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Published August 15th 2013
Local lunch on the cheap
I've lived in the Redlands my whole life and one thing that the area seems to be very good at is ploughing its way through local cafes and restaurants at a phenomenal rate of knots. Doesn't seem to matter if the place is good, bad or indifferent if it hasn't taken off in the first couple of weeks its not going to last...and even that isn't a guarantee. With the large percentage of cashed up couples and families keen to enjoy a local dining and entertainment scene it never ceases to amaze me the level of mediocre options we are offered. Seriously how hard can it be to serve good, honest food? Anyway that's my little rant out of the way!
Today for lunch I decided to take my mum down to little local coffee haunt Coffee Thyme. It has probably been around for around eighteen months now. We went there for coffee a few times when it first opened but due to its desperately uninspiring location never went back for anything further. The last few times we have driven past its been surprisingly busy. With this in mind we thought if its lasted this long they must be doing something right and decided to give them another go.
The location is as mentioned average, think failed corner shopping precinct on reasonably busy local thoroughfare road. Not exactly five star but there is a nice park across the road to look at and the decor of the cafe itself is pleasant enough for a small family run affair.
Food wise, mum and I each ended up ordering off the $10 "express lunch" menu and we were pleasantly surprised. I must have been either very hungry or it was very good (or both!) because I tucked into my meal so quickly all thoughts of photography to go with my review went out the window! Please take my word that our meals were beautifully presented. I went for the Lamb Souvlaki served with Tzatziki, Greek Salad and Turkish bread. The lamb was succulent and tender although definitely would have benefited from a decent rest period before service. The salad was light, fresh and tasty and the tzatziki, whilst not the best I've had, certainly went nicely with the meal. My mother went for the Moroccan Chicken served with spinach and roasted capsicum with Turkish bread. She also thoroughly enjoyed her meal and said the chicken was delicious. I felt that her meal could have benefited from a decent side salad like mine but never the less for a $10 lunch they were both excellent value. The cafe is BYO and corkage is set at a very reasonable $2 per person.
We then decided to test their barista skills after our meal. Coffee Thyme serves the acceptable roast Toby's Estate. My coffee snob radar was instantly afraid and I went to order an extra shot but our waitress assured me that their mugs come with two shots standard. Although beautifully presented, it was certainly no award winning brew when it arrived but not a bad effort.
For a cheap local eat with friendly service Coffee Thyme is definitely worth a visit. I'm sure we will return to test either their attractive breakfast or dinner menu offerings in the very near future and will be glad to report again on this cheerful little cafe.
Thank you for this review. It's a shame when good, local cafes shut down due to lack of patronage - especially from the locals who should be supporting them. Sounds like you have a good local place to dine & I certainly hope Coffee Thyme benefits further from your great review.