beach side cafe
Gnarabup Beach, Gnarabup
Margaret River, Western Australia
beans : organic Rubra, served at 70 degrees
leaf : pyramid silk tea bags
soy : yes, extra 60c
dunk : giant melting moments
fork : mini lemon meringue tart
spoon : bircher muesli with banana, strawberry, grated apple, honey, yogurt & toasted almonds ($11)
knife : buttermilk pancakes with fresh banana & strawberry salad with vanilla yogurt ($15)
plate & bowl : elephant vego breaky of grilled polenta, poached eggs, roasted tomato, mushrooms, avocado, asparagus & persian feta ($19)
footprint : bare sandy feet
price : $3.90
service : casual, happy holiday workers, no table service
open : 7.30am - 4.00pm, 7 days
buzz : If only every day could begin like this; an uninterrupted view of the ocean over my latte, the chatter of early morning customers and rustling of the newspaper the only gentle distractions from my beachside joy. Seriously pleasant.
The White Elephant was named to define and defuse an enduring and passionate debate surrounding a less than attractive building built in one of the country's most stunning and prized locations. Last summer, the White Elephant's fate was unknown, with murmurs of demolition. A plee to support and protect the idea of a beach cafe at Gnarabup was launched to the community with the promise to "serve the people well and not detract from the view". It was met with rousing response and after a summer of discontent and temperance, a new lease was granted and renovations began in earnest.
The elevated deck extends to the sand, with chunky jarrah benches offering the front row view over Gnarabup Bay. Casual and unpretentious, sandy dogs and kids blend with tourists and dedicated locals. Weekends and holidays are busy, but the turn over is swift. If you can't stand to wait a minute in this environment, take a good hard look at yourself. Run by the same owners as Margaret River's renowned Gnarabar, White Elephant Beach Cafe offers the same high standard of breakfast and lunch, and can cater for functions up to 150 guests.
Go for coffee, breakfast, juice or cake; take a book, your laptop or the whole family; just be sure to go at least once this summer. Long live the White Elephant.