I’ve gone off the radar of late but I’m back with some great news – I’ve found and tried some new cafes that I love.  Yay!  Big thank you to my wonderful friend who’s in the know (thanks Jen!) for wording me up.  So love the quality and variety of new places opening up in my home town.  I feel spoiled for choice when I want to have brekky or lunch these days, love it!

Paddock Bakery, Miami

The love the owners have for good food, bread, coffee and interior design is evident the moment you arrive.  A beautifully restored old home with some amazing fixtures and a fantastic fit out, fresh and tasty food, and Single Origin beans with some ex-Canteen baristas on the machine.

Highlights so far for me are their muffins (last one I had was banana, salted caramel and almond), their brekky sourdough pizza, and awesome coffee.  The salads also look fresh, healthy and tasty.  On the flipside of the health scale friends have recommended that I try their donuts, particularly the caramel glazed sourdough donuts (they sell out most days, and Paddock only opened a week or two ago!).  They wood fire oven roast their own granola.  And of course – the bread!  Wood fired organic sourdough which Sime finds a bit heavy but tastes yum.

Parking is a bit tough at the moment but it looks like their car park is due to open any time soon.  Also they will be getting a high chair (hopefully plural for those of us with more squids!?) soon.

Paddock is in the industrial area in Hibiscus Haven near the corner of Christine Avenue.

Alfred’s Diner, Mermaid Beach

What do you get when you team up a cool retro style men’s barber with the guys from Black Coffee Lyrics?  An awesome little diner with great coffee and a reasonable but delicious looking menu.  The coffee is served from a retro look caravan from an impressive looking machine and is the business.

The seating is picnic style on the lawn under umbrellas, with some cushions and a rug on the lawn for the ultimate in gourmet picnicking.  I will say it could get pretty hot here on a Queensland summer’s day but there was a nice breeze when we had our brekky.

We both had the Brekky Burrito ($10) – simple but delicious and tasty with some coriander, bacon, citrus and tomato flavours.  Other items on the menu also inspired me including acai bowls, a brekky wrap and for lunch hot dogs or a pulled pork taco (mmm).

I went back yesterday and had their brekky roll ($10) which was delicious and filling.  Only thing is, the bread roll is one of those floury ones so it’s a messy proposition for breakfast (certainly not ‘date food’.. ha ha!).  One of those times I’m glad I now carry baby wipes – the napkins just didn’t cut it for clean up.  Still, yummy, just be aware of the fallout!

Alfred’s is around the corner from Vintage Espresso on the GC Highway (southbound side).  Another new must try.

Here are a couple of other places on my list to visit:

  • Grocer and Grind, cnr TE Peters Drive and Sunshine Boulevard, Broadbeach
  • Blackboard Coffee Roasters, Capri on Via Roma, Isle of Capri.  There are four cafes in this complex (yes, 4…!), Blackboard is by the same owners of the Varsity Cafe which I love.  This cafe overlooks the water and is in the retail food section of the new Capri on Via Roma Development.  Foodies will love this new centre – gourmet grocer, Manolos Bros Deli, high end Chocolate shop, Baker, and a few other specialty stores.
  • Bambi Deluxe, 18 Stuart Street, Coolangatta.  A friend at work showed me the GC Bulletin’s recent ’10 Best Coffee Places’ article and this was on it so I did some more research.  Am keen to try it despite not being a fan of the GC Bulletin (and when I say, “not a fan”, it’s more like a sense of embarrassment that this is our city’s paper… really!?).
  • Drift Espresso, Coolangatta.  There are some inconsistent ratings on Beanhunter about Drift’s Coffee, but I walked past recently and their menu and fitout look very interesting.
  • Little Mali, Coolangatta.  Despite having no seating Little Mali offers some amazing looking salads and sandwiches plus picnic rugs for those who would like to enjoy their food at Rainbow Beach or in the Park.  Last time my sis tried coffee there she wasn’t super impressed but I want to give it a try.
  • OK it’s not a cafe as such, but Two Brothers at Nobbys Beach (32 Lavarack Road) do Fish and Chips with a difference, with a focus on sustainable and quality product.  Plus they are BYO if you are dining in – have heard good things and can’t wait to try!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these – if so, just post a comment and let us know what you thought 🙂