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The Cola Cafe and Museum

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published May 13th 2015
1950's diner style plus breakfast all day
Over the years British cooking has had some seriously bad rep. The French by and large think the Brits exist on bloody chunks of beef inadequately roasted at an open fire and boiled cabbage.

Their name for a pom, in fact, is rosbif - roast beef - but apart from what is actually a pretty serious cuisine the British have contributed to the world's happiness by a measurable amount with the creation of the 'Full English Breakfast'.

Coca-Cola, Cola Cafe, Burgers, Toodyay, Coca-Cola Museum
Cola Cafe in Toodyay (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


This sublime meal can be eaten at any time of the day and serious cafés know this, which is why The Cola Café in Toodyay offers 'all day breakfast and lunch'

Before I get to the food, however, I have to say a few words about the café and it's startling, not to say unique decor.

Coca-Cola, Cola Cafe, Burgers, Toodyay, Coca-Cola Museum
Part of the collection of Coke memorabillia at The Cola Cafe (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


Coca-Cola has been a part of the life of every person now living on the planet since birth and is a huge cultural icon. It is sold in every country of the world save Cuba and North Korea and is available even there as part of the the 'grey economy'.

Coke were one of the earliest companies to introduce free give-aways and signage which became immediately collectable.

Coca-Cola, Cola Cafe, Burgers, Toodyay, Coca-Cola Museum
Part of the collection of Coke memorabillia at The Cola Cafe (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


The collection is the Cola Cafe and Museum is vast, going back fifty years and constantly added to by friends and patrons. Even a five minute browse through the collection will jog your memory about items from your teens - I recall the Coca-Cola yo-yos and the endless hours spent trying to learn to 'walk the dog'. Great fun.

The Cola Café relies heavily on Coke for its decor, obviously, but the inspiration is American Diner chic.

Coca-Cola, Cola Cafe, Burgers, Toodyay, Coca-Cola Museum
The Menu Chalkboard at The Cola Cafe (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


There are extensive menus on each table and one sits, browses and, having made your selection, orders at the counter, gets a number and in due course your meal arrives.

While you wait do make sure you at least glance through the collection of watches, key-rings, sings, clocks, Christmas items, snow cones, glassware, cans, dispensers, miniatures and the myriad promotional items that human ingenuity could devise.

Among the 'All Day' breakfasts on offer are Eggs Benedict - English muffin topped with shaved ham, poached eggs smothered in Hollandaise sauce plus hash browns ($16.50); French Toast ($9.50); Pancakes ($9.50); Eggs on Toast; Eggs and Hash Browns; Eggs and Bacon and so on.

Tucked in the middle is the 'American Diner', which is really a 'Full English', with an American accent.

Coca-Cola, Cola Cafe, Burgers, Toodyay, Coca-Cola Museum
Breakfast at The Cola Cafe (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


It consists of a Scotch fillet steak (beautifully tender), two eggs as you like them (over easy in my case), two rashers of bacon, two hash browns, two halves of grilled tomato, mushrooms and two slices of perfectly cooked toast, butter and jam.

At $18.50 this represents exceptionally good value and if that's not enough there is a whole range of 'add-ons' - baked beans, chipolata sausages, chips and so on to create the perfect meal. It is not uncommon in diners and cafés for the food to be cooked so quickly that quality may suffer.

That is not the case here - everything was cooked to perfection and tasted just delicious, despite the fact that it was so swiftly delivered.

As well as breakfast there are a range of ten burgers, including the 'Moondyne Joe' ($17.50); Hot Dogs and sandwiches, including the iconic BLT and Club.

There are Focaccias, home made favourites of tuna patties, quiches, egg and bacon pies and bruschetta plus a range of luncheon meals - Thai Chicken Curry and Rice, Lasagne, Calamari Basket, and so on.

Coca-Cola, Cola Cafe, Burgers, Toodyay, Coca-Cola Museum
Cola Cafe in Toodyay (Photograph by D Sutherland-Bruce)


Pretty much something for everyone. And all I ate was very superior.

One can sit inside or semi outside under cover or actually on the footpath at small tables with umbrellas where you can watch the world wander by walking their dog.

Well worth a visit both for the Coke collection, the above average service, the good prices and the really excellent food.

Very Highly Recommended.
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Why? Great food and a fascinating museum
When: 8:00am to 4:00pm seven days a week
Phone: 9574 4407
Where: 128 Stirling Terrace, Toodyay
Cost: $15-$25
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