The Banksia Tree Cafe
The menu at the Banksia Tree Cafe is all about jazzed up brunch staples. There’s French toast with toppings that change daily but might include fresh figs, vino cotto, Australian river mint and pashmak (Iranian fairy floss). And yam fries dusted with parmesan and a “secret bush seasoning”, crab and prawn rillettes and XO crab, featuring a sauce made in-house, with blue swimmer crab and folded eggs on rye sourdough. They even smoke their own hummus.
You’ll find coffee by Monastery Coffee, beef from Naracoorte, eggs from Finniss and beers from Pirate Life and Big Shed. Local is important here. Even the name is a nod to the Australian landscape. The café is 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.