OK so trying to look after twin toddlers, work part time and maintain a blog hasn’t really been possible of late… so I thought I’d make up for it by letting you know where I’ve been eating (sorry, not many photos). Some are old favourites but there are some new ones in there too. Some hints – great coffee, Mexican, local Japanese, and some new finds in Brunswick Heads and the Sunny Coast…
So where do I go when we get a date and time away from the boys (who, by the way, do not love sitting quietly at cafes)? The usual suspects really…. Commune at Burleigh Heads, The Millers Hands at Mudgeeraba, or Blackboard Espresso at Varsity Lakes. I was very sad to see Feather and Docks at Burleigh close down recently :(. Hopefully they will find some new premises and open up somewhere close soon! (I hear maybe Palm Beach…?)
During May I visited Blackboard and tried their Slow cooked spicy beans with a crispy egg (poached egg crumbed in crunchy panko crumb). See the pic – it was delicious! I also finally gave in and had their salted caramel donut. Whilst initially it looked like there wasn’t enough caramel it’s actually quite rich so was pretty well balanced (although really, who couldn’t use more salted caramel in their lives?). Yes, Blackboard is more expensive than other GC cafes but I think it’s worth it for the odd treat. Note – their menu changes often so the dish I had might not be available. Having said that, I love a menu that changes with the seasons and produce.
I was also lucky enough to have another brekky out this week (spoiled I know) at Commune. Their corn fritters with chunky avocado and coriander salsa are consistently great, as is their coffee.
Recently I’ve started following Siguenos Taco Truck on Instagram. Food trucks became very popular in Melbourne years ago and I’ve been crossing my fingers that someone would use the same concept up here on the GC. My sis and I stopped in and had a couple of tacos each which were fresh and delicious. Also I’m not usually a Chicken Wing fan but they have some amazing hot wings (sans all the gross tendony bits) with beautiful ranch sauce that were the bomb.
On a similar note, I can’t wait to try Pop Taco at Currumbin. I’m also Instagram stalking Pop Taco and by the looks of their photos and posts they really know Mexican food.
I was very excited to try some good local Japanese a couple of weeks ago at Wa Zen in West Burleigh (near Fleays). They have only just opened and have a simple (lunch diner style) inexpensive menu. My lunch was great – fresh Salmon and avocado sushi, then a Torikatsu-don (crispy chicken schnitzel with mayo and bulldog sauce on rice), along with green tea. All for $15.50. I’ve since been back twice and highly recommend it.
And whilst I’m on the subject of Japanese, I was very excited to hear that the lovely owners of Commune, Mitch and Nerissa, are opening an Izakaya soon. An Izakaya is a Japanese bar that serves bar snacks. We ate at some in Japan and loved them. Knowing Mitch and Nerissa it will be great, again crossing fingers it’s somewhere near Burleigh.
I also went for high tea for a treat at Teavine House which is on Tallebudgera Creek Road. It’s a lovely venue with lovely gardens and all the trimmings in the dining area – lace tablecloths, gorgeous ceramic tea cups and saucers, and a three tiered high tea platter that is all home made and very yummy (note – when I say home made, they bake the ham, cook the chicken in the sandwiches and bake the treats!). I was also impressed with their tea menu – with my friend we could order two loose leaf teas, both of which came in a silver pot. It’s a great place to catch up with ladies or those men who appreciate the art of high tea (not somewhere I’d take toddlers…). They also serve lunch, I didn’t get the chance to look at their menu but what I saw on other tables looked lovely.
We took a short trip to Mooloolaba in May and ended up breakfasting twice at The Velo Project, a great little cafe in a back street that was a short (albeit hilly!) walk from our hotel. Great coffee, great friendly vibe and most importantly, awesome food.
Also did a day trip down to Brunswick Heads recently which has some amazing little shops and cafes. Try Footbridge if you go there, enjoyed an awesome Vietnamese Pulled Pork Roll and the coffee was great.
So where else is on my list? I never make it up to the other end of the Coast but if I did Daark Espresso would be top of my list. Also I want to try Greenhouse (raw / healthy food) and the Outcider at Kirra. Other than that I’m dying to drive down to Bangalow and try Sparrow Coffee, a tiny little shop with three seats owned by the Harvest team. Their Instagram pictures make me drool…!