In the early morning light, the veranda beckons you enter Wendland Fine Foods to be comforted by subtle coffee aromas. Genuine warmth and welcome are the hallmarks of service delivered by proprietor Karsten Wendland and his dedicated staff. You're assured of free gifts of smiles brought on by Karsten's eccentricity and humour. Add to that, delicious food choices from the cabinet and deli and you'll feel you've found a new, European-flavoured home. Discerning clientele derive their morning coffee kick and take their time over cabinet delicacies and conversation.
Wendland Fine Foods has been expanded with a more open and slightly futuristic room with group tables, adjacent to the original smaller space. Mostly bench seating in the counter area. There's time to get to know what goals your children have for the future or just to listen to their thoughts. Scrumptious food and coffee that you don't want to hurry over. Many regular customers are known by name. Service sometimes delivered with a joke or two or even by the chef amidst the final stir of a dish. Talk about hot and fresh. There's a French hint in the stripy tops of the wait staff. A little contemporary art adorns the walls.
Coffee in a cup is $1 less than other cafes in Toowoomba. Cappuccino topped with chocolate and carob, creating a flavoursome difference. Macchiatos are strong with a tad of milky froth. Hot chocolate weather is getting closer and this cosy café is the place to snuggle up to your cup. Invent your own coffee combo, no trouble.
Loose leaf teas by Tea Tonic: Berry Green, Earl Grey, Glew Tea, Australiana made with eucalyptus, sage and lemon myrtle. For iced caffeine delights with ice cream or gelati. Phoenix exotic fruit juices and mineral water are other cold options.
The glory is in the details at Wendland Fine Foods. The final gourmet touches are what makes their selections just that bit more special. Citrus Tart bears a swirl of passionfruit, Brownies wear a hat of luscious spiced pear, small cakes are set off by shreds of zest. If you fancy a small bite of chocolate with your coffee there are single Belgian chocolates.
Goods baked fresh daily. Cake choices change constantly. This day, Apple Tea Cake was my indulgence. Loads of chunky apple, not too sweet, crunchy almond flakes, a slight crisp of sugar on the base. The Pear and Chocolate cake looked scrumptious. Cream on the side is thickened cream poured from a little jug.
Deli cabinet choices ever changing. Today it was Lasagne, delicious salads, Chicken Chasseur, Spicy Pork Sausage Rolls, Cornish Pasties, Beef and Red Wine Pies, Duck and Mushroom Pies.
At very reasonable prices, breakfast: Bircher Muesli with Yoghurt, Sourdough Toast with Jam and Butter, Raisin Toast, Croissant, Bagel plain or with Goat's Curd and Butter, GF Rice and Pumpkin Toast, Muffins, Bacon and Egg Turkish Roll with Swiss Cheese and BBQ Sauce, Eggs with Sourdough and toppings by choice. Ham, eggs, bacon, selection of cold meats, served in a wide variety of styles. Totally spoiled for choice.
Cheese is the piquant forte at Wendland Fine Foods. Warning - once sampled, you will want to purchase something heavenly. French Brie, Spanish Garrotxa Goat, Mona Lisa, Dutch Goat's Cheese, Percorino Romarlo, UK Barber's Vintage Cheddar, Ubriaco Al Prosecco, Grana Padano and more. Plus Brillat Savarin Truffle and Duck, Cranberry and Lime Pate.
Also add to your pantry, conserves fabric-topped and string-tied, Labna, Halloumi, beetroot juice, fish stock, Swiss Style Mayonnaise, butterscotch, rolada, Bummo Linguine, Vital Nougat, salted butter caramels with sea salt from Guerande, mint-choc sticks and assorted chutneys and relishes.
Breads: Como Vienna, 100% Rye, Bauernbrot, Sourdough Cob, Italian pane, Olive & Rosemary, Peasant Loaf, Spelt, Fig & Pistachio, Turkish Bread and others. Several GF choices.
A beautiful olive tree beside the veranda provides a hint of the Mediterranean. Proprietors Karsten and Angela Wendland began the deli ten years ago as Wendland Olives. Moved to Australia years hence, the Wendlands enhance Toowoomba with their expertise and charming personalities.
Handy to popular tourist stops Cobb & Co Museum and Queens Park. Limited parking on site, easy street parking in Mary Street.
Guaranteed to be a successful meeting place now that larger tables are available. Come in and de-stress with friends and family. Or relax alone listening to perhaps 30s Jazz. Discover your new favourite café and deli-love this Sunday brunch.
The humble but beautiful olive tree guides you to the door.