Elaia Celebrates 21 Years

Join Elaia Café Restaurant To Celebrate Their 21st Birthday
With A Special Yalumba Wine Dinner
Friday 14th July From 6:30pm Sharp

We are excited to announce that we've reached a special milestone at
Elaia Café Restaurant - Our 21st Birthday!!

To celebrate, admired Yalumba storyteller & internationa
l brand ambassador for Yalumba Jane Ferrari is making a special trip to Tassie to help us with our
21st Birthday celebrations...
Jane will be presenting 6 of the finest Yalumba wines to go with each of our deliciously crafted courses sourced from local Tassie produce, along with her stories of five generations of family wine making - we may even have a story or two of our own to share from our 21 years of business in the local community!!

3 Courses Paired With 6 Yalumba Wines
PLUS Canapes On Arrival
Only $99pp
To Reserve Your Table
Simply Call Us On 6331 3307


Please Note: Seats are strictly limited - full payment is required upon booking.


Light Up Mum's Day at Elaia Cafe Restaurant

Treat your Mum to Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch at Elaia Cafe Restaurant on Mother's Day.

All Day Breakfast from 7.30am to 3.00pm.

Full A La Carte menu PLUS a few other specially designed plates for our wonderful Mums!

Walk Ins & last minute bookings Welcome & subject to availability.  We do recommend you book so you don't miss out.

Advanced Bookings Essential for Breakfast from 10.00am & Lunch from 12.30pm

Simply call us on 03 63 313307

Please note a $50 Deposit [fully refundable] is required at the time of booking and limited availability for bookings over 8.

Happy Easter from Elaia

Everyone at Elaia Cafe Restaurant would like to invite you to enjoy the Easter break with your friends & family this April. 

To be part of our special offers all you need to do is join our VIP Club where you'll not only eat for free on your Birthday but receive surprise gifts throughout the year. 

Join us NOW to receive our Easter offers   VIP Club

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Team Elaia

Please Note Our Easter Trading Hours

Closed Friday 14th April & Monday 17th April

Our team will be taking the opportunity to spend

Easter Good Friday & Easter Monday with their friends & family,

We look forward to seeing you on Easter Saturday and Sunday though!




Not In Love?

The team at Elaia Café Restaurant would like to 'share the love' with everyone this Valentine's Day. Love isn't just for 'loved up' couples, it's a universal feeling that we share with our friends old and new, families and even complete strangers.

So to celebrate the meaning of "love" we have a fabulous offer for those ‘not in love’  to enjoy a night out. Join us with your friends, in groups of 4, 5 or 6 and you'll receive a Free bottle of Managers Selection Wine.

We are offering two sittings:



Spaces still available in both sittings. 

To book simply contact us on 63 313307 and tell us you want to take up the Wine Offer. 

*Conditions:  Offer valid for 14th February 2017 from 5.00pm only. Offers only valid when every guest dining orders a main meal.  Free bottle of Manager's Selection wine valid when a minimum 4 adults dine and order a main meal each.  Cannot be used with any other offer or special.  One offer per table. Thank you.


Our Chefs have had a lot of fun with this round of Specials.  They love making things from scratch, like the House Made Ravioli, Confit Garlic,  Apple Cider Jus.... there's always something bubbling, roasting, marinating or simmering away.      We hope you enjoy this round of Specials with your favourite glass of wine. 

See you soon. 

Twice cooked Pork Belly with pickled red onion, carrot & apple puree with an apple cider jus #weloveapples     $35.50

Tasmanian Grass Fed Beef.  Your choice of Porterhouse $35.50, Scotch Fillet $35.50, Eye Fillet $39.50   Served with house made prawn ravioli, buttered beans and garlic sauce

Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon with a fennel and pea croquette, roasted red capsicum puree and sauce vierge $35.50

Pan fried House Made Ricotta Gnocchi, with blistered cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, confit garlic, walnuts and crispy kale $26.50

Crispy Asian Chicken Breast with coriander salad, roasted peanuts and chilli caramel $35.50

Confit Garlic

Confit Garlic



Bookings [up to 12] still available for that last minute catch up with friends and family.  

For Corporate Bookings or if in a hurry to eat and run,  you can download our Pre-Order Form and Pre-order your Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. 

For your convenience we offer All-Day Breakfast and you may order from the A La Carte Menu and Specials Board from lunchtime straight through to when kitchen closes after 8.00pm.   The kitchen is cranking all day so if it’s a late lunch or early dinner, No Problem.   Takeaway food and wine also available.

Remember our Elaia Christmas Gift Vouchers for that last minute gift.

Kitchen Opening Hours leading up to Christmas…

Monday to Saturday 7.30am to around after 8.00pm

Sunday 7.30am to 3.00pm

This is where you need to pay attention...

