Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published November 6th 2012
Quirky name - great coffee and food
Whether you've been here before or it just feels like you have, De Ja Vu Cafe & Bar on the Mooloolaba Esplanade deserves a visit. Found just opposite the beach, you can enjoy great food and coffee before running off for a morning or afternoon walk, run or swim on the beach. I've actually been to De Ja Vu a handful of times now and it's fast becoming one of my favourite places to visit in the area.
There are so many things to love about this place. They've got a great location on the Mooloolaba Esp, within ear shot of the crashing waves of the beach. Sitting outdoors in the shade is an absolute treat on a sunny day. I remember the first time I came here was for an afternoon coffee with my cousin. We took a seat, they took our order, and we just sat back, chatted, and before we knew it, hot coffee was right in front of us. It was a gorgeous day with good coffee and conversation, so we were quite happy to sit there and take out time.
On my second trip, I took my girlfriend for a proper sit down breakfast. The choices were similar to those you'd come to expect from a beachside cafe, with a couple of different options that caught my attention. Those being the ricotta pancakes with maple syrup, whipped cream and mixed berry compote ($15.50), the herb corncake with bacon, poached eggs, rocket and chilli jam ($16.90) and savoury mince, house made premium beef mince with toasted turkish bread ($11.90).
My favourite, the big brekky, eggs to my liking (poached), bacon, herb tomato, mushrooms, lamb and rosemary sausage, hash brown and toast ($19.90)
I ended up choosing old faithful - the big brekky, eggs to my liking (poached), bacon, herb tomato, mushrooms, lamb and rosemary sausage, hash brown and toast ($19.90). We enjoyed our coffees, mine the cappuccino ($3.90) and her's a espresso ($3.90) as we waited for breakfast. It didn't take long, after admiring the view across the road, the next thing I knew my food was being served up.
The herb corncake with bacon, poached eggs, rocket and chilli jam ($16.90)
I was quite impressed with my meal - even though at the price I paid I felt it was a bit much. Regardless, it was satisfying and filling, I could have licked the plate clean when I was done. The eggs were just the way I like it - cooked just enough so you can pierce the yolk inside and let it run down onto your toast. I'm getting hungry just typing this out now. My partner, however, didn't finish off her meal, the herb corncake. I could tell just by looking at it, the meal had been absolutely loaded with rocket, and the chilli jam was very overpowering, I was told. It left the corncake base a bit soggy. I had a bite of her meal and was glad I went with my option. Had it been for a bit less rocket and chilli jam, it would have been delicious I bet. As they say, less is more.
I managed to sneak a peak at the lunch menu before leaving and suffice to say, I'll be back. The tuna opengrill with dill, aioli, sun dried tomato, shallots and tasty cheese serve on ciabatta with chips ($14.90), and the smoked salmon sandwich with cream cheese, spanish onion, capers and rocket served on toasted turkish bread with garden salad ($16.90) both caught my eye.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a coffee over the road from Mooloolaba Beach