Monday, September 26, 2011

The delightful Beachwood Cafe' in Yamba.

I have been so looking forward to writing about this delightful café in Yamba, on the NSW North Coast. I first read about it in the North Coast regional section, of the Good Food Guide 2011, they had given it just a brief mention.
Whilst in Yamba in July this year, we visited for breakfast and I discovered that this place deserves a lot more than just a brief mention!
Yamba is a growing coastal town on the NSW North Coast. Travel past the fields of sugar cane out to the coast, and you'll discover a gorgeous place to escape the hustle and bustle. Yamba is about nine hours north of Sydney and two hours south of Bryon Bay.

The Beachwood Café can be a little hard to find, the first time you visit, as it is a little hidden away, up a side street, off the main street in Yamba. If you need to, ask the locals for directions and you will soon discover it, in High Street, a cosy little spot, this café is quite a find.

The morning we were there, we met the very lovely owner, Sevtap Yuce. She has owned a couple of cafes before and is clearly passionate about her Turkish food and friendly service, as well as making her famous Beachwood Jam.

As we sat in the sunshine deciding what to order, Sevtap was proudly showing her regular customers, what David Costello had written in his article, in the Gofossicking section of the Courier Mail, about Beachwood Jam.

It was clear to me, in the time we were there, that people are coming back not just for the amazing food and great coffee, but also to chat and catch up with Sevtap and her staff.
You can choose to sit inside on these gorgeous little stools...

or outside in the fresh Yamba air and sunshine!

The blackboard menu displays the choices for breakfast, as well as a couple of seasonal daily specials, that Sevtap told us about at the table. Everything is baked on the premises, in a very small kitchen! Freshly made cakes, quiches and trays of baklavas, sit waiting to be consumed later in the day.

We all started with a freshly squeezed mandarin juice, which was very refreshing!

With an emphasis on seasonal and organic, utilising locally grown produce, the food was brilliant, so fresh and creative, with a delicious, Mediterranean twist to many of the dishes. It was also very reasonably priced, which is always refreshing, especially when you are on holidays!
Poached Seasonal Fruits with Yoghurt & Ground Pistachios $10.50
Absolutely delicious flavours.

Banana Bread & Honeycomb Butter $7
Crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

Scrambled Eggs with Herbs & Feta $11.00
These eggs were melt in your mouth, great combination with fresh herbs and a salty feta.

Turkish Baked Beans $11.00 with a side of Turkish Sucyk (Sausage) $3.50
The beans were a taste sensation and the sausage was full of spice and flavour, hand made locally.

We couldn't resist trying some of Sevtap's delicious Beachwood Jam with Turkish toast...

We left more than satisfied with jars of jam and irresistable bakalavas in hand.
So, if you are heading north this Spring/Summer season and find yourself in sunny Yamba, take the time to visit Sevtap for breakfast or lunch, at the Beachwood Café and discover this hidden treasure for yourself.

Beachwood Café
22 High Street,
Yamba NSW
ph: (02)66469781


Angela said...

Yay Sevvie!!! Big big love for Beachwood x

A x

Gail said...

This is a great spot, have been here several times before. Nice post Jane, thanks for sharing.

janecooks said...

Thanks Gail xx love your and glad it is all going so well for you with both the cooking classes and the farmers market tours etc. in the lovely town of Noosa xx

Benji - The Margaret River Guide said...

Thanks for sharing. These are always the best places hidden off the main street. Have to say the Sausage has taken me followed by the banana bread and honeycomb butter.

Anonymous said...

We live in LA but have a house in Iluka , just across the river from Yamba. We love the ferry trip and the best food we've had in the region at Beachwood Cafe. Love all your photos and descriptions....can almost taste the yummy eggs and banana bread. LOVE the dolmades at lunch!!
ANd glad to find your blog so we can find more lovely places to eat!!