Saturday 24th December 7.30am to 3.00pm

Sunday 25th December Closed

Monday 26th December 7.30am to 3.00pm

Tuesday 27th December 7.30am to 3.00pm

Wednesday 28th December 7.30am to 3.00pm

Thursday 29th December 7.30am to 3.00pm

Friday 30th December 7.30am to 3.00pm

Saturday 31st December 7.30am to 3.00pm

Sunday 1st January Closed

Monday 2nd January Closed

Tuesday 3rd January 7.30am to around after 8.00pm

Normal trading hours after that.

On behalf of Perry, myself and the entire Elaia Team we would like to thank you for your support during the year and we wish you a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

Look forward to seeing your faces in 2017.



We are open on Father's Day Sunday 4th September from 7.30am to 3.00pm.  Sitting times are as follows:

Breakfast [1st sitting] 8.00am - 9.30am

Breakfast [2nd sitting] 9.45am - 11.15am

Lunch 12.00pm - 2.00pm

To confirm and secure your booking, all Father's Day Bookings require a deposit of $50 which is deducted from the final bill.  

To book call us on 63 313307


Elaia Gift Vouchers make the perfect gift for Father's Day

Elaia Gift Vouchers make the perfect gift for Father's Day

Making Gnocchi With Love

Our housemade Ricotta Gnocchi and magic sauces have been one of Elaia's signature dishes for over 10 years. The original recipe was citrus based but we've modified it over the years as we play around with the sauces.

Our Ricotta Gnocchi Recipe is simple but remember the key ingredient is the 'love' you put into it when you mix, knead, roll, pinch and cook it.

Pour yourself a glass of wine and make it with your favourite person. Have fun!

1kg good fresh ricotta cheese
100g plain flour
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients until well combined. If ricotta is really moist add more flour to bind.

Sprinkle the surface with flour.  Divide dough into two portions. Roll each portion to desired thickness to form a log.

Using a knife cut log into 2cm pieces. Give each piece a little pinch to form shape and place on floured tray. Make sure there is space between gnocchi.

When all dough is cut into pieces and placed on tray, refrigerate for 10 minutes so they can firm up.

Bring water to boil and blanche in batches. It should only take around three minutes or until they reach the top of the water.

Use slotted spoon to transfer cooked gnocchi to iced water. This will stop them from overcooking.

They are now ready to be cooked with your favourite sauce. Try pan frying with a little oil or butter as it gives the gnocchi a golden colour and buttery taste.



Everyone remembers that famous scene from the Godfather III.  Now we all know how to make Gnocchi....

Everyone remembers that famous scene from the Godfather III.  Now we all know how to make Gnocchi....

All Day Breakfast Specials

As if our All Day Breakfast Menu wasn't big enough already, 20 nomnoms to choose from, but who's counting, we've added a few extra specials....

Haloumi, House Made Baked Beans and Nutella Pancakes feature on our new All Day Breakfast Specials Menu.  

Our regular A La Carte Breakfast Menu is also still available.  

Open from 7.30am and serving breakfast all day everyday.  

Corporate Breakfast Bookings welcome and remember you can Pre-Order so you can get on with business.   Our Pre-Order Form is in the Menu Section. 



Smashed Avocado on toast | Haloumi | Roast tomato 18.50


Poached Eggs | Chorizo Sausage | Haloumi | Smoked Kipfler Potatoes 22.50


House Made Baked Beans on Toast 12.80


Nutella Pancakes 18.50

+ ice-cream 2.00


Extras as per A La Carte Menu


Yes.....If you're wondering,  we're still looking.  If you meet the criteria, I invite you to apply.  We'd love to hear from you.    Ritsa Nicholas 14th May 2016. 

Elaia Licensed Café is an established business that has been in operation for 20 years.  Our Kitchen operates from 7.30am to 8.00pm Monday to Saturday and 7.30am to 3.00pm Sunday. We offer a full A La Carte menu with takeaway wine and food as an option. The successful applicants must have proven Barista, Sales, Hospitality and Leadership experience. Must be self motivated and possess a commitment and passion for hospitality. Must be able to commit to weeknights and weekends. Must hold current Tasmanian RSA. The successful applicants will undergo our In-House Training and Induction to become our core Front Of House Team for 2016.
If you see yourself as a Elaia ‘fit’, then email us your resume on bookings@elaia.com.au

This position suits individuals who have completed their studies and wish to pursue a career in hospitality.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Applicants which meet the above criteria with proven experience to support it will be notified for interview within a week of application.


We are open on Mother's Day Sunday 8th May from 7.30am to 3.00pm.  Sitting times are as follows:

Breakfast [1st sitting] 8.00am - 9.30am

Breakfast [2nd sitting] 9.45am - 11.15am

Lunch 12.00pm - 2.00pm

To confirm and secure your booking, all Mother's Day Bookings require a deposit of $50 which is deducted from the final bill on the day.  


