beans : organic & fairtrade 5 Senses
leaf : Rubra leaf
soy : extra 60c
dunk : potluck muffins baked daily
fork : pear & almond tart
knife : Valrhona brownie
plate & bowl : "Bombie Brekky" eggs, asparagus, avocado, mushrooms & roma tomato on rye toast
footprint : thongs by day, casual scuffs by night
price : $3.90 medium, $4.20 large
service : young, inexperienced & meek waitresses, backed by a vivacious and casual French manager
open : 7.30am - 9.00pm, woodfired pizza from 5.30pm
buzz : The poorer cousin to the White Elephant down the road, Sea Garden's ocean view is across the carpark, over a few rooftops and through the trees. The refurbished terrace is a pleasant spot for a lazy breakfast or casual meal, seated at a wooden table and shaded by peppermint trees. The food is beach kiosk fare with names like "The Zorba", "The View" and "Box Wrap" served on a plate rather than in a cardboard box. Yellow chips accompany almost every meal. and the servings are generous. At night woodfired pizza is added to the menu. The kind of holiday food that is fast disappearing as the Margaret River region snubs the lower echelons of dining. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available, but little for the vegan punter. Cakes are a winner, baked on the premises by the patisserie chef. Be quick, as locals are onto the daily "pot-luck" muffins with a coffee after a surf or on the way to work.
The service was appalling, and it took three repetitions of our order (one pot for two of soy chai please) to the doe-eyed waitress before she drooped away. The chai was luke warm, weak and didn't fill two cups, and came out with a cow's milk flat white that we didn't order. The French manager was taking orders while leaning on the table and yelling across the terrace. I thought there must have been an emergency. No, just a Frenchman.
It is dog and kid friendly, and the Sea Star's proximity to the caravan park ensures it is pumping during holidays and long weekends. Family's looking for a casual cafe that will suit the burger, chip and pizza eaters need look no further, but you can find me down the road at Gnarabup.