Hailing from a chef background, new owner Chris and his wife Rio have reopened the Mill Creek Café in Dayboro. Previously of another name and originally built in 1929, the building is an older style wooden house of tongue and groove walls and high ceilings with a history of being occupied by a bootmaker, a chemist, residential living and cafes.
Currently offering breakfast and lunch with a view in a few weeks to being open for dinner, the Mill Creek Café gives patrons the choice of sitting upstairs or down. A path meanders around the side of the building to tables and chairs in a courtyard area and there is also seating at the front facing the street – some tables are covered for the hot summer days. Stairs lead up behind the front counter to an airy side verandah and lounge which overlooks William Street and the creek below.
Chris and Rio have put their hearts into the furnishings upstairs with Chris having made the tables and Rio using her creative skills to cover the chair cushions. The furniture is in keeping with the country style and age of the building. Have you ever wondered what to do with left over wine corks? Well, Rio has found just the idea with gluing several together and creating simple yet unique table number stands.
I scheduled my visit to coincide with breakfast as a healthy choice is the best way to kick start any day. Simplistically I chose the “Traditional Bacon and Eggs Your Way” and as I do not like runny eggs, I asked for my eggs to be flipped over. As this order is usually complimented with baby spinach and toasted Turkish Bread, the choice of gluten free bread was my option. My eggs were just to my liking and there was an excellent serving of bacon which made my protein meal quite filling right through to lunch. Additions such as Mushrooms, Hash, Avocado, Chorizo, extra Eggs and Bacon can be added at a small additional cost. Breakfast prices start at around $14.00 and if you are a late riser, don’t worry as the Mill Creek Café caters for all day breakfasts.
Lunch options include Beef Burgers, Fish Tacos, Ploughman’s Platter or sandwiches with marinated Dukkah Chicken. All cakes and biscuits are freshly baked on site and the shortbread biscuits in the display cabinet looked like they would certainly melt in your mouth. Our Doggy friends are not forgotten either with puppy cino’s and dog biscuits made in house. The Mill Creek Café can cater for birthdays and functions, although it is best to book prior if your numbers are large.
Unique to the Mill Creek Café is a cold drop coffee which I had the pleasure of tasting. I am by no means a coffee connoisseur but this drop took my breath away with an exquisite lingering taste. So, on those hot summer days you can still get a pick-me-up with coffee and ice. The Mill Creek Café change the blend monthly and this month is the Cerro Campania from Peru. It is a very smooth blend of milk chocolate, sultana, red apple and syrupy apricot nectar combining into a very palatable taste as it slides down your throat. Chris told me that the beans from these coffee growers are dried on the trees which make it a rare and involved process compared to the production of other coffee beans. It takes eight hours to drip through to fill eight glasses of coffee and a glass will cost you $5.50 and a much worthy drop.
Why not make your next meal at the Mill Creek Café and enjoy all they have to offer?
Opening Hours: 7 days a week: 6:30am – 4:00pm
Address: 12 Williams Street, Dayboro, Queensland,
Phone: (07) 3425 1825