The menu at the Banksia Tree Cafe is all about jazzed up brunch staples. There’s French toast with seasonal toppings that might include smoked labneh, Davidson's Plum jam, and pashmak (Iranian fairy floss). And XO crab – featuring a sauce made in-house – with blue swimmer crab and poached eggs on sourdough, plus fermented garlic hummus and Geraldton Wax oil.

Local is important here – you’ll find coffee by Monastery, bacon from Kanmantoo, eggs from Finniss, and beers from Pirate Life and Big Shed. Even the name is a nod to the Australian landscape.

The cafe is also part of Semaphore Compost Network: an initiative that coordinates a weekly pick-up of kitchen waste from Port Adelaide and Semaphore venues. The network enlists home and community gardeners to recycle waste into compost for use in local gardens, instead of commercial composting or landfill.

Soft plastics are taken to Coles as part of the REDcycle initiative, which melts them down to make traffic bollards, signage and more. So eat in peace knowing you’re doing your bit for the environment, and your appetite.

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Updated: April 21st, 2022

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