Forty West Cafe – Ripley


Enticing comfortable couches overlook the even more enticing playground.   Sit back, chill and relax whilst the little ones release some of that seemingly endless supply of energy.

We recently stopped by here for breakfast and were impressed with the setting, food, plus very friendly staff.   If you’re not particularly child orientated, visit early in the morning, we were among the first for breakfast which gave us a very tranquil relaxed start to the day.


Its not a huge breakfast menu, but then I dont believe you need one if you can have something covering most tastes.  

Hubby was very keen on the bubble and squeak, adding a side of cheese kransky.  Hes still talking about this meal, so definitely this dish was a winner!   Food here was fresh and tasty.   Presentation of this dish had the bubble n squeak tucked underneath the juicy sausages and fresh eggs.


A reasonable selection of drinks too, the nice touch for me being the mint fusion tea which was tea leaves and not tea bags.    For later in the day, alcoholic drinks are on offer as well.


Avocado & feta smash with a side of deliciously juicy mushrooms made for a very pleasant start to the day.

Thank you to the friendly staff here,  Even a staff member coming in to start their shift, took the time to chat on the way past.    Turning on the outside heaters was no problem at all and offered to us as soon as we arrived.

Take the time to stop by, either with the children or just to kick back and relax.  Enjoy!

Bribe Island – South East Queensland

Brisbane winter weather can be absolutely stunning.  Beautiful clear warm days without the summer humidity, lend themselves to exploring the great outdoors.

On this particular recent winter day, a visit to this interesting piece of beauty, seeped in history, was a most enjoyable experience. Here you could feel the light breeze, soak up the stunning scenery and explore the different areas dotted across the island. Since 1963, when the bridge was built to connect Bribie with the mainland, accessing the island became an easy drive for Brisbane and surrounding area residents.

We found a meandering little walkway. siting between some lucky residences and a bird sanctuary.   A couple of hides had been built along the way to enable you to spend sometime viewing the different bird species as they mingled near the waters edge.

At the end of the track lies a waterway giving local residents access to the bay.  Sun rays danced across the glistening blue water,, highlighting the moving reflections stretched across the mirroring water.

Explore the different areas across the island, there is plenty to see and do.  A number of  cafes and other venues, leave you plenty of choice to enjoy a relaxing bite to eat.

On this occasion, we stopped by the Blue Anchorage, situated near the jetty, for a pleasant lunch.

With a choice of inside, outside dining and table service, the venue was a lovely place to wile away some time,

Enjoy your visit to Bribie Island, its an easy drive from Brisbane.  In fact from Northside you will do this in well under an hour.  Always nice to visit on on a weekday as weekends can be busy out here, with everyone trying to enjoy a slice of heaven on earth.

Carseldine Roadhouse

An impromptu visit to the Carseldine Roadhouse recently, was in no way disappointing.  Part of the Caltex complex on Gympie Road, the final Brisbane service station stop on the main road out of the city heading north, 

Enjoy the Roadhouse restaurant atmosphere here, whilst you maintain expectancy to indulge in a good hearty meal.


Dropping in for breakfast, the simple all day menu still gave enough choice for us both to enjoy a meal.  Staff were friendly and efficient, with not too much of a wait before meals were delivered to the solid wooden table.  

Bursting with flavour, the Italian omelette was my choice today.  Certainly a bigger meal than expected and not one that would leave you hungry afterwards.   


Hubby’s choice was the Grill breakfast with an added extra or two.  The only problem he had was making his way to the end! 

All food was fresh and nicely cooked, without being overdone or tough.   It was a pleasant start to the day,  partaking of the good quality food at the Roadhouse.

Open 7 days with other meal choices available, and some specials available, stop in before you leave Brisbane, or just drop by if you’re in the area looking for a reasonably priced hearty meal.  We were told Thursdays have good specials šŸ‘.  We will have to check that out sometime.


And those large cups on the menu are exactly what they say!

Lakeview and Mandys on the Mountain Restaurants, Mecure Clear Mountain

Beautifully located on the side of Clear Mountain, with incredible vistas to the side and front, you will find the Mecure Clear Mountain Resort.   Two restaurants are onsite.  One being the general Lakeview restaurant boasting a wide wrap around verandah area giving you a choice of indoor or outdoor dining.

The second is the adults only dinner restaurant Mandy’s on the Moutain.  Menus are similar and simplistic, in a good way.  We enjoyed a lunch at Lakeview on a balmy weekend day, followed by an intimate dinner at Mandy’s, with a backdrop of wine, and nightcaps on the balcony overlooking the evertwinkling Brisbane & surounds lights.

This soft shell tempura crab lunch special, was incredibly soft, with the light tempura giving some crispness to the dish.  Presentation was superb.

Pairing well with the stuffed jalapeƱo dish and delightful platter, lunch was most enjoyable.


With lunch definitely not disappointing, we were left wondering what delights would be in store for this evenings meal at Mandy’s..  

We had a lovely conversation with new restaurant managerduring lunch.  Interesting  to see new staff learning the ropes.  Certainly no complaints from us regarding staff, everyone we came across was friendly and helpful.

Natural oysters displayed on a bed of salt with crisp lime slices,  provided that wonderful raw seafood flavour to the tastebuds.  They were also a perfect starter to our dinner at Mandy’s on the Mountain.Crispy duck was my dinner choice.  Never have I eaten such a delectably soft duck.  With a crunch on the outside, the inside meat simply fell apart and melted in the mouth.Hubby declared his bangers and mash to be superb.  Apparently a very enjoyable dish.Why not finish with a dessert?  This tiramisu with pistachio ice cream, finished off hubby’s meal with that taste of sweet, but not too sweet.  Again service here was superb.

