The Post Box Café, as I have discovered, is a hidden Sutherland Shire gem. Located a little off the beaten track on a sleepy suburban street in Yowie Bay.
A medium sized café, with the majority of seating outside under umbrellas. Obviously loved by locals as it is packed on the weekends. I decide to visit on a Tuesday and as expected I avoided the weekend crowds. Saying that, it wasn’t empty by any account, it was pleasantly busy.
Every Tuesday and Sunday they offer a $12 lunch special, in addition to their regular menu. On the Tuesday we visited there were three choices for the lunch special, prawn wonton stack, a pasta dish and a grilled chorizo & haloumi salad.
As tempting as the specials sounded we decide to stick with the regular menu. The menu has typical café fare, starters, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, salads and light meals. Typical selection of drinks, but there is the nice addition of mocktails.
The first thing we notice about the Post Box Café menu is how reasonable the prices are. We then discover that not only are prices reasonable, but the servings generous.
To drink we order the vanilla chai frappe ($5.50) and a watermelon crush mocktail ($6.50). The frappe is thick and creamy, almost a meal on its own. You instantly smell the watermelon in the watermelon crush mocktail, which also has raspberries and lemonade blended with ice. It’s cold and refreshing, and I manage to give myself brain-freeze with slurping it down way too quickly.
We share a mushroom bruschetta ($11) to start. When it hits the table we realize we have probably made a mistake. A lot larger than we anticipated, the bruschetta could be a meal on its own. A thick slice of toasted garlic buttered Vienna is topped with grilled marinated mushrooms, feta, rocket all drizzled with balsamic glaze. They don’t overdo the garlic butter on the Vienna bread, just enough to make it a little more decadent.
I have mentioned the generous serves, but these sandwiches are more than generous, they are humongous. So big that neither of us can finish them, and we take the remaining halves home with us.
For both the sandwiches we again are treated to thick slices of toasted garlic Vienna, but you can choose to have a wrap if that is your preference. The Chicken Caesar’s ($14.50) filling is made up of incredibly moist chicken breast, cos lettuce, bacon, melted parmesan and is lightly dressed with a creamy Caesar sauce. The BLAT ($14.50) has bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato and lemon aioli. You have a choice of healthy salad or fries on the side to accompany your sandwich.
Stuffed to the gills, we can’t be tempted by any of the desserts on offer. If you do have room, there is a small selection, all $8. On the day we visited there was a choice of choc fudge brownie, passionfruit slice, carrot cake or an orange and almond flourless cake, all served with cream and ice cream.
Post Box Café is a gem. Staff are really lovely, food is tasty and generous in portions. If visiting by public transport it isn’t too far from Miranda train station, I would say a 20-minute walk. I am sure there would be a bus that would run by as well. Parking is joyfully easy, a pleasure compared to Newtown and the likes, plenty of street parking available.
Why is it called the Post Box Café? Due to the post box out the front of course.
Post Box Cafe
46a Attunga Rd, Yowie Bay NSW 2228
Tel: +61 (2) 9531 5659