I can’t believe that I haven’t written about Footbridge Café, Brunswick Heads on Get Forked and Fly before. Shame on me! It really should not have taken so long. I’ve been visiting Footbridge for years. It’s such a comfortable and welcoming café – no hipster ‘too cool for school’ attitudes from anyone here. And I have thoroughly enjoyed many an all day breakfast feast under the awning watching the passers-by. I also have a soft spot for the relaxed, coastal village of Brunswick Heads. I love weekend jaunts to ‘Bruns’ for a bite, bevvie and paddle. And, if asked, I never hesitate to accept an invitation to jump in the car and head out on the highway north to Brunswick Heads for a Footbridge fix because everything about the café is consistently great. So – what is it that gives Footbridge Café its greatness?
For starters, Footbridge looks great. The café is tucked beneath a retro striped outdoor awning that gives footpath diners just the right amount of sunshine depending on the season. Looking out onto The Terrace, which runs parallel to the crystal waters of the Brunswick River, it’s a pretty picture.
The outdoor tables are decorated with fresh blooms that also feature inside the café. The motif is cute blend of repurposed décor, industrial steel and timber furnishings with quirky artworks that make it feel altogether a little bit Melbourne. There are rusty buckets for light shades, painted metal stools, artworks hand painted directly onto the walls, gorgeous vintage patterned tiles, wooden trimmings and little bits of kitsch scattered all around. My favourite place to sit is at one of the four window seats. It is great for people watching overlooking the footpath dining space and the Brunswick River beyond. You may even sneak a peak of the iconic local landmark after which the café is named. The ‘footbridge’ spans from The Terrace Public Park across the Brunswick River tributary that is Simpson’s Creek to a special place on the beachside of the waterway where young families and waterlogged dogs frolick in the shallow waters.
Another great thing about Footbridge is the service. In fact it is beyond great. I have never seen so many happy, smiley faces ready and willing to welcome and wait. The floor staff is efficient and charming and your order always arrives in good time. When you ask for something a bit out of the ordinary the staff is happy to oblige – no pulled faces. There’s a lot of love in the place and I truly believe that that those warm vibes translate to the food. Am I sounding a bit too Byron Bay for you? Suffice to say, if I was having a bad hair day, I think a visit to Footbridge to soak up some of that love and something yummy to eat would help no end!
While it’s one thing for a café to look great and to offer great service, it needs to be backed up with great food. And Footbridge Café has great food in spades. I can honestly tell you that I have never eaten a meal at Footbridge that I did not enjoy. Oh, that Kedgeree they used to do *sigh. So what sort of food can you expect at Footbridge Café?
Footbridge serves an all day breakfast style menu seven days a week. The blackboard is neatly structured with a definite lighter and smaller start leading into more substantial brunch and lunchtime style fare. However, you can choose to order any of the menu dishes throughout the day. Gotta love an all day breakfast!
Breakfast begins Continental style with Toast options, Banana Bread, Fruit Loaf and flakey Pastry selections for something quick and small. For a more substantial breakfast there are sweet and savoury dishes depending on your mood. I recently tried the Rice and Tapioca Porridge with fresh, local mandarin and maple rhubarb puree (vegan). I rarely order sweeter style breakfasts but this one had me intrigued. The blushed porridge was creamy with a gentle citrus aroma. The flavour wasn’t too sweet and the accompanying puree brought a nice acidity to the dish. The porridge was served with fresh pieces of mandarin and a puffed rice garnish. It looked pretty as a picture and I would order this one again.
A breakfast dish whose name sparks curiosity is the Succotash Scram. It’s a breakfast burrito served on a flour tortilla filled with succotash, scrambled eggs, avocado and a deliciously fiery chipotle sauce that is worth bottling to take home. If you’re curious, succotash is a dish that is usually made form corn kernels and bean varieties. The Footbridge Café version included golden corn kernels, black beans and broad beans.
Other breakfast selections include the classic Footbridge Café Benedict, house made Hash Browns and Jack’s Breakfast, which is a generous take on your traditional big breakfast. You can customise any dish with extra sides and condiments such as Meredith Goat’s Cheese (bring me the whole jar please!), House Slaw, Local Bacon, Mushrooms and so forth. Basically, you can choose your dish and just keep on adding to make it your own!
Moving to the brunch / lunch section of the Footbridge menu, I can recommend the Spicy Chipotle Pulled Pork Salad. This dish is normally served burger style on a bread roll, but you can opt to have it served as a salad, which is perfect, The pork has a medium, smoky heat and comes served with a creamy house slaw featuring apple and kale. The kale is finely shredded for those like me who have an aversion to the stuff when the leaves are big and tough.
The Spanish Chicken is another great lunchtime dish. Light spiced free-range chicken thighs are served with almond pesto, peppers, braised chickpeas and poached eggs. Mr GFAF is a big fan of this dish. Protein central.
It would be remiss not to mention the Pea and Haloumi Fritters, which we have indulged in many times over the years. These go down a treat any time of day. Of course, Mr GFAF always adds a side of bacon! #wheresthemeat
If you have room for sweets, or if you are calling by Footbridge Café for morning or afternoon tea, there are always tempting homemade goodies such as brownies or apple pie in the dessert cabinet. There are fresh pastries as well.
While there isn’t a specific kids menu at Footbridge Café, you can order kids sized egg dishes or yummy pancakes for your little people.
On the drinks side of the menu, the coffee is from local Moonshine Coffee Roasters. There are also organic teas, herbal teas, Chai, LSD and Golden Mylk hot drinks. There are plenty of cool drinks in the fridge – many of them organic. You can also order freshly blended smoothies, milkshakes and juices .
So there it is, at last; a few words about the delightful Footbridge Café, Brunswick Heads. I hope it was worth waiting for. Maybe I will see you in ‘Bruns’ this weekend for a bite, bevvie and paddle and a share of the Footbridge Café love.
Price Range at Footbridge Café, Brunswick Heads
Toast $5.50 – Slow Cooked Beef Burger with Potato Skins $18.00
Coffee $4.00 (regular) Organic Tea $4.50
Milkshakes and Fresh Juices $7.00