Once you’ve eaten at Indulge in Bundaberg, it comes as no surprise that this small cafe has been voted as Queensland’s favourite.
Now taking the title for two years in a row as People’s Choice in the Brisbane Times Good Food Awards, Indulge is a showcase for the Bundaberg region’s fabulous produce.
Established by passionate food lovers Amanda and Larry Hinds, this café has been the catalyst that has propelled local farmers into the spotlight as premium primary producers.
Amanda is adamant that it’s the rich red tomatoes, the full-flavoured potatoes, the crisp capsicums, luscious eggplants and the vibrant ginger, that make all the different to the meals she dishes up to eager crowds.
As Amanda says, there’s something very special about knowing where your food comes from and who grew it.
I clearly remember my first meal at Indulge. It was scrambled eggs dusted with thinly sliced truffle and anointed with duck ham. My first taste of duck ham, I was fascinated with the flavour and eager to find out more. Amanda revealed it was something she ‘cooked up' with Rick, the local butcher.
The menu of Indulge reflects whatever fruits, vegetables and seafood are in peak season. Farmers often appear at Amanda’s back door with their arms full of the best of their crop.
Later they will sit in the café and smile to themselves as patrons order their produce turned into tasty dishes. But the real reward for them is hearing the oohs and aahs as the dishes slide down eager throats.
Amanda also has been a driving force behind Bundaberg’s growing Winterfeast Festival, held each year in July. This is the ideal time to visit the region and stock up on fresh farm produce.
Where: Indulge Café, 80 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg
Recommended for: People who like to support local and anyone who enjoys good food.
Best bite: A hard ask, but on the breakfast menu start with the Burnett Heads spanner crab, local scallops, Tu’s tiger prawn omelette with local XO sauce, lemon and miso butter sauce and Bundaginga pickled baby ginger and toasted sourdough. $28
Bottom line: Breakfast $11 to $28, lunch $15 to $25
Disclaimer: Simply spreading food love.