Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published November 3rd 2012
Fresh Food And Hot Coffee In Gorgeous Cotton Tree
The test of time is one of the greatest a cafe stands to face in this day and age. So it speaks volumes when the local, little cafe stands up to all the uncertainly in the world to still be in the same spot nearly 10 years on. Nude Deli Cafe @ Cotton Tree has proven itself to the locals and the tourists as one of the best places to grab a coffee and a bite to eat in the beach and river side town.
Enjoy a quiet coffee at Nude Deli Cafe @ Cotton Tree
Found on Kings St, the Cotton Tree cafe is the original and the best. It may look small from the outside but don't be fooled - they've got plenty more seating and plenty of good food inside. I came across Nude Deli not too long ago after spending a day at the Cotton Tree Markets.
The Big Breakfast - bacon, eggs (I went with poached), sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, avocado and toast ($19.90)
Walking in the front door I could tell I was in for a treat. Already I could see a cabinet filled with homemade cakes, muffins, quiches, lasagnes and frittatas. The smell of freshly roasted coffee was in the air and over the shoulder of the cashier I could see the kitchen hard at work. The menu looked very appealing for breakfast, lunch and its beverages.
It was still breakfast time when I stopped in and it was good to see there was plenty to choose from. The cheapest item on the menu was the thick raisin toast ($7.50) and the most expensive was the Big Breakfast and the Mediterranean Breakfast (both $19.90). In between there was home made pancakes with ice cream and maple syrup ($15.30 plain, mixed berries for $18.60), egg and bacon sandwich ($14.90) and a variety of omelettes ($18.90).
The bright blue banner of Nude Deli Cafe is easy to spot on Kings St
At first glance there didn't appear to be much seating available outside on Kings St, but that was before I realised they had a whole lounge out back. It was very peaceful, cool and quiet back there - perfect after an hour walking through the markets. I took my seat and awaited my order, a mocha and the Big Breakfast - bacon, eggs (I went with poached), sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, avocado and toast. The price felt a bit dear but I soon found it to be worth it. Being able to eat my breakfast and peruse the paper in peace was an added bonus.
I stuck around for about an hour after I finished my meal and even ended up ordering another coffee. I was quite happy reading and browsing the internet on my phone so I didn't want to leave. People came and went but you wouldn't have noticed, they were pretty quiet - everyone just wanted to enjoy the peaceful Sunday morning.
Take a seat out the back - it's so peaceful and quiet you could hear a pin drop
I've taken friends and family back to Nude Deli Cafe since and I will be sure to try out the Mooloolaba store sometime soon. I can also highly recommend lunch - I had the steak sandwich with rib fillet, caramelized onion, cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, mayo and BBQ cause on crusty thick toast. The flavour sure packed a punch, and it looked like something you would get at a gourmet restaurant not a local cafe. Nude Deli is just a great, little cafe either for a solo meal to yourself of a catch up with a mate.