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Published November 12th 2020
Coffee in the suburban sunshine of Greenwattle Cafe
Every coffee shop in Toowoomba was packed and I didn't have time to wait. Back into the car and a few minutes away I made my latest caffeine imbibing discovery. Away from the crowded bustle of the city centre was the Greenwattle Cafe and the answer to my grumbling stomach. I haven't been to Toowoomba since I was a child and it has certainly grown and developed. Thankfully, it still retains the regional charm of the area and of course, the beautiful gardens. I was there over the weekend of the Carnival of the Flowers, so everywhere was busy. I had offered to drive to the horse racing carnival at Clifford Park and filling hungry stomachs before the big race meet was a priority. Greenwattle Cafe came to our rescue as they are very close to the racecourse and offer great food and coffee with friendly, speedy service.
The cafe opened only a few months ago and is located next to Coles in the small centre on the corner of Glenvale Road and Greenwattle Street, hence the name. The menu offers the standard coffee shop fare of eggs and avo on toast, sangers and burgers, cakes and coffee. I gave them points for offering cakes and treats, some of which were made in house instead of the obligatory cheesecake you find in every other cafe. I was convinced into sharing one of the Cherry Ripe gluten-free brownies. Surely something that tastes that good has to be good for you too?
I was also impressed with their offerings of a Sunday roast for those who didn't want to cook. However, they won instant bonus points for their all-day breakfast menu. Not only because, as readers will know, I believe it is a rule of life that breakfast is an all-day meal option, but because they offered a separate children's breakfast menu including a dish called toasted cheese soldiers. I was impressed and I wanted those soldiers.
The cafe is new so all the decor was sparkling and fresh and it was a delight to see the crew took pride in their coffee shop and intended on maintaining the top-notch presentation. I loved the black and burnished gold colour theme which blended well with the gold of the wattle flowers. But don't panic all you allergy sufferers, the flowers are fake.
So brush off your scepticism that the Greenwattle is just another cafe in just another shopping centre. Support a local business and enjoy homemade treats and good eats served by caring locals. I think we all need to have some of their toasted cheese soldiers!