Cafe Aqua – Coffs Harbour
Cafe Aqua – Coffs Harbour

Cafe Aqua – Coffs Harbour

Cafe Aqua has a new menu, new owners and a totally new vibe!

When I say “new” the boys have had the cafe for over a year now but it is new for me, and I am one happy camper.

Cafe Aqua Barista Extraordinaire

Cafe Aqua Barista Extraordinaire

Mr GG and I decided to sneak away from work for a relaxing lunch and chose Cafe Aqua as the venue. We were in for a very pleasant surprise. The first clue that things may have changed was the decor, the cafe has been given a much deserved revamp. I love the rustic, beach chic look, it works well in this old cottage located across from Park Beach, a popular spot with board riders.

Cafe Aqua Interior

Cafe Aqua Interior

Even though I don’t usually have coffee after breakfast I really felt like I could use a lift, I had also noticed they serve Paul Bassett coffee so I ordered my usual skinny cappuccino in a mug.

I was so pleased I had! It was a lovely strong coffee, with just the right amount of creamy milk to caffeine boost, not at all bitter and exactly what I need to get my energy levels up again.

Cappuccino Cafe Aqua - Coffs Harbur

Cappuccino Cafe Aqua – Coffs Harbur

At the risk of sounding like a very boring and predictable couple Brett ordered his usual banana smoothie. If you are a regularly reader you will know that he has an obsession with Banana Smoothies. He is my resident expert on the subject, in his own words it was “wow!!!” …and gone in just a few quick gulps.  I wasn’t even offered a sip!  I had to slurp noisily with the straw to get the bottom dregs just so I could confirm to readers that it was indeed, real banana, sweet, creamy and thick.

Banana Smoothie

Banana Smoothie

Reading through the menu gave the next hint that things had changed.  Both hubby and I were having a hard time narrowing down our choices.  There were so many delicious items on the menu and specials board that it seemed an impossible task to just choose one.

Eventually husband settled on the Hippy burger with fat crispy fried chips, seasoned with a gourmet salt and pepper blend. The hippy burger was a mix of grated and smashed vegetabes with ginger, garlic and other Asian flavours combined to form a soft burger patty.  The patty was then grilled and served with salad on a toasted Turkish bread with a tasty roast capsicum salsa. The piece de resistance was the creamy lime and cumin aoli which was deliciously tangy and garlicky and served on the side.

Hippy Burger & Fatboy Fries

Hippy Burger & Fatboy Fries

I chose an item from the specials board, the Salt and Pepper Squid with Asian Style Salad and Caramelised Lime. Just take a look at the crispy, salty, deepfried goodness on my plate. The squid is surrounded by a super sweet and sticky Beetroot Jus with goes perfectly with the tangy Asian styles salad of carrot, sprouts and coriander.

Such an explosion of flavours!

Delicious!

Salt and Pepper Squid Salad LR

Salt and Pepper Squid Salad LR

With lunch complete I didn’t feel that I was quite finished.  I knew there was a tiny little bit of tummy space left, and some homemade cakes inside the cafe. I decided to go for a wander and see if something took my fancy. Behold the giant wedge of carrot cake!

Homemade Carrot Cake

Homemade Carrot Cake

I couldn’t resist a big wedge of homemade carrot cake with thick lush cream cheese icing over a soft, moist cake. I loved the hint of cinnamon and the crunchy walnuts. This is when I learned that Anthony and Marcus took over the cafe over twelve months ago and Anthony bakes a lot of the cakes for the cafe. It is always a treat to find house made sweet treats on the menu, personally I am not tempted by commercially prepared desserts.

Muffin Stand & Friand Stand

Muffin Stand & Friand Stand

While I was chatting to the guys I was also told that the art on the walls came from photographic images captured in Bangladesh. The picture below was taken of the side of a bus.  If you look carefully you can see chipped paint and dirty splatter.  More of this style of image is displayed around the cafe.

Art Print and Cafe Aqua Logo

Art Print and Cafe Aqua Logo

The new proprietors have brought more than a breath of fresh air to Cafe Aqua. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and welcoming and the food is delicious .

I will be back for more!

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Cafe Aqua

57 Ocean Pde, Coffs Harbour

www.cafeaqua.com.au

 

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  1. The titles of the menu items are making me giggle. I imagine the Hippie Burgers and Fat Boy Fries would bring a smile to my face, too. So cute that you were only able to taste the bottom of the banana smoothie…Think your hubby would like Japan as there are many banana-based sweets and shakes =)

  2. Both the burger and salt and pepper squid look exquisite! I love places that offer homemade desserts instead of frozen, store-bought ones (they are definitely few and far between these days)

  3. Love that art work! Very imaginative. Sounds like a great place – lucky you get to go there! Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. What a great find Julie! You’re always finding the best of the area aren’t you! 😀

  5. The cake looks awesome! I am so hungry now I am off to snack 😉

  6. I have eaten at Café Aqua a few times and have been soooo impressed! The coffee is totally amazing – Barista Extraordinaire is spot on! – and I have the same trouble choosing a meal each time I visit. Everything is just that little bit off-beat original and utterly delicious. And such friendly staff 🙂

  7. Is it bad that I’m distracted by all that fine weathered wood panelling and am thinking how I can steal a plank so that I can photograph my food?

  8. that carrot cake sounds amazing!

  9. What a lovely cafe – but perhaps even more so, what a lovely mid-week lunch for you and your partner! The dishes look gorgeous, and your drinks were clearly excellent 🙂

  10. Ooooh love the Hippy Burger and the Squid salad!!Sure sounds like a great cafe :)You lucky girl!!!

  11. Great sounding cafe. Good on you for having a date lunch!. You always know its a positive sign when its hard to choose what you want from the many choices. That carrot cake looks amazing

  12. Haha, I love the name of that burger and fries combo – excellent 🙂 Sounds really nice though – I’m loving the sound of that burger… very fancy and I bet it was wonderful. That carrot cake though – oh my!

  13. I was fortunate enough to visit Coffs Harbour in July 2012 – I managed to stumble across this quaint little cafe in Park Beach by sheer chance. Was I lucky I did – the breakfasts I had there were absolutely delish! Day 2 saw me having Belgian Waffles with banana and butterscotch sauce, house muesli with poached seasonal fruit, Greek yoghurt and milk on day 3 and Eggs Benedict with asparagus, salmon and mushrooms on thick cut toast on the final day – all dishes served with a pot of tea. Ant and Marcus have a great selection of amazing food – freshly made when you order and arrives within 15 minutes of you ordering

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