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Published June 12th 2018
A cafe to meet and mingle
Ollies Coffee appreciates that a stop at a cafe is about the quality of the food and beverage, as well as an important chance to meet and talk with others. The sign above the counter reads, "Coffee and Catchups". During a visit to the thriving Bulimba, I sought a quiet space from the flourishing buzz of busy Oxford Street for a chance to converse over my coffee with a friend. Ollies seemed like the obvious choice.
Ollies is located at the river end of Oxford Street and hides below street level at number 77. Look out for the peppermint, black and white palette and the entry courtyard on arrival. Take a couple of steps down into the outdoor courtyard at the front of the cafe and be greeted by outdoor umbrellas, pillow covered bench seating, soft pastel mint acapulco chairs and a perfectly manicured lawn of faux green grass, great for pups and kids. Yes, it is dog-friendly.
The cafe is also a favourite it seems among serious and not so serious bike riders who enjoy stopping off after a morning ride and mums groups who gather for a chat. Indoor seating is also available behind the counter.
Ollies has a standard range of coffees along with some fancy lattes - chai, turmeric, and even gingerbread. I wasn't bold enough for the gingerbread but enjoyed a well-brewed chai instead and a slice of hummingbird cake. Pouring starts from 5am during the weekdays and 6am on weekends. For regular visitors, Ollies offers a coffee loyalty program where customers are shouted a free coffee after purchasing 10.
The Standout The weekends offer a special treat where the team at Ollies fire up the barbeque and offer gourmet bacon and egg rolls with cheese and homemade tomato relish, on a seeded brioche bun. Gourmet meets the Australian backyard. I like it. The grill starts from 7am.