Recently I felt like something local and healthy for lunch, and a friend had told me that she had heard good things about Woodbox Cafe.  They are located on Tallebudgera Creek Road and specialise in raw, organic and gluten free food and organic coffee.  We enjoyed a yummy, healthy lunch and would like to go back.

Woodbox is located in the shops on Tallebudgera Creek Road that many years ago housed the old saddlery, so the actual retail spaces themselves have a nice old fashioned vibe to begin with.  The cafe has been fitted out with some French provincial style furniture, with some retail items for sale including cute candles in old teacups and gift items.  The cafe website says that they are trying to create a community feel; it’s certainly a lovely space and does feel comfy and homey.

As you walk in, directly in front of you is a display fridge full of yummy healthy looking items and some awesome looking cakes.  Up on the wall adjacent is their menu.  Although we were there for lunch their brekky menu looks enticing, so I will go back and blog about their brekky soon.  Actually, this cold weather lately has got me thinking, are there any cosy local spots to eat when the mercury drops? Everywhere seems to be either out of the sun or open plan… suggestions welcome (I’m talking heaters or a fireplace people..!).

So, on to lunch.  I ordered the Lentil Burger ($11.9), a house made lentil pattie served with cheese, lettuce, tomato, beetroot relish, a drizzle of hommus and chunks of avocado served on a seed bun.  I love a good lentil burger and this one didn’t let me down.  A fresh, delicious and healthy combination of flavours.  If I was to be really picky, the only thing that might have improved it is some grated carrot and beetroot… but the pattie itself had grated carrot in it and the beetroot relish added some lovely sweetness.

With this I ordered a Vitamin Boost Juice ($7) of orange, kale, beetroot, carrot and ginger.  I’ve been wanting to try kale juiced for ages as I’ve  been reading of its health benefits.  This was a yummy juice, it had that characteristic root vegetable flavour but tasted great and made me feel healthy just drinking it.

Sime ordered the Organic beef sausage roll ($7) with a side salad ($3).  The sausage roll was a lovely big plump home made roll, Sime said it tasted great on its own and didn’t need any sauce.  Actually, I’m inspired now to make us some at home, this wintry weather is making me crave homey foods… if I find a good recipe I’ll post it.  Sorry, back to lunch.  The side salad was a lovely fresh looking lentil salad, it didn’t come with dressing with Sime said it didn’t need it and tasted great.

Sime also decided to have a fresh juice ($7) of kale, beetroot, celery and ginger.  Again, a yummy healthy freshly squeezed concoction.

Service wise, I had been warned that the team at this cafe get a bit overwhelmed when it’s busy.  The staff were all lovely, but I think they do need to focus on an ordering system (i.e. one person on the till and doing cakes/coffee, etc).  Not that we had to wait, it just felt a bit confused as to ordering, and the juices arrived after our food.  Whilst this didn’t bother us but it may bother other punters.

As I said, I really enjoyed our lunch and am actually going back for lunch next week, so I’d definitely recommend Woodbox.  Health phobics, don’t be afraid of the organic /gluten free / raw food – remember the sausage roll is always an option, and for brekky they did have some bacon and egg options too.

About brekky – I’ll definitely sample soon and re-post when I do.  As for coffee… I did some research on beanhunter where there have only been two reviews of their Merlo coffee, one good and one bad.  I’m not a fan of Merlo anyway, and firmly believe that life is too short to drink bad coffee, best I go with Sime and he can suss out if we should order one (sometimes it’s so good having a barista with you when you go to new places!).

15/33 Tallebudgera Creek Road, West Burleigh, 5607 0808

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