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Elm Haus, Mt Glorious

I'm in training for a five day walk across Kangaroo Island in May so we decided to start small with a 5km walk at Mt Glorious.

The village of Mt Glorious is 35 km north-west of Brisbane on the D’Aguilar Range and surrounded by Brisbane Forest Park, so even the drive up is picturesque. As it is over 600m above sea level the daytime temperature is cooler than hot Brisbane in January. I've done it several times on the back of a motor bike - a great trip.

This time we were in a car because three of us were doing the walk. Afterwards we needed refreshments in the form of lunch and coffee, more coffee. We found Elm Haus which is a quirky cafe with lots of personality in its decor.

Unfortunately is now appears to be open only on weekends and public holidays and the food is very pared back to simple meals that have a long 'shelf life'. I'm talking pies, burgers and other heavy meals. No nice light salads or Devonshire teas here.

There's also a bit of a 'German' theme and our burgers came plastered with mustard - not to my taste at all. My roll was edible but my companions were not impressed by the lack of freshness of theirs.

Mt Glorious is a great spot for a picnic and the aroma of sausages in the picnic grounds made me want one right then - the burger turned out to be a very poor alternative. Sigh! Next time I'm taking a picnic.

There are a couple of other eateries on the mountain that I'll be investigating during my training.

Elm Haus Cafe, Mt Glorious Rd, Mt Glorious p 3289 0104‎


  1. Anonymous8:27 pm

    24-04-11 – Elm Haus Cafe, whispered to be under new management – (CONFIRMED) – provided the perfect excuse for a Sunday afternoon drive through the tranquility of the vast winding roads that lead to Mt Glorious Village. Easter Sunday April 24th 2011, was a truely memorable afternoon for myself and family as we relaxed in the truely unique and somewhat à la mode atmosphere created by the new host and staff.

    Greeted in the front garden we were led inside and presented a menu that offered everything from Devonshire Tea, (with an extensive range of flavoured loose leaf tea) with homemade scones, to a hearty Beef Burger with classic shoestring fries & everything from the spicy red lentil soup served with crispy traditional organic sourdough to a mouthwatering moussaka, specialty salads and gourmet treats inbetween. After much deliberation we finally chose and decided we would just have to return another day to try the rest!

    I forgot to mention the miniture Easter themed cupcakes with soft pastel icings and mini chocolate eggs on top which I had to have immediately and ate on our way to the table – mmmm so delicious and clearly homebaked! With such an exquisite display of cakes it was hard to walk away to be seated.

    But no sooner had we sat our coffee arrived and as we sat and warmed our hands on the cups we noticed all the unique ornaments about the room. An old typewriter – antique I would guess, hessian coffee bags from Papua New Guinea, a range of ol’ farmhouse tins, candelabra and various other knick knacks and brick a brack caught our interest and made for great conversational peices and within minutes the meals were all served.

    What’s more they were served enthusianstically and literally within minutes! (What a welcome change to the very lacking service of other coffee houses!!)

    Although when we arrived there was only one other table occupied – somehow as we looked up from our meals we realised that we were now surrounded by people and the line was 12 people out the door and counting. The Elm Haus – Under New Management – had drawn quite an afternoon crowd, and the open layout provided for all.

    From the motorcyclists eating a late lunch on the deck under the umbrellas overlooking the Maiala Rainforest to young couples who shared coffee & cake on the couch by the fire place, the elderly couple, cosied up by the arch windows with their devonshire tea, to the extended family who filled the large table in the centre of the room, everyone was accomodated for and the atmosphere remained relaxed whilst the high ceilings clarified the acoustics of the jazz band vocals masking just enough of the converstaions and amplifying the ambience of a modern rainforest cafe.

    We were amazed to find that we could even grab a chess board and strategize our next move over coffee and a homemade lemon curd tart.

    I am sure that there is much more to discover at The Elm Haus and we will be heading back up around the mountain again soon to see what’s new on the menu and relax and unwind. Be sure to stop in as they are open daily for Breakfast Lunch Dinner and inbetweens.

  2. Good to hear! Can't wait to try it myself.

  3. Have to agree, the new manager/proprietor, Kara, is doing a fantastic job, awesome food, excellent coffee, great atmosphere ......... Kara has a huge personality, is friendly and eager to please. Good work Kara, the change you have made to the Elm Haus must have the other Mt Glorious cafes trembling :)

  4. Yeah, I actually have been staying right next to this café on Mt Glorious for a week and they've been amazing. It's run by a very sweet couple — one's a Kiwi and the other's British — and the food and coffee was amazing. I love the Elm Haus Cafe! It's probably my favourite cafe in Brisbane. The vibe is perfect and relaxed. Also if you need a quiet spot to work and you're a freelancer they've got good internet. It's also the best café around the whole D'Aguilar region. The Elm Haus Cafe is like the IDEAL quiet coffee in Brisbane.


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