I have previously walked by the Oasis Cafe a few times but on the day I was supposed to meet some friends for my first hearty breakfast there, I nearly missed it. That was because the cafe itself is tiny and surrounded by many other cafes along the Redcliffe sea-side strip.
After noticing my friends waving, I headed over to the outdoor seats on the walkway and was pleasantly surprised when I was approached by a waitress not long after I sat down with the menu, asking if I wanted to order a drink.
While we admired the glistening view of the ocean and the famous Redcliffe jetty, mixed in with voyeuristic comments about interesting passers-by and day-dreaming whilst wistfully staring at luxury cars, I ordered a hot chocolate ($3.50). It came in a tiny cup. The hot chocolate did taste really good with sweet sprinkles and foam at the top. I was disappointed that the portion was small because I was yearning for more.
One of my dining partners raved about the latte, which is a result of the delicate and skillful craftsmanship of their Italian maker. The breakfast prices were a bit cheaper than the other cafes in close proximity, and I ordered an eggs benedict wrap with smoked salmon wrapped in tortilla, drizzled with delicious hollandaise sauce and garnished with cherry tomatoes and baby spinach ($13.50). If you don't like tortilla wraps, you can order it with Turkish toast instead.
I thoroughly enjoyed my breakfast dish as I loved the hollandaise sauce and the way it complemented the smoked salmon and eggs benedict. The eggs were cooked well, with the yolk oozing out whilst it melted with the salmon and tortilla wrap. I thought the baby spinach and fresh cherry tomatoes gave it a refreshing touch and made the dish less heavy. The spinach and tomatoes went perfectly with the creamy hollandaise sauce, making me feel healthy even as I scooped up and licked every last rich, creamy drop.
One of my dining partners ordered the Steve's special ($14.50) which was supposed to be a highly nutritional healthy option including poached eggs, light smoked salmon, fresh tomato, avocado served with wholegrain cob loaf and a freshly cut orange. The combination looked good on the plate and was arranged artistically but according to my dining partner, it wasn't enough to satisfy their hunger pangs. I suppose that is the main purpose of the meal when ordering a low-fat healthy option. Indulgence and a huge portion would reduce the healthiness quota.
Another dining partner ordered the muesli served with fruit yoghurt, milk and freshly cut fruit. I looked into his bowl and noticed bananas and strawberries amongst the fruit options. He commented that he was satisfied by the dish but that he wished he had chosen a hot breakfast option as they looked so good. Having enjoyed my salmon and eggs benedict dish, I truly agreed with his comment.
Oasis cafe does not only serve breakfast, it also has lunch and dinner options. Its lunch menu includes delights like satay focaccias, which consist of toasted focaccia with grilled breast fillets cooked in satay sauce, onions and mushrooms with lettuce and chips.
Other lunch options include the traditional fisherman's basket with calamari, prawn cutlets, cocktail fish portions and scallops served with chips and fresh garden salad.
If you like your food with a touch of Mediterranean flavour but with the distinct touch of Aussie cuisine, drop by at 163 Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe. You can also call for bookings on 07 3283 1677.