G Tree Café is located in Gungahlin Town Centre, 13kms north of the city. Gungahlin is Canberra's northernmost Town Centre and also the fastest growing area, with new suburbs being built and construction in full swing around the region. With a current population of 60,000, it is expected to grow to 72,900 by 2021.
Whilst visiting the region exploring, our family found ourselves in Gungahlin Town Centre with over a dozen lunch choices to choose from and we were unsure of where to go. After walking around we found one particular café buzzing with happy locals - the colourful and popular G Tree Café.
There are two levels of dining at G Tree Café – there is the small upper landing with several tables which have views out to the street and up to the large and impressive paintings on the wall. On the lower level there is the main counter and also a narrow area for tables for two which leads to the door to the shopping centre. This is a comfortable area for a coffee on your own or for a quiet lunch with a friend. G Tree Café make their coffee with a blend from Ona, a popular coffee producer in Canberra.
There is a nice feel to this café, with happy diners meeting up with friends and locals stopping to say hi to the many staff, who seem to know all the regulars by name. It is also a café where you can comfortably sit on your own and relax with a book or check emails.
Lower level dining for a coffee on your own or meet a friend
For those who wish to sit outside, there are a few tables out on the street level to watch the action at Gungahlin's Town Centre . Although it can be a noisy main street, it is a vibrant area with plenty to look at while waiting for your meal. At the time of writing there is a proposed light rail system planned between Gungahlin and Canberra Civic which will travel along this main road in front of the café, providing even more to look at in this central location.
The extensive menu has something for everyone with Breakfast and Lunch menu items, all under $22. Lunch items include Crispy Calamari Salad ($18), Mongolian Lamb Burger ($19), BBQ Pork Sliders ($15) and Grilled Haloumi Salad ($18). There are also a range of delicious Asian inspired meals to choose from including the Yakitori Chicken Burger marinated in Japanese sweet soy sauce ($18), Galbi Steak Burger made with Korean style honey and soy steak ($18) and the G Tree Fried Chicken with Korean style chilli dipping sauce ( $15).
When meals were served around us, it was easy to see why this café is so popular – the servings are substantial and piled high on the plate. With such rustic, delicious looking food on offer, G Tree Café shows why it is a local's favourite for both breakfast and lunch.
Special Tom Yam Goong Linguini. Source: G Tree Cafe Facebook
If you are just after a light lunch there is also the Sandwiches and Light Snacks part of the menu which includes sandwiches, croissants and variety of toasts. There are also two options of Kids Meals on the menu for less than $12. The extensive menu at the G Tree Café makes this a handy place to visit, so people in your group can order large or small meals, depending on their appetite. There is also plenty of staff, which ensures fast and friendly service from the moment you sit down.
For families there are highchairs available for use and outside the lower level door there is a handy indoor toddler play area which is part of the Gungahlin Marketplace Shopping Centre. This family friendly café welcomes kids, however there isn't much room for prams so perhaps a fold-up stroller would be easier if you are dining with kids.
The G Tree café is a comfortable café with an extensive menu to choose from, with fast service and good food. Gungahlin Town Centre has a large variety of cafes and food outlets to choose from along this busy café strip, however this narrow café has attracted in the locals who keep coming back for more. One thing is for certain - next time we are in Gungahlin we will bring our appetite and be "locals for a day" at G Tree Café!