Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published October 1st 2013
Breakfast and lunch on a budget in Buderim
If you're paid fortnightly (like me) you might struggle to make it to pay day. Week one is great, you feel like you've hit the lottery. But if you've got the budgeting skills of a preschool student you're bound to run into trouble come week two. Thankfully, I've found a Sunshine Coast cafe and bakery that's kind to my wallet. Lahtinen's Bakehouse is Buderim is the place to go if you've only got $10 left for breakfast on the weekend.
You'll find them up on busy Burnett Street in Buderim, next to the Woolworths complex there. It's a cosy little spot - a couple of tables and chairs out the front and an area out back apparently (I haven't seen it myself). There's always a couple of local magazines as well as the daily newspapers left out for visitors which is a nice touch - it always makes me want to stay and enjoy the day a bit more.
If you're hoping for something gourmet you've come to the wrong place. But if you're trying to limit your weekend spendings then you might find something of interest on the menu. Breakfast is simple yet filling. The Big Breakkie is a measly $10 - possibly the cheapest on the Coast. You get all the staples here - eggs, bacon and chipolata sausages served on Turkish Bread. It's enough to get you going for the day.
Presenting the Tasmanian Smoked Salmon Salad ($14) - delicious
There's also the homemade baked beans ($10), eggs benedict ($12), french-toast fruit bread ($10) and fruit or plain toast ($6). It's cheap but it will fill you up.
Lunch is just as friendly on the hip pocket with a selection of soups ($8), quiche ($10), curry ($12), BLT ($10), steak sandwich ($14) and even a falafel and haloumi salad ($12) for the vegetarians. I recently sampled the Tasmanian Smoked Salmon Salad ($14) - very delicious. There's also a selection of gourmet sandwiches for $7 although I've yet to try these out.
The coffee on the other hand could be improved - I've never been overly impressed with what's accompanied my meal whenever I've gone to visit. It's worth grabbing a takeaway coffee from one of the other nearby local cafes before you head home.
Being a bakehouse as well there's also a great selection of freshly baked breads, pies, pastries and more. As I stood in line waiting to order I noticed what must be the regular customers coming in to see what was on offer for the day. They didn't look disappointed.
If your mouth isn't watering yet something wrong with you.
Lahtinen's Bakehouse isn't the hot new cafe in town but it's very reliable when it comes to food. Pull up a chair on the weekend, grab the morning paper and enjoy a cheap breakfast before you hit the beach.