Sunday, November 25, 2012

garden 2 plate

On the fringe of Bouddi National Park, just across from the water, is a somewhat simple cafe complete with open verandah and abundant herb garden. Garden 2 Plate beckons with its back-to-basics food; locally grown at just-around-the-corner Green Gate Farm. 

Dictated by seasonal produce, the small yet enticing vegetarian menu changes daily. Expect bagels, burgers and sourdough, an array of organic fresh veg and homemade accompaniments. If you're a keen gardener you can take home herb seeds left by local green-thumbs and if you're just interested in the coffee, well, it's definitely worth the visit. 

Garden 2 Plate is just what the coast needed; an authentic, rustic cafe with the very best of food intentions.

Design aesthetic: overgrown village shack   Coffee: locally sourced, strong, superb

Sydneysiders....Garden 2 Plate is only 20 minutes from Palm Beach (by ferry) - the perfect family outing. I highly recommend the quesadilla with beans, cheese and spinach, salsa, sourcream and jalapenos (and a side of organic greens from the garden). 


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  1. Sounds great! One day we're going to head up to eat our way through the coast - Rojo Rocket is also on the list x

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    1. It won't take you long....the coast is definitely lacking in good places to eat, unfortunately x

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  2. A good friend of mine recommended this a while back, then I kind of forgot ... thanks for the reminder Jodi we will be sure to make a trip ...
    like you say, very needed !!!

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  3. Looks like a perfect weekend brunch place.

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  4. Once again your words and images make me want to be there instantly. If i'm ever in your part of the world i have so many places i want to check out.
    I must also ask how you get such rich, deep colours in your photos? Mine always look so washed out. I'm still learning though..... back to the drawing board! Do you edit in Photoshop or anything?

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    1. Sometimes I edit in photoshop - but only if the image is a little washed out and I want to add contrast. If you're shooting manual turn the white balance to cloudy when you're outside - it gives the image a warmer tone. Often I shoot one stop under, slightly under-exposed. The light on the day will determine how you shoot but if you're images are washed out it's probably because they're overexposed x

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  5. Looks like I need to plan a quick visit to the central coast. A wander though Bouddi National Park followed by lunch at this cafe sounds like a ideal way to spend a Sunday. Thanks for sharing Jodi.

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  6. everything here looks totally delicious!
    kw, Ladies in Navy

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  7. I can't get over the menu special, yum!

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  8. I'll have to convince hubby to check it out with me this week, it looks like a lovely place for a child friendly date. I love finding gems like this so close to home, i would never have known it was there, thank you!

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  9. This cafe looks like the ultimate place! Earthy/organic/hippy/raw and tasty. Love it! What kind of coffee do you order? x

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  10. Looks absolutely wonderful! I am loving the drawings on the wall.

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  11. Been, loved and would love to go again. I dream of those quesadillas!

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  12. this place is calling me. from a long, long way away, unfortunately!

    rachel xo

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  13. That looks seriously delicious - and the food too! :)

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  14. oooh. that looks and sounds so great. I want one of the vege burgers advertised on the blackboard. happy days to you Jodi. Jx

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  15. Love that painted tree by the counter - looks like a lovely place x

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  16. the coffee! the coffee! sooo good!

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  17. what a yummy-looking spot. i love hardy's bay, it's so tranquil. and a cafe with a seed swap, kinda has it all, really! i think i'll visit this place instead of christmas shopping. :)sarah

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  18. looks amazing, definitely my kind of cafe, wish we had something like that in this part of the world x

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  19. Love the seed exchange idea. I only wish this cafe was closer to Brisbane.

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  20. garden 2 plate is lovely. And I can vouch for those quesadillas! As a local, I'd love to know your favourite places to eat on the coast..?

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  21. Perfect! We are planning on going camping up there this weekend (if it's not 37 degrees!) and we'll put garden 2 plate on the must-do list x

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    1. oh my goodness....the weather forecast has me scared. I hope your tent has air-con ;) x

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  22. Gosh, this looks gorgeous! Looks like my kind of food and I LOVE the seed exchange idea!

    Katie xx

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  23. Your photos always look amazing, they have a beautiful feel about them. I love how u see all the little details. What camera do u use and what lens if u don't mind me asking?

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    1. hi there,

      I shoot with a panasonic gf1 and always use a 20mm 1.7 - love it and highly recommend it. x

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  24. oh my! I love the look of that menu! x

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  25. This place looks amazing! And now I'm very hungry for some very nourishing food!

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  26. Jodi! It was the quasadilla's here that put me into labour! Hope your well, Alana x

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