Why Green Tangerine is a must-visit cafe in Long Jetty
Green Tangerine claims a prime Insta-worthy location alongside the famous Long Jetty mural, matched only by their picture-perfect meals and in-house bakery items. Current owners Katie and Cameron from Berkeley Vale took over the hit cafe in April 2019 after Katie had already been working there for 6 years.
“I already had so many ideas up my sleeve and dishes I wanted to create so it was exciting to take ownership,” says Katie.
However, Katie also knew the value of the Green Tangerine brand, keeping much-loved dishes and the Little Marionette coffee that have featured on the menu since day one. To keep the menu fresh and varied, rotating specials, seasonal changes, and signature touches are added.
“Don’t change a good thing, because everyone really loves the coffee and comes to us specifically for that boutique bean.”
You only need to take one look at the Green Tangerine Instagram to be enticed by their bright and colourful world of deliciously plated menu items.
“We try to keep the food a little bit quirky with fresh, high-quality ingredients. We are big on value for money, our dishes are hearty.”
The Avo Bravado is an OG Green Tangerine dish that is hands down the most popular and will never go according to Katie. Seasonal tweaks such as changing the flavour of the labneh allow the kitchen to have some fun and keep the dish delighting diners again and again.
The Bruce is the signature GT brekkie burger that surprises with its unconventional flavours of maple, chipotle, red cheddar, and garlic aioli on a brioche bun baked in-house by Katie’s other half, Cameron.
Previously a truck driver, Cameron traded in driving for dough making for the last two years to work full-time in the business alongside Katie. He now operates the in-house artisanal bakery of Green Tangerine being trained by Head Baker Damo who learnt the French traditional style from the OG Head Baker. Together they freshly bake bread and pastries in-house every day.
The couple have seen the change in the area over the years at GT and say it was the community that kept them going during COVID as they operated with just three people as a takeaway kiosk.
“The Long Jetty community is something different. It has come such a long way, we love it. And the businesses all work together to keep Long Jetty alive. We’re all so different and if it wasn’t for the others we wouldn’t be here and vice versa.”
And it’s safe to say that Green Tangerine is here to stay.
“We have no plans for another GT, we want to remain unique, put as much as we can into this, and make sure our one fabulous place is running amazingly!”