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Published September 9th 2014
Yummy food with a pleasant outlook
Redland Bay is a lovely little village with a large population, an idyllic location and one big problem - a serious lack of dining options. Sure there's the pub and the golf club if you're looking for a bistro type setting, and there's Thai, Indian and pizza for take away. When it comes to the cafe set, other than my personal favourite, Pelican's Nautical Treasures , there's not a whole lot going on. Enter Gypsy Cafe on Broadwater Terrace.
Gypsy Cafe Redland Bay
It definitely doesn't have the location, or the excellent coffee, or possibly even the charm of Pelican's but my word is the food tasty!
Gypsy Cafe is located on the edge of the Redland Bay Shopping district, just across the road from the beautiful grounds of the pub. There are bay glimpses, but if you're hoping for a view. The cafe itself is tastefully decorated and has a warm ambience to it. My preference on a nice day would probably still be to sit outside though.
Obviously the locals have all known about this place for a while because, for lunch on a Tuesday, there was a steady stream of trade the whole time we were there. The menu is extensive and boasts a bit of something for everyone. The hardest thing about the whole experience for me was trying to chose what to eat - decision making is not my strong point and there was way too much to chose from off the menu alone, not even accounting for the two specials boards!
In the end I must admit I cheated a little. My final main meal choice wandered past me to a nearby table and it just looked so good I then had to try it. Pumpkin Bruschetta, served on turkish with pesto, bacon, feta and balsamic glaze. I honestly have to say that I think at $11.50 it must have been one of the tastiest lunches I've had in a while. So simple, yet all the flavours were balanced perfectly and I definitely wasn't hungry afterwards!
My mum decided to go for one of the $12.50 specials of the day, beef and mushroom pot pie. It was the right kind of pie in my view, plenty of filling not too much pastry. The filling was well seasoned and very enjoyable. Everything that was on the plate was tasty but I just have one bone to pick with something that wasn't on the plate - salad. All that this meal required to make it completely infallible was a bit of side greenery! But I really am nitpicking here and I'm sure some people would argue that you probably wouldn't eat the salad anyway.
Gypsy Cafe boasts a fridge fully of very yummy homemade cakes but unfortunately our previous experience of their coffee hasn't been quite so favourable. If coffee isn't your thing though they also have a large range of soft drinks and iced teas and are fully licensed with a reasonably good wine list for a small venue.
I understand that Gypsy Cafe used to open for dinner when they first began trading but don't seem to do so anymore except for Saturday nights. If they could bring out a well priced tasty dinner menu to match their lunch one I think they'd be surprised at how well they might do.
So if you're at the southern end of the Redlands and looking for a honest, well cooked meal then why not pop into Gypsy Cafe. I hope you'll enjoy the food just as much as I did.
Is the pot pie just the filling in the pot with a pastry lid and no pastry casing? I like those sorts too. I often get tempted by the filling in a pie, but don't order because I don't want all the pastry that comes with it.