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Published April 3rd 2014
Sunflowers welcome you at the gate at Valentina Cafe
This little cafe is situated just off busy Samford Road in Mitchelton. The quaint worker's cottage has been very cleverly renovated to take advantage of available space and has real street appeal. On the day that my friends and I visited, the sunflowers planted against the white picket fence were just about bursting into bloom, so it will be looking very cheerful once they flower. You can choose to eat inside or outside on the deck. Brightly coloured cushions are hanging strategically on hooks, for those who need a little extra padding on their timber seats. Whilst the range of cakes and slices was rather limited, I did enjoy my caramel tart and coffee. My friends both ordered the avocado and feta on toast which definitely got the thumbs up from the girls.
It was a hot day and we lingered long enough to need a second round of drinks and both the mango smoothie and the lychee and lime frappe were delicious. Service here was good and friendly and our food and drinks were delivered promptly. We watched with envy as lunches started rolling out of the kitchen but we'd had our fill so guess we'll just have to return to sample their lunch menu. Everything looked delicious and smelt great.
Added to the appeal of Valentina is evidence of some good recycling on the side fence. Two litre plastic cordial bottles have been upcycled to make nifty planters that have been filled with marigolds and herbs. A veggie patch in the side yard boasts a very healthy crop of corn - soon to be high as an elephant's eye. If you're looking for somewhere a little different, why not give this small cafe a go? If you're considering trying out the lunch menu, I'd advise you to make a booking as business was brisk over the lunch period. Limited parking is available behind the café, otherwise street parking is plentiful.
Tried this cafe today. My lunch mate said the beef burger was great and the coffee was tops. I had meatballs and couscous with yoghurt dressing and a mango frappe, both good too. It has a nice relaxed vibe, which we liked.