To book call us on 63 313307 or email bookings@elaia.com.au



Trading Hours Over Easter

Thursday March 24th 7.30am - 8.00pm [approx kitchen closing time]

Friday March 25th Closed

Saturday March 26th 7.30am - 8.00pm [approx kitchen closing time]

Sunday March 27th 7.30am - 3.00pm

Monday March 28th Closed

Tuesday March 29th 7.30am - 8.00pm [approx kitchen closing time]

For bookings contact us on 03 63313307 or email bookings@elaia.com.au

Wishing you all a safe and happy Easter.... from all the Team @ Elaia Cafe

Celebrate your hero on FATHERS DAY

We are open on Father's Day Sunday 6th September from 7.30am to 3.30pm.  Sitting times are as follows:

Breakfast [1st sitting] 8.00am - 9.30am

Breakfast [2nd sitting] 9.45am - 11.15am

Lunch 12.00pm - 2.00pm

To confirm and secure your booking, all Father's Day Bookings require a deposit of $50 which is deducted from the final bill on the day.  

To book call us on 63 313307 or email bookings@elaia.com.au

#hero #celebrate #fathersday #food #coffee #cake #wine

Harvey our night time guy is also a Dad and apparently in his spare time a Super Hero.   Wouldn't expect anything less from you Harvey!  Happy Father's Day! 

Eat, Drink and Run For A Wish

This year Elaia Cafe are one of the proud sponsors for Run For A Wish Launceston.   In addition to the support of their major event held in October this year, we will be holding our own Elaia Cafe in house fundraising events. 

Our target is to raise $15,000 for Run For A Wish Launceston. 

How Are We Going To Raise $15,000?   By eating and drinking of course!  Every day of every week beginning 1st June and ending 31st October will be a fundraising day.   We have come up with a theme for each day of the week. 

Monday Pizza & Pasta Night  Feel less guilty eating those carbs knowing 10% of sales of pizza, pasta and risotto, eat in or takeaway will be donated to Run For A Wish. [available every Monday 5.00pm to 8.00pm]

Tuesday BYO for a Wish Night  Elaia maybe a fully licensed cafe but I couldn't resist the idea of BYO for Run For A Wish.  Between 5.00pm and 8.00pm on a Tuesday night, bring a friend or two and your own bottle of wine to enjoy with your dinner.  Corkage of $10 per bottle will be donated to Run For A Wish. [available every Tuesday 5.00pm-8.00pm. Bottled wine only].

Wednesday Hump Day  Need a sweetener for this time of the week?  Enjoy your cake and coffee for morning tea, afternoon tea or dessert after your meal and 10% of sales of all things sweet from our dessert cabinet will be donated to Run For A Wish. [available every Wednesday 7.30am- 8.00pm]

Thursday That Takeaway Coffee Never Tasted So Good  If you drink small sized takeaway coffee you may wish to upsize to a regular and 10% of sales of regular takeaway coffees will be donated to Run For A Wish. [available every Thursday 7.30am - 8.00pm]

Friday Happy Hour  Friday knock off drinks just got better.  Between 4.00pm and 6.00pm 10% of sales of wine, beer and cocktails will be donated to Run For A Wish. [available every Friday 4.00pm-6.00pm]

Saturday & Sunday = Stars Day  Every weekend our Team will select from our menu their Star Choice and 10% of sales of the Star Choice will be donated to Run For A Wish. [available Saturday and Sunday]

Tips For A Wish  So we may have run out of days of the week, but one day each week all tips will be donated to Run For A Wish.

Join us at Elaia Cafe from June 1st and get involved in delivering wishes to as many children with life-threatening illnesses as we can. 

If you live interstate or overseas then you can make a donation directly on our Run For A Wish Donation Page.   Your donation will go directly towards reaching our goal of $15,000.  

Clink on this link now https://runforawish2015.everydayhero.com/au/ritsa

Remember our target is $15,000... so get ready, set, goooo!

Thankyou in advance for your generosity.  It really means a lot!

Ritsa, Perry and The Team @ElaiaCafe

#eatforawish #drinkforawish #runforawish


Run For A Wish Launceston Committee



We are open ANZAC DAY from

7.30am to 3.30pm

To book ring us on 63 313307 or email bookings@elaia.com.au


We are open Mothers Day from 7.30am to 3.30pm.  Sitting times are as follows:

Breakfast [1st sitting] 7.45am or 8.00am - 9.30am

Breakfast [2nd sitting] 9.45am or 10.00 am- 11.30am

Lunch [1st sitting] 12.00pm or 12.15 - 2.15pm

Lunch [2nd sitting] 2.30pm

To secure and confirm your booking, all Mothers Day Bookings require a deposit of $50 which is deducted from the final bill on the day.  

