There are so many reasons to head to Kangaroo Island this summer – the new $1.6 million ferry service which is set to launch in December, award-winning gin and of course, the breathtaking beaches. That’s not to go without saying the food is to die for. And they’ve just had another great cafe/restaurant thrown into the mix.
Owners, Louis Lark and Yen Aun Leow, have taken their experience at the prestigious Southern Ocean Lodge and joined forces to open a vibrant cafe/restaurant, Cactus. Cactus is now open for breakfast and lunch. It’s a pretty casual environment with loads of outdoor seating. They’re serving simple food with local KI produce, great coffee and freshly squeezed juice! The smoked salmon with sourdough, horseradish cream, rocket, dill and pickles pictured below is already proving to be a crowd favourite.
The Kingscote location previously home to Mexican restaurant “Yellow Ash n Chilli”, has been transformed by Louis and Yen who signed the lease earlier this year and funded the project entirely themselves. The months leading up to the opening of Cactus involved a huge amount of DIY, including building tables, benches and counters from made from scratch, all furniture has been made from KI grown timber and up-cycled wooden pallets.
As soon as the liquor licence comes through – don’t worry guys Louis estimates mid to late November – they’ll be stocking local wines such as Dudley Wines, False Cape Wines and more. They’ll also be stocking local spirits from the well known and loved Kangaroo Island Spirits! For the beer lovers there will be a Keg of Local KI Brewery beer on tap.
Cactus is located at 59 Dauncey Street, Kingscote.