Wildernis Café and Bar

While much of the furore in the foodie press surrounds the precincts of Pacific Fair and Robina Town Centre, changes in the Palm Beach dining scene are creeping in with stealth. But they’re no less exciting.

The once sleepy suburb will more than double its talent within a few months, making it a new destination for discriminating diners.

wildernis-1-001 Wildernis Café + Bar captures the Palmie vibe perfectly.  Taking over the site that was once Little St Kilda Cafe, Wildernis completely transforms the space. Bright and light, we take in a breath and smile. Bifold doors open the venue to alfresco dining, as light (or starlight) floods the restaurant from a sun roof overhead.

Local ‘tradie’ owners Andy Canfield and Josh Bailey enlisted their family and friends to help complete their vision of a light beach-vibe eatery.

“My brother Paul made the timber work,” Andy tells us, “and friends Eden and Adam helped as well.” His pride in the completed project is evident, and why not! It’s a fabulous addition to Palm Beach.

Without a coveted ocean view, it’s as though the guys have brought the ocean shore to Wildernis.

In a ‘peeling back’ of years of use, the venue emerges as clean as windswept sand. New white walls and tiles are treated to the warmth of wood flooring and bench seats; a brick feature bar and garden space (with plants even hanging upside down from the ceiling), and bright cushions complete a pretty picture.

wildernis-3-001 “We wanted to wow people. If people are paying for a meal, it shouldn’t be about just the meal – it should be about the whole experience,” Josh says.

While this may be the first venture for both Andy and Josh, they’ve wisely surrounded themselves with a seasoned crew. We’re seeing fabulous food from Chef Enrico Stella (ex Ambiente and Little St Kilda), and Nathan Corias leads a competent team at the bar.

wildernis-4-001 Coffee’s on at 5.30am (Tim Adams from the Sunshine Coast, when we visited), smoothies and juices, with brekkie starting at 6 – early enough to please tradies and early beach walkers. Breakfast gets a good showing on this menu, indicating its popularity. From the Botanical Bowl, House-smoked Salmon or the Garden Brekkie through the likely suspects to the decadent Buttermilk Pancakes with caramelised banana, berries, ice cream, maple syrup, Nutella and nuts, there’s plenty to suit all tastes.

wildernis-7b-001 We dine at lunchtime, passing up on the popular burger choices, to try the Bangalow Pork Belly and tuna. Nothing ordinary about these dishes, the pork is beautifully presented with a thyme-roasted apple, celeriac remoulade, topped with a sticky glaze and crisp crackling; the Rare crusted yellowfin tuna plated up on a deconstructed Niçoise salad with cauli cream and basil oil. It’s the perfect lunch for both of us – fresh, local, innovative, perfectly cooked without being ‘overworked’, and tastefully presented. A Balsamic baby beet salad with butternut pumpkin, goat’s cheese and candied walnuts could add in even more veg. Top nosh!

From Thursday to Sunday the venue stretches out into lazy decadent days, with a tapas menu kicking in from the afternoon until late. Just the place to share plates of food and a few drinks.

wildernis-8-001 Serving seven beers on tap from at least three local breweries, cider, ginger beer, a regularly changing house cocktail on tap ($12), as well as a mid-range trending wine list, we’d find it hard to pass up the Bangkok Hilton cocktail’s heady mix, its lime, lemongrass and ginger rum mix spiced up with fresh herbs and a touch of chilli. Had too many drinks already? Then the Hangover Harry will fix you up in no time!

wildernis-6-001 Casting our eyes over the astro turf, simple décor and huge TV screen on one wall to host UFC, football and the Melbourne Cup, it might be easy to conclude that this is a bloke’s beer garden. But that would be selling Wildernis short. Little details add up to so much more: the forethought to add hideaway amenities to the venue complete with the café’s own branded oils and soaps by Cedar + Stone show that there’s care and attention to detail at Wildernis that bodes well for its future.

With Wildernis settling into trade on 7th Avenue, in April 2017 the guys opened ‘Phase Two’ of their project: the renovation of their tucked away upstairs hideaway venue, complete with kitchen bar.

Light and bright, the old ‘Office’ space is completely transformed, the roof rebuilt, partially opening to the sun and stars with retractable bifolds allowing for weather contingencies.

Catered for from the downstairs Wildernis Cafe, a set of sneaky back stairs link the two parts of the venue.

Our attention wanders from the street below to the bar where the nine taps include beer, cider and Ink Gin, the gorgeously-hued purple gin from Husk Distillers in Tumbulgum. It’s a hard decision to make – espresso martini or Ink Gin cocktail. Better have some bar snacks while we make a decision…

One thing’s for sure…this bit of Wildernis certainly won’t go astray!

1166 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach Ph: 07 5534 5428

Open:Mon – Wed 5.30am – 3pm, Thurs – Sun 5.30am – late;

Rooftop bar open: Fri – Sun, 12 noon – late

NOTE: Photo of owners credited to Juicy Online Media.

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Atmosphere Breakfast Coffee & Tea Dessert Licensed Lunch Main course $15 to $25 Modern Australian Palm Beach Restaurants Tapas Wheelchair friendly , , , , , , , , , , ,

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