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Paperbark Cafe at Kuranga Native Nursery

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by Kaye Roberts-Palmer (subscribe)
Kaye Roberts-Palmer is a local culture enthusiast and garden designer who loves all things green and groovy and getting out and about. Discover more of her ponderings at:
Published May 17th 2015
Delicious fare with native bush food touches
For native garden lovers, Kuranga Native Nursery is well known for its comprehensive plant collection and the knowledgeable staff, but there is also another reason to visit and that's Paperbark Café open for breakfast and lunch.

Hidden at the back of Kuranga Native Nursery, it's easy to get side-tracked by all the pretty homewares on offer in the shop even before you step inside the café.
Paperbark Café in Kuranga Native Nursery, breakfast, lunch
Paperbark Cafe interior

It's a cheerful place with a unique twist, most of its meals on offer have bush food touches. For breakfast there are many choices on offer from an omelette with native pesto, roast capsicum, spinach and gruyere served with toast, to native thyme grilled polenta with roast tomato, asparagus, fetta and native dukkah or for something different, Kuranga crumble with cinnamon myrtle poached pears, muntries and yoghurt.

I had lunch there and enjoyed the bush tomato and bacon quiche served with salad and green tomato relish, it was small but filling, my vegetarian friend had the tofu salad – bush tomato and native thyme, marinated tofu with greens, sundried tomatoes, olives, red onion and pepperberry dressing.

Other extras are daily specials, a kids menu available, free range eggs used in all dishes and gluten free bread on offer.

If its nice weather you can sit out on the wide verandah with views of the Olinda Creek surrounded by gum trees.
Paperbark Café in Kuranga Native Nursery, breakfast, lunch
Entrance to Kuranga Native Nursery

I was there with a group and we definitely had to reserve to get a table - its popular.
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Phone: 9760 8100
Where: 118 York Road, Mount Evelyn
Cost: meals from $9 to $23
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