Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published September 16th 2012
Good food and coffee in a nice, relaxing atmosphere
When tourist think Sunshine Coast, they think of Mooloolaba . It's an internationally renowned location for a good reason – sun, surf and sand. Of course, what good is hitting up one of the most beautiful locations in the region unless you have somewhere close by to eat and drink that matches your expectations. This is where Olivers Café on the Mooloolaba Esplanade comes in.
This delightful find was still so close to the beach you can almost hear the waves crashing. My partner and I stumbled across Olivers during a walk down the esplanade one weekend recently. For a place thriving with cafes this one just stood out to us – it just seemed very inviting. We grabbed a chair and were served immediately.
Great little atmosphere here at this Mooloolaba cafe
It was breakfast time and the menu looked like it had it all covered. I opted for the two poached eggs on toast ($7.50) with added extra hash brown and a roasted tomato (Extras-$3 each). My partner went for the Vegetarian options – poached eggs, spinach, roast tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms on toast ($13.50). For coffee I opted for the cappuccino and my partner the espresso.
two poached eggs on toast ($7.50) with added extra hash brown and a roasted tomato (Extras-$3 each)
Breakfast and the coffee were good, but not great. I think I was attracted to the atmosphere here more than anything else. That's not to say the food wasn't enjoyable, because it was. It left me full but it was just missing that little bit extra to make the dining experience complete. Nevertheless, we stayed and enjoyed the surrounds – I just love sitting and relaxing as everyone else rushes by me on a weekend morning.
The vegetarian option – poached eggs, spinach, roast tomatoes and sauteed mushrooms on toast ($13.50)
As I went up to pay for breakfast I noticed the cakes in the window – now that could have been what was missing from earlier. I can't remember the last time I even had a lemon curd tart, but my mouth was salivating with the thought of it after I laid my eyes on it.
Like I said, Olivers Café was good but not great. The staff were very friendly and attentive which was a plus, and everyone else in the café seemed to be enjoying their meals, drinks and their time. It's got a great spot, good food at a reasonable price, and it's enough to bring me back sometime in the future.