A seaside paradise for foodies

Published 6:00am 2 September 2023

A seaside paradise for foodies
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

If you are in search of a cafe with Instagram worthy food options, look no further than Annie Lane Cafe on Bribie Island.

With waterfront views, gorgeous decor, and a mouth-watering all day brunch menu, Annie Lane is a popular spot for locals and tourists to sit back, relax, and enjoy a bite to eat.

Owner Candice Kiss says every dish that leaves the kitchen has been carefully prepared by the chefs to be a feast for both the eyes and the stomach.

“I believe we eat with our eyes first, which is why at Annie Lane I like to create fresh, tasty, colourful and out-of-the-box menu items you won’t find anywhere else,” Candice says.

“I like to push the boundaries and be super creative in the kitchen, so your plate is full of all the colours of the rainbow.

“Our customers love what we plate up because it’s not your typical meal – it’s full of enjoyment and surprises.”

Annie Lane first opened in 2019 and is Candice’s second café in the region. She also owns Gather and Feast in Caboolture.

Annie Lane is renowned on the island as the ‘brunch experts’, with the expansive menu featuring an array of classic options with Candice’s own twist on them, as well as some of her own signature dishes.

On the menu you will find the classics like bacon and eggs and their ever popular savoury mince, or for those more adventurous, their orchard fruits French toast, Middle Eastern Shakshuka or the very best scrambled eggs you've ever tasted finished with whipped ricotta, olive crumb and house made chorizo jam.

The menu also caters for vegetarians, vegans and those with a gluten intolerance.

Another popular menu item for sweet tooths and Instagram followers are Annie Lane’s loaded shakes – an enormous milkshake in a Mason jar crowned with an epic collection of toppings including biscuits, donuts, cake, lollies, marshmallows, fairy floss, fruit, cream and ice cream!

In some instances, Annie Lane’s crazy shakes have also included popular ice creams such as Bubble O’Bill and Calippos!

In addition to ordering from the menu, Annie Lane also has a display cabinet overflowing with quick grab-and-go items, as well as fresh scones, muffins, cakes, croissants, pastries and more - all made in-house.

If you’re looking to get your caffeine fix, Annie Lane brews an Organic Fairtrade Coffee called Leaf and Berry by Seven Miles Coffee Roasters.

Having been open to the public for four-and-a-half years, Candice has recently launched a new venture for diners to try called Twilight Tapas.

Twilight Tapas is held every Friday night from 4pm where the community can come in and enjoy small savoury dishes paired with boutique local cocktails, wine and whiskey.

“People can come in on a Friday afternoon and have a few drinks, eat some good food and watch the sunset,” Candice says.

“Again, I am focusing on local producers, so showcasing local distillers and brewers, like Laceys Hill Distilling Co and Scarborough Harbour Brewing Co.”

The tapas menu will change regularly, but people can try dishes like pork belly sliders with tamarind-siracha, mayo coriander and pickled veg, Arancini balls with braised lamb, lemon whipped ricotta and capsicum coulis, as well as Kimchi loaded sweet potato fried with Kimchi, kewpie, pickled chilli, coriander, sesame and shichimi – all of which have been designed to graze and share.

The delicious and colourful cocktails include a Moreton Haze made with Laceys Hill butterfly pea gin, lychee, lemon, mint, guava and tonic, plus a native lemon meringue martini.

Having worked in the hospitality industry since she was 16 and been a qualified chef ever since, Candice knows how important it is to provide a menu full of the freshest ingredients, which is why she collaborates with a number of farmers, growers and producers across Moreton Bay.

“I like to change the menu at Annie Lane every season and whenever I do, I make sure I am using as much local produce as I possibly can,” Annie says.

“I work and collaborate with 33 local growers, farmers and producers from across all of Moreton Bay.

“My mission is to celebrate the creativity of all things brunch, showcasing our local farmers and reducing food miles to create a sustainable approach to nourishing bellies.

“If I can help benefit someone else and we can lift each other up, I am all for it.”

Candice is also an ambassador of the Mini Farm Project and sponsors a farm bed at the Wamuran site.

“I believe it is important to give back whenever you can, and as I am a big fan of the Mini Farm Project, I am proud to lend my support,” Candice says.

“After being named as an Australian Women’s Small Business Finalist, I decided to give back to the community and fund a farm bed at the Mini Farm Wamuran, which provides fresh nourishing food for those in need.

“If you would like to know more about the Mini Farm Project, you can contact Nick from the project or pop in and have a cuppa with me to find out how you can help.”

The cafe also has a giving circle where the community can help contribute to providing 500,000 meals to people in need for as little as $3.70 per month.

Annie Lane is located at 5/1 Toorbul Street, Bongaree.


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