CAIRNS | Guyala Cafe was opened in early 2020 by award winning barista and the entrepreneur behind several Cairns top café openings of the past decade, Oliver James. It’s named after the local Yirrganydji word for the white-bellied sea eagle. The menu features dishes that riff on the kinds of brunches that you find in trendy big city cafes, using local produce sourced from independent regional growers and producers, and indigenous ingredients. The result are dishes that are both familiar, and uniquely tropical far north Queensland.
There’s a lot on the menu that’s enticing. Lauren and I opted for the piña colada waffle stack, and the Qld spanner crab omelette. The former features pineapple waffles, pineapple grilled with cinnamon, dehydrated pineapple, crispy shaved coconut, coconut dukkah, coconut caramel, coconut sorbet, and Davidson Plum dust. Not overly sweet and super refreshing in the tropical heat.
The omelette features a generous amount of locally caught spanner crab Claw meat and chilli jam inside a French-style rolled omelette. It’s topped with black tobiko, Yarra Valley Caviar salmon roe, chilli threads, and Innisfail palm heart slaw. Another winning dish that hits all of the right notes.
For coffee, all of the popular hot and cold espresso and filter options are on offer. Beans come from Oliver’s own nearby roastery, Tattooed Sailor Coffee Roasters. There’s also juices, smoothies and a wine, beer, and cocktail menu that champions local makers where possible.
2 Smith Street
Mon – Fri: 7:00am to 2:30pm
Sat: 7:00am to 2:00pm
Sun: 8:00am to 1:00pm