Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published August 24th 2012
Organic and gluten free food at reasonable price
Who says organic and gluten free eating has to be expensive? Because it's certainly not these guys. The Goodness Gracious Organic and Gluten Free Café in Yandina was a delightful find in a hinterland town that stands out from the crowd.
The café is set up in what looks like used to be someone's home. You can make out what used to be the front porch, the living room and a couple of bedrooms. Not that they resemble that now at all – the place is packed with organic goodies from fresh foods to long life products. They've also amassed quite a collection of vintage goodies from photos and postcards to couches and tables – it was like a step back in time when I walked in. Don't worry, there was still plenty of goods from this day and age as well, including some T-shirts, candles, body care products and other random bits and bobs.
While it looked quite cluttered, everything had its place. Someone more patient than myself interested in this type of stuff could spend a lot of time picking through absolutely everything they had on the shelves. It was good to see them supporting the locals as well – I noticed a shelf dedicated to books by local authors.
After a short walk around we made our way up to order our breakfast. They had a good selection here of savoury and sweet foods sure to satisfy the fussiest of eaters from muffins and cakes to muesli, pancakes and eggs.
I ended up going with the Farmhouse Breaky for $13 - a great price considering what it contained. This meal had a baked tomato, spicy baked beans, baby spinach, shaved parmesan, mushrooms and my choice of eggs on toasts. I lashed out for a bit of bacon for $3 extra - and it was a generous amount I may add. They had a good range of hot and cold drinks as well so I ended up going for the mocha.
Buckwheat and dill pikelets with poached eggs, fresh hollandaise sauce and tomato
Given all the room they have taken up decking out the store there didn't feel like much left for those of us who were lining up to order food and drinks at the same time. It felt like the gentleman standing behind me was right on top of me. This was honestly the only negative I could think of when sitting down to write this review.
When we grabbed a seat outside I noticed the trend of mismatching items had continued. Our table looked like a fold-away you would take away camping with you on a weekend away while our chairs were like something I used to sit on in high school. This isn't a bad thing, quite the opposite. I loved it, it just showed that the place had plenty of personality and character.
The food was great and surprisingly filling and very tasty, everything went together so well and I was happy to see my poached eggs cooked just as I'd asked. Normally I've got room to polish off my partner's plate when she can't finish her's off but I found myself pleasantly stuffed at the end of my meal. The mocha was great as well, it's certainly got a different taste to the usual one you expect to find in a big brand coffee shop, I guess that's the organic difference.
Goodness Gracious was certainly my reaction after leaving this neat little café – and I mean that in a good way. It's nice to have somewhere on the Sunshine Coast where organic and gluten free food doesn't cost you an arm and a leg. I think I'll be making excuses in the future to visit Yandina just to stop by this place.