Situated next to a lake within Roy Amer Reserve is the Lakeside Café, a laid-back, family friendly venue that Manager Amy Yu has been running for the past year.
“I graduated with a degree in civil engineering just before COVID-19 and found it difficult to find a job in China,” Amy says. “I decided to move to South Australia and fell in love with the area. When the opportunity came up to manage the café, I jumped at it.”
The sunny suburban café serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, catering to a wide demographic from young couples to families and older diners.
“We have a loyal customer base who I really love. Everyone here is so friendly and welcoming that it makes me love working in the café,” says Amy.
“One of the most unique aspects of the café is that we are located right next to a reserve so people dining outdoors feel like they are surrounded by nature.”
Amy adds that this location combined with her team’s warm hospitality makes it the perfect spot for both a quick takeaway meal or a dine-in lunch with family and friends.
Serving up classic café food, Amy says favourites include the Prosciutto Scacciata, or pizza herb bread with prosciutto, rocket, and bocconcini cheese, with the Gourmet Veg Burger or Seafood Platters always a hit later in the day.
Alongside its impressive menu range, Lakeside Café serves up Mocopan’s Pasquale coffee, which Amy says is a favourite among guests for its smooth, full-bodied flavour that releases an irresistible aroma.
With notes of chocolate, caramel, and sweetly spicy aroma, she says it complements both dairy and non-dairy milk.
“Before I started managing Lakeside Café, I didn’t know a lot about coffee, but with Mocopan helping me with any technical issues and providing support, I’ve learned so much,” Amy says.
In the future, Amy plans to continue upgrading the café and building upon its menu.
69 Sir Ross Smith Boulevard, Oakden, South Australia, 5086
Open every day 9am – 9pm
This article appears in the February 2022 edition of BeanScene. Subscribe HERE.