Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published August 9th 2013
Get good food at this Cotton Tree cafe
Cotton Tree has provided so many delights in my time on the Sunshine Coast. It's got a park, it's got the river, the beach, the markets and the atmosphere. It's one of the Coast's best kept secrets - while places like Mooloolaba and Noosa Heads are synonymous with tourism, it feels like Cotton Tree flies under the radar. But it will be difficult to keep people away now that King Street's latest cafe has opened.
Breakfast is served - introducing the poached winter pear ($11.90)
Get Fresh Cafe is a welcome addition to beautiful Cotton Tree. If the name sounds familiar - that's because it is. Get Fresh is a long running produce market specialising in fresh produce from the Coast and around Australia. The Cafe has recently opened next door - ever since another popular cafe The Silva Spoon moved into bigger premises (don't worry, it's still in Cotton Tree).
Located on King Street next to the Get Fresh produce store - you can't miss the cafe!
You might not be blown away when first entering the cafe - but give it time. The walls are brick and white, kind of like an old high school, and it looks like the floorboards have been ripped up to reveal the concrete beneath. But like they say, don't judge a book by its cover. Head up to the counter for your first experience of the cafe - a counter of salads, pastries and more. If these don't impress you, nothing will.
My breakfast companions and I headed to a free table - another thing we noticed here is that not much of the furniture matches. Even at our table we had two chairs in one style and the other two in another. Quite quirky. The only fault I could find was the fact that there was only one menu per table - and we were all fighting over it. I would have grabbed one off another table but they were all busy.
No two tables match - interesting mix of furniture at Get Fresh Cafe.
There was a good mix of food available for breakfast and lunch. It was early in the AM so we were drawn to items like the seasonal fruit salad ($11.50), smashed avocado ($8.50), smoked salmon toasted bagel ($14.50), doorstop toastie ($9.50). I ended up going with the poached winter pear ($11.90) - all natural muesli with Greek yoghurt.
I had intended to wash it down with a cappuccino - but that all went out the window when I spotted the date me smoothie ($8) - coconut milk, banana, fresh dates and almonds. The guys behind the counter were very friendly and made for a friendly start to my Saturday morning.
My friends and I barely had time to launch into a conversation before our drinks and food arrived. I was very impressed with my choice - didn't look like much but it left me more than full. My choice of smoothie helped as well. My friends were also very impressed with their choices - another picked the muesli as I did while another enjoyed the marinated mushrooms ($14.90). We all licked our plates clean.
The marinated mushrooms ($14.90) - I'm told they were beautiful.
As I mentioned before the premises was simple yet relaxing enough - there were a couple of magazines and daily newspapers to read if you wanted to. Our group ended up staying another hour and ordering a hot drink each - it was very relaxing.
Get Fresh Cafe is a great addition to the Cotton Tree area and it compliments the original market store well - we went and had a look at what was on sale after leaving. We need more funky places like this around - it's simply but delicious. I'll be sure to head back.
Your pictures are making me hungry on an already full stomach! Friends of mine moved to cotton tree this year - looks like they made the right choice. Will stop in at Get Fresh when I visit them one day!