Elephant Rock Cafe is one of those places I keep meaning to get to… you’d think it wouldn’t be that hard, it’s about 10 minutes away.  Still, on the weekends Currumbin cafes can get a bit hectic, so we decided to head there for lunch during the week and try out their menu, and we weren’t disappointed.

The cafe was relatively quiet being a Monday lunch; we received a friendly greeting as we walked in and offered any table which was a nice way to start our lunch.  Our waitress brought over our menus and asked if we wanted anything to drink.  We both just decided on water (boring I know..).

Sime was keen on some Oysters so chose the Tempura Oysters with wasabi mayonnaise and wakame salad ($19 half dozen).  Our friendly waitress highly recommended the Oysters and said this dish was one of her favourites.  I decided on a light meal of entree size Lemon pepper dusted calamari salad with mint, pea, sugar snap and radish salad ($15).  Sime knew he would still be hungry (and I wanted to eat some of his chips) so he also ordered himself a Burger – grilled chicken tenderloins with avocado, bacon, tomato, iceberg and aioli ($18).

Sime’s oysters arrived and he loved them.  He said if I asked him if there was anything he didn’t like (i.e. if we pushed the issue), the wasabi mayo was a bit strong, but otherwise the oysters were cooked perfectly (light and crispy tempura) and the wakame / wasabi mayo combo was delicious.

 

My salad was also a winner.  Tender, perfectly cooked calamari with a tasty lemony spice blend, served with a sweet, crunchy green salad.  My dish also came with a little aioli which tasted great with the calamari and salad.

 

After our entrees and a little pause, the Chicken Burger arrived (sorry, no photo, we tucked in too quickly… occupational hazard).  Sime said it was good, basic flavours which is what he was expecting, and served on a white burger bun.  The only thing he didn’t like was the avocado which he said didn’t match with the rest of the flavours.  Otherwise, yummy.  I’m pleased to report the chips were fresh cooked, crispy and delicious 🙂

We enjoyed our lunch so much that we intend to head back to Elephant Rock for dinner one night.  The good part is, you can see all of their menus on the net, and they also serve a small tapas menu in the evenings.  As I said above, the service was great.  There were only two staff on downstairs, it did get quite busy and they managed to keep things well under control. We’ll definitely be back!

Loo review: Small but clean and modern – 7/10.

776 Pacific Parade, Currumbin Beach 5598 2133

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