There is no doubt we will be going back to either of these restaurants. To combine this wonderful food, with the atmosphere, views and service, why would we not return!  Look forward to our next visit.

Dragonfly Restaurant – Eden Gardens Carseldine

Situated on the busy corner intersection connecting Beams & Gympie Roads, lies the Eden Gardens. Browse the gardening, landscape and homewares or treat yourself to meal or drink break at the Dragonfly Restaurant.

Local wildlife enjoy the comfortable safe environment, which adds to your relaxing entertainment for the duration of your stay.

Today’s choice for lunch was two of the delectably described salads.   Once you have selected your meals and or drinks, head up to the counter for pay & order.     

The first meal delivered by a very pleasant staff member, was the Avocado Caesar which not only looked superb, but I’m told was most enjoyable.Choosing the Pork Belly salad I was not disappointed.  Juicy pork belly, married beautifully with the soft, slippery noodles and combination salad.   


A very enjoyable meal, nice fresh food and beautiful setting.  Certainly a lovely place to enjoy lunch.

With an intriguing selection of cakes and desserts as well as cold drinks and coffees, you are likely to find something nice here to treat yourself.   Enjoy!

Tide Wine Bar – Manly, Brisbane

What better way to spend a fabulous Queensland Sunday morning, than with a drive to the Wynum/Manly area.   As the temperatures soar around Brisbane, there is nothing nicer than a cooling sea breeze.

Fluffy clouds framed the marina, whilst a multitude of yacht masts pierced the blue skies.  Reflections, beautiful vistas and a general feeling of calm, were wall great ingredients towards a relaxing breakfast.

Recently reopened under new ownership, they had a busy morning on their hands.  Staff though were pleasant throughout delivering food and drinks to the table once you had placed and paid for your order at the bar.   The wine list looked enticing, but this was brekky, so give it a miss and lets check out the brekky menu.


A nice variety to choose from, with extras at reasonable prices to add on.   My choice today was the Avocado on Sourdough, with the addition of mushrooms, tomato and haloumi.

Not only an impressive looking meal, but the taste was superb.  Big juicy field mushrooms paired with the softest grilled haloumi I think I have ever enjoyed.  Mixing this with the smashed avocado on sourdough was a devine breakfast.

I must mention the tea.  WIth a very limited choice on the menu,  my intention was green tea, until I spotted the Selection of teas behind the bar.  Ah, now we are happy!  For the non-coffee drinkers out there, check the tins behind the bar, they do have a nice tea selection.

Hubbys choice today was the King tide breakfast.

As the meal was devoured, you could tell it was enjoyed.  The only comment being, it could have been a little hotter.  However though freshness, taste and presentation made up for this on what was obviously a very busy morning.


Plenty of seating throughout, and to be honest, this area looked very inviting for one of those lingering launches.   The sun in the morning was intense in areas, until it lifted over the roof.  That was only due to the ongoing queensland heat though.   Breath’s of sea breeze wafted through the area irregularly, giving patrons a lovely cooling break from the heat.   

What can be more calming than sea breezes and a myriad of masts.   With a beautiful location the potential for this businesses expansion  must be high.  Take the time to drive through the area, stop at the marina, check out the Sunday markets and relax.   

Visit the Tide Wine bar, I have a feeling you’re going to like it.

Lock’n’Load Bistro – West End Brisbane

Nestled in amongst a group of shops, sporting a timber frontage which gives a Wild West style look, sits Lock n Load bistro. From the street, this place does look small. Once you enter the front door, you can follow through to the sign as you wait to be seated. We were the first on site for Sunday brekky which resulted in us being led through to the back area. Now you are surprised to find the dim timber inside area open into a welcoming undercover outdoor setting.

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Interesting ornamental features are scattered throughout the plantings framing the area. To find this niche of nature tucked away in a busy area near the city, is most certainly pleasing.

A lot of thought has been put into the overall menu, including style and names. For example an eggs benedict becomes green eggs and ham, boasting crisp pancetta with farm fresh eggs and lemon scented spinach, set on sourdough toast. A big breakfast was renamed Fully Loaded, which it was! This one even included drunken beans!

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The vege loaded was my choice which had an interesting mix including crispy corn fritters. Overall very tasty, enjoyable, not too spicy, to be honest much to my taste. The last dish was spicy frittata, which was also a very large dish, although I’m told it was not all that spicy.

Deciding to try a dessert to finish breakfast was a brave move. These ricotta hotcakes were huge. Topped with berries, marscapone & pecan praline and cherry compote, this breakfast dessert was a massive undertaking, two of them being shared at the table.

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Even with a struggle to the finish, this final dish was definitely worthwhile and declared very enjoyable by all.

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Check the menu for this restaurant. It is worth a look. They advertise lunch, dinner and music as well. This certainly would be a picturesque place to enjoy a lazy lunch or wile away some time over dinner.

Service was good, even with the absence of the bar person for the morning, who showed up late. We were informed of this though and told by our waitperson that she would do the best she could with drinks order. To her credit, all the drinks and meals were delivered in a timely manner, perhaps the coffees could have been a bit warmer. But the offer was there to have these changed if we wanted- we didn’t. Well done though, overall we were happy with our visit and this is a place we would return to.

Sunday Brekky

Awesome location in Chermside with a simple breakfast menu. Great food, service and nice to be sitting outside, under cover. Ā  QuIet too, especially first thing on a Sunday morning. Ā Open 8-11am for Saturday & Sunday breakfast.

Love the Mushroom Ciabatta. Ā Prices average $7-$15 and for this you will receive a hearty breakfast.

I’m told by hubby, this venue has the best caramel latte in Brisbane he has so far tasted. Well done to the staff, especially Alana, we do enjoy a relaxing Sunday breakfast at Chermside Tavern.