How lucky am I to have found another cosy café with great coffee and fabulous food in the Southern suburbs. Just seconds off North Lake Rd between Leach H’Way and South Street, you could be forgiven for not knowing this gem existed. But rest assured it is worth popping in and enjoying a little bit of “Mediterranean” ambiance.
Courtesy Little Olive Leaf CafeThe exterior signage is attractive with some seating out front so that if you arrive with your fur buddy you can still enjoy a coffee and treat. Plenty of parking and extra parking across the road in the Carawatha Playground and Nature Park which is one of the nicest parks I have come across for all ages and mobilities. Also great for the fur buddy to have a romp after you have indulged yourself.
Courtesy Little Olive Leaf CafeThe interior has fairly simple seating areas in the shop though if one sits there you can drool over the showcase of wonderful food. There is a good range of healthy, vegetarian, gluten free and a little bit wicked to choose from.
Courtesy Little Olive Leaf CafeThe staff were welcoming and once I had made my decisions they suggested I might like to sit in the garden area out back.Wow…. What a wonderful surprise. This little shady backyard garden covered by trellises of leafy vines complete with bunches of grapes (which you are allowed to taste) just oozes peace and tranquillity. Under the dappled greenery there are plenty of little nooks and crannies to sit in and everyone seemed to just blend into the background. Further out the back is a small cute play area for children and while I was there at one point there were six littlies playing and I really didn’t know they were there. I think they were under the magic spell of the garden.
Courtesy Little Olive Leaf CafeMy coffee and wicked gluten free slice were both delicious. I was pleasantly surprised that the coffee was tasty, hot and good. The atmosphere was so relaxing I just didn’t want to leave. So I had a second coffee (don’t tell anyone!).
The light lunches and salads being served to other patrons looked colourful and vibrant and all plates that I could see were absolutely empty when going back to the kitchen. Enough said.
The prices are very reasonable and my coffee & cake were cheaper than anything I have had for a long time. I am going back to try some lunch next week.
Their amenities located between the café and garden are well kept and include a change table.
Overall I had a very pleasant time and my only regret is that it is not closer to my suburb but I think I will find plenty of excuses to be in the Willagee area.
Where: 7 Archibald Street
Contact: (08) 9337 4286
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