality, and friendly atmosphere, we will be back for more.