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Table 26, Westfield Carindale

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Published January 13th 2021
Eat, Drink, Love Life
If you need to rest and revitalise after a spot of retail therapy, a seat at Table 26 might just be the place. Table 26 is one of several indoor coffee shop/cafes in Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre but brings a fresh style and decor to the eatery options.

The story of the origins of Table 26 appears on a printed board at the side of the cafe and traces its conception and opening in June 2019. It tells how the cafe is named in honour of the owner, Amit Maharaj's father, who has since passed away but whose birthday fell on the day of the 26th.

His father lived by the words "eat, drink, love life" so this simple but pertinent philosophy underpins the approach of the cafe and appears throughout the signage of the cafe.

Amit has also permanently reserved Table 26 in honour of his father. It is lovely to understand and appreciate the history and sentiment of the cafe which provides a backbone to the business and which flows through its day to day operations from owners to customers. Such a nice touch.

The Café is also known more informally as T26.

The Standout
The standout of Table 26 for me is the cafe's unique layout and design. The cafe features two purpose-built black atriums which provide the centrepieces for the shop. One is designed for the adults as a private seating/eat-in area. A veraciously climbing "Devil's Ivy" plant is curling around the top of the structure from planter boxes bringing the outdoors in. This sits above a layer of heavy woven rope along the bottom. Twinkle lights illuminate the frame. It makes it interesting, private and a talking point while selecting your food order.

The other atrium has been designed specially as a children's play area and is called T26 kids. It replicates the black style of the adults' space but has an assortment of children's toys (including a very cheeky monkey) along the roofline.

So, the children can be amused while the adults enjoy a bite to eat and catch-up. In the past, it has even hosted free Halloween kids face painting.

Fun times at T26 Kids Photo courtesy Table 26 facebook page

What's on the Menu
Now for the food. Table 26 serves breakfast, lunch and light snacks including toasties, pizzas, and burgers. There is also a cold cabinet with light bites such as fluffy croissants, scones with jam and cream, banana bread and more.

Some of the names of the dishes are a lot of fun and include:

  • Drunken Nemo Fish of the Day $19.90

  • Sandcrab Omelette $21.00

  • Pizzageddon

  • Juan in A Million Burrito

  • Gardener's Breakfast with eggs, mushrooms, tomato and more

    I was not expecting this range or variety for a cafe of its size or dare I say location. Table 26 serves Campos Coffee.

    Gardener's Breakfast Bowl Photo Courtesy table 26 facebook page

    I enjoyed my stop at Table 26. The service was friendly and the food was enjoyable. It definitely feels like a private, intimate, friendly neighbourhood cafe with attention to detail adding to the comfort of the dining experience. For a minute, I forgot that I was even in a shopping centre.

    Table 26 is located at Kiosk 201, Westfield Carindale, 1151 Creek Rd, Carindale and is open 7 days. Carindale Shopping Centre is part of the Westfield chain offering a range of fashion, entertainment, dining and wellbeing shopping experiences.

    Carindale is situated 10 kilometres east of the Brisbane CBD. The centre includes paid car parking facilities.
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    Why? Atrium cafe in Westfield Carindale
    When: Thursday 8am–6pm Friday 8am–4pm Saturday 8am–4pm Sunday 8:30am–4pm Monday 8am–3pm Tuesday 8am–3pm Wednesday 8am–3pm
    Phone: (07) 3395 3495
    Where: Kiosk 201, Westfield Carindale, 1151 Creek Rd, Carindale QLD 4152
    Cost: Moderate
    Your Comment
    I like cafes with different names. Café 26 looks nice with its décor. I also like cafes serving lunch with a range of light meals rather that a huge one.
    by Neil Follett (score: 3|1425) 8 days ago
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