If you blink as you drive by Ginger Baker in the cute country town of Bright, you’ll miss it. You’ll go over the river and through the woods, then onto the gradual incline toward the surrounding mountains. Ginger Baker is a cafe/wine bar that’s been squeezed into an old, tiny cottage, with plastic tarps enclosing the front porch area. But don’t let that somewhat cloudy first impression make you pass this place over.
Push through the flaps and if it’s cold, sit your bum down near the fireplace. Or if it’s warm, head straight to the back outside dining area to be surrounded by their semi-manicured gardens and to get glimpses of the (very) nearby river. It was a chilly morning when we went, so we sat our two bear-bums next to the fireplace and ordered piping hot coffees ($3.50) to start. Gotta love a hot coffee, especially when flat whites can be luke-warm due to the amount of milk (or soy, in my case).
Hubby bear ordered the Croque Monsieur ($16) which came with an added little bonus of fried eggs on top. For those of you wondering what those fancy french words mean: uber-pimped-up version of a ham and cheese toastie. Hubby was like a little kid in a candy store waiting for it to arrive and, as he got stuck into it, dipping it into the side of tomato jam, I just heard “Mmmmmmmm” after each bite. Suffice to say, that sort of grumbling is a good thing!
I got poached eggies on toast ($10) with smashed avocado (+$4) that was divinely mixed with sprinkles of feta and chopped mint. Oh aaaaaavocado, you were ahhhh-maze-zing. The freshness of the mint, contrasted with the saltiness of the feta, melded together with that mellow avocado texture, has made me want to put feta and mint on everything! Happy mouth, happy belly!
Overall, Ginger Baker hits all the right spots: Tasty food, solid quality, friendly service, good value, and a cute & quirky atmosphere inside, with a beautiful natural setting outside.
Whether for brekky, brunch, lunch, or quick nibble and drink of wine – if you’re visiting Bright – make sure you stop in for a little while and enjoy the country pace of life for that little bit longer, and some yum-yums while you’re at it!
Address: 127 Great Alpine Rd, Bright, VIC.
Tip! Don’t miss out on eating in the rear outdoor area if the weather permits – it’s a gorgeous setting next to the river! Great for groups!