I had read mixed reviews about Coast 175 café at Ettalong, so I approach it with some trepidation. The selling point for me was they serve Campos Coffee! I love my coffee and I was looking for a nice strong cup with my breakfast. We decided to do a drive by before committing.
The outside of Coast 175 has a funky modern feel. Yellow and white striped awnings adorned the white façade and reminded me of sun umbrellas on the beach. The worn wooden outdoor tables and chairs were full of people enjoying breakfast. There was even a line more than a metre long outside the café door! Obviously this was a popular place, I began to wonder if we would even get a seat!
We made our way inside Coast 175 and found there was quite a lot of seating inside the café, and then more seating in the back garden and deck area. The quirky beachy theme was continued indoors with a distressed white and blue wooden surfboard mounted on the wall. There were fishing nets, abstract beach oil paintings and lots more white and rustic timber.
The atmosphere was relaxed and cosy. It was a hot morning but a lovely breeze flowed through the building. After finding a seat and perusing the menu we settled on our selections and made our way to the back of the line. The line still stretched out the café and onto the pavement. We weren’t in the least bit deterred by the queue as the meals leaving the kitchen looked delicious.
Despite the line up we were quickly ordering and returning to our table.
The Campos coffee I had been craving hit the mark. It was rich, strong and very welcome after some of the mediocre, milky ones I have had lately on the central coast. A feeling of relief washed over me. Now I knew where to come for good coffee!
Anais had wanted a freshly squeezed juice. There was a fantastic selection on the menu including a “Splice Juice” and the one she chose “Sunset Juice.” Her sunset juice was a combination of watermelon and pineapple juice with a little bit of mint. The juice was deliciously light and sweet. The separation of the juices did in fact look like a sunset.
Locky had ordered his usual, a chocolate milkshake. The milkshake was served in a cute little retro milk bottle. This may have been a little small for an adult but for a child it was the perfect size.
Brett’s drink choice was a little bit more surprising to me. He had ordered coconut water, which was served in the coconut. This is something he usually drinks when we travel through Asia, but we don’t often see it in Australia.
I asked, How’s the drink?”
He said, “It’s the best!” then he added “a meal and a drink in one!” He continued scooping the flesh from the coconut.
The children weren’t very hungry so we had ordered three meals to share. The first dish to arrive was the fruit salad with yoghurt. This is something Anais was particularly looking forward too. She is a little fruit bat! There was a good selection of fruit included in the bowl and the children enjoyed sharing it.
I had ordered the Zucchini, Corn and Ricotta Hotcakes. When my meal arrived the hotcakes were piled high with crispy bacon and watercress. The plate had also been liberally doused with a homemade, creamy roasted capsicum aioli.
The hotcakes were incredibly light and fluffy. The corn added a sweet crunch to the fritters and the bacon was the perfect pair with a salty finish.
Brett ‘s meal was also substantial. Piles of smoked salmon had been layered on perfectly soft poached eggs. These were both served on top of a homemade brioche. The brioche was so soft and indulgently rich and buttery. It was toasted which added a little crispiness to the dish. Tying the dish together was a serving of baby spinach and Coast’s Signature aioli.
All the meals were delicious. It is also nice to see that the meals and condiments are all made inhouse from food sourced on the central coast.
I cannot fault anything about our experience at Coast 175. Despite the place being constantly packed the drink order was out almost immediately and the food followed shortly afterwards.
Coast 175 was still buzzing as we left. It’s great to find such a nice breakfast spot on the Central Coast. As we drove away I noticed a few other cafes and restaurants in the Ettalong area which may also warrant a visit.
1/175 Ocean View Rd
Ettalong Beach, NSW 2257
Ph: 02 4341 8080