As we are sharing Mothers Day with Agfest weekend this year, we encourage bookings to avoid missing out.   To book ring us on 63 313307 or email bookings@elaia.com.au


If you're already over chocolate Easter Eggs, then let the kids enjoy them and for the more developed palate, you will want something more refined and why not?  You deserve it.   Top off your Easter with this perfect dessert.   The Tiramisu.

As an Easter treat for you, we are sharing our recipe.    This is the original recipe that we have been using at Elaia for the last 20 years.  It has been tweaked along the way but we think this recipe is a winner!  We hope you enjoy making it and eating it as much as we do.  


Coffee Mixture

  • 450 mls strong black coffee
  • 3/4 cup castor sugar
  • good splash of Kahlua
  • 1 packet of Savoiardi Sponge Finger Biscuits

Cream Cheese Mixture

  • 150g softened cream cheese
  • 600mls cream
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar

Cocoa Powder for dusting


Combine the coffee, 3/4 cup castor sugar and Kahlua.   Allow to cool.

Beat the sugar, softened cream cheese and the cream until well combined. 

Dip the biscuits in the coffee just enough to cover.  Do not soak.

Cover the base of a small baking dish with a layer of biscuits.  

Cover the biscuits with a layer of cream cheese mixture. 

Dust cream cheese layer with cocoa powder.

Repeat layers until top layer is Cream Cheese mixture.

Dust generously with cocoa powder.     Refrigerate before serving. 

Decorate with chocolate ganache and cream quenelles and dusting of icing sugar.  


Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Refrigeration Time before serving: 2 hours minimum.  

If possible make a day in advance before serving as the coffee and Kahlua flavours infuse the biscuits and is more moist.  It also allows the layers to set which looks nicer when serving. 

Don't soak the biscuits in the coffee as it will cause them to go soggy and will fall apart when serving.   Just a quick 'dunk' in the coffee is all that is needed.  

Tia Maria liqueur can also be used instead of Kahlua.



Love this time of the year when our new Elaia Team members settle in, get to know each other, our guests and also get the opportunity to meet Peter Caldwell, winemaker of Dalrymple Vineyards and Simon Best our Belaroma Coffee distributor.    Anything to do with wine and coffee has to be good. 

Peter Caldwell was our guest speaker at our Team Wine Tasting held at the beginning of March.  Accompanied by Phil Meyer, distributor of Samuel Smith & Negociants they both enlightened, charmed and entertained our team members in all things wine, wine making, tasting and even opening bottles of wine with a cork!

We sampled 12 wines in total – 6 white and 6 red and yes there was a pizza break in the middle because wine always tastes better with food.  

Some of the favourites were the Tasmanian Dalrymple Single Site Bicheno Pinot Noir, Parish Vineyard Riesling, Jansz Single Vineyard Vintage Chardonnay and the Yalumba Scribbler Cabernet Shiraz [sa] got a few votes as well

We had a few laughs at the individual 'tasting notes'.. so don't be surprised if they use them on you when they suggest your next bottle of wine!

Now for the coffee...later that week, our Team Members also had the opportunity for some Barista training.   

Simon our Belaroma Coffee distributor was the trainer for the day and covered all the basics of making espresso, understanding the equipment, grinder adjustment, milk preparation and latte art. 

It was great to see them get back to work excited, enthusiastic and ready to put their Barista skills to the test!   

Look forward to seeing you all soon. 

Ritsa, Perry and the Elaia Team.

#coffee #wine #food #dessert #elaiacafe


Back at Elaia.... ready to use our espresso machines.

Complete with our very own Elaia Staff Wine Manual.

Complete with our very own Elaia Staff Wine Manual.

Peter and Phil pouring a 'splash' of wine for us

Peter and Phil pouring a 'splash' of wine for us

Sampling different varietals of wine.

Sampling different varietals of wine.

Now that's a serious looking espresso machine!

Now that's a serious looking espresso machine!

Nice shots!

Nice shots!

Thankyou For Your Support of BOFR

What a fantastic month we've had so far with our fundraising for BOFR.   Pink Cupcakes,  No Peeking Envelopes, hefty donations made in the BOFR donation box.  Thankyou to all for your generous support! 

But it's not over yet!  Now in our last week, we are commencing our Set Menu Fundraiser which runs all of this week for lunch and dinner.   

20% from the sale of each Set Menu will be donated to BOFR proudly supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation.   You can enjoy 2 courses for $50 or 3 courses for $60.  Make sure you bring your appetite with you!  

Remember if you're still hanging on to your No Peeking Envelope, you have until Saturday night to redeem it.   There are $100 Dinner Vouchers still to be redeemed!  

Again thankyou for your support and see you all soon. 

Ritsa & Perry Nicholas