Cactus cafe puts Kangaroo Island in Good Weekend's 52 Best Brunches list

Sweetcorn fritters at Kangaroo Island's Cactus cafe. Photo Good Weekend
Sweetcorn fritters at Kangaroo Island's Cactus cafe. Photo Good Weekend

The Cactus cafe in Kingscote has made it to the Good Weekend magazine's inaugural 52 Best Brunches list.

The magazine published "the pick of the brunch bunch beyond Melbourne and Sydney" and Kangaroo Island's very own Cactus made the list.

Here is the review:

Go-to dish: Sweetcorn fritters with tomato, avocado salsa, bacon, sour cream, jalapeno and herbs.

Why: In a ship-shape stone cottage with a smart blue-and-white trim that makes it look as if it's about to set sail down the street, locals and tourists alike gather for golden sweetcorn fritters ($16) with a Mexican attitude, eggy breakfasts, and lunches of purely local ingredients in this super-casual cafe.

The experience: Yen Aun Leow and chef Louis Lark opened Cactus in 2017, having worked together at Kangaroo Island's high-end Southern Ocean Lodge. It's an easy breezy cafe with a brekky menu of local island produce, that runs from buttermilk pancakes with fruit and maple syrup to a big brekky that is everything it promises to be (big). The lunch menu kicks in at 12.30pm with a very welcome BLT of sourdough, bacon, cos, tomato and roasted garlic aioli. - JD

Good Weekend magazine is published by the parent company of The Islander

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