Rise ‘n’ shine couldn’t be a more apt phrase for us Coasters.
A lot of us rise early and the sun is ALWAYS shining, so whoever came to the conclusion that breakfast was the most important meal of the day is saint-worthy in our eyes. If you go to bed excited about what you are going to eat for breakfast, then this round up of the Gold Coast’s best new meals to break the fast is for you.
Coconut Chia Bowl | Parlour Coffee
Off the beaten track and nestled away in Burleigh, Parlour Coffee might just be GC’s best-kept secret. With a farmhouse-style menu, it’s hard to go past the Coconut Chia Bowl, with rhubarb and rosewater compote, topped with roasted pistachio, toasted coconut, and pretty petals. It tastes like summer and needs to be on your 2017 brekkie bucket list.
Maple Macadamia Pancakes | Sozo Square
This new dig couldn’t be more worthy of crossing the border and losing an hour for. SOZO Square is a vegetarian haven with food that excites the body, mind and soul. Maple macadamia pancakes are the standout with raw banana ice cream, pear cashew cream, toasted nuts, coconut shavings, candied macadamias and fresh seasonal fruits. Sitting pretty with a beetroot, lavender or charcoal latte, it’s easy to see being vegetarian is a lot more satisfying than simple salads and tasteless tofu.
Deconstructed Acai Sorbet | Bear Espresso
Bear Espresso has a philosophy of presentation and plating and is worth a stop by just for the cute bear peeking at you from your insta-worthy brew. In all honesty, you really can’t go wrong especially with the deconstructed acai sorbet, drizzled with organic honey and topped with dehydrated orange, granola and coconut-crumbed frozen yoghurt, gooseberry puree, banana and cinnamon mousse, and a crisp waffle cone. Drool.
Waffles | Blackboard Coffee
Sitting pretty in their newly renovated space in Varsity, Blackboard Coffee is not known simply for their specialty-graded coffee, but also their ridiculous breakfast menu. Blackboard waffles are next level and are served with a chai yoghurt gelato and a ginger and macadamia crumb, plus blueberries and sprinkled with icing sugar. Swoon!
Beachside Acai Bowls | Paddock Pop-up
Fear not, now you don’t have to leave the beach when you realise you are famished in this sweltering summer heat. Stop by Paddock Bakery’s seaside sister venue at gorgeous Talle Creek and nab one of their famous acai bowls that are topped with their own wood-fired granola and pistachio crumble. Just enough to keep you feeling frosty and fresh!
Avocado Smash | Sandbar
If you need a reason to venture to Surfers Paradise, then this is it. Sandbar has a sassy new look, and a scrumptious new menu. Trust us when we say look no further than the Smashed Avocado though, it comes adorned with poached eggs, jalapeño salsa and crumbled feta—a true crowd favourite. Washed down with a salted caramel thick shake, makes the perfect brekkie date.
Banana Cinnamon Pancakes | Real Food Kitchen
Gluten-free peeps unite; Real Food Kitchen is a healthy and happy cafe in the heart of Burleigh where gluten and refined-sugar are not welcome. Real food doesn’t just mean greens and beans around here, think fluffy banana cinnamon pancakes with caramel sauce and coconut ice cream, completely guilt and gluten free. Need we say more?
Lamb Rib Benny | Fingers And Bones
This Mermaid Beach delight does it all; catering, supper clubs and a menu that changes monthly. Dennis and Leigh pride themselves on getting back to the roots with simple foods, made exceptionally well. It’s no wonder, since they are both Jamie Oliver protégés. Fingers And Bones’ The Lamb Rib Benny is a take on an old classic, still with eggs and hollandaise, but with succulent and juicy lamb ribs. You’ll never be satisfied a regular benny again.
Paleo Breakfast Feast | Green Days
Abundant gardens of green foliage, flowing water and soft music sets the scene for the most relaxing breakfast you can imagine at this opulent oasis in Bundall. Green Days’ Paleo Breakfast Feast is not for the faint-hearted or the fickle; eggs your way, chorizo, bacon, baby tomatoes, potato and onion hash, avocado, spinach, and chilli jam…now that’s our jam—a perfectly-balanced brekkie.
Local Super Salad | Local & Co.
Tedder Avenue’s Local & Co. is known for creative and colourful dishes served alongside specialty coffee and super smoothies. Word of advice, go for the Super Salad filled with mixed quinoa, fresh greens, sweet potato, broccolini, avocado, tomatoes, almond flakes, Persian feta, and lime dressing. This is to balance out the Explosion Shake that you need in your life. Overflowing with Nutella, ice cream, skim milk, chocolate flakes, and Nutella waffles…Only the best way to start your day.
Chocolate Protein Pancake Stack | Meraki Kitchen
Meraki Kitchen is a holistic and wholefood haven that’s namesake is a Greek word used to describe doing something with soul or love. The Chocolate Protein Pancake stack did more than soothe our soul—we were very content in the fact the calories were similar to a standard smashed avo; gluten free and topped with chocolate sauce and vanilla cashew cream. Heart well and truly won.
Breakfast Poke Bowl | Caffeine Kings
A musty Laundromat turned punk rock, graffiti walled cafe that looks as if it was plucked from a Melbourne laneway, pumps out poke bowls on the daily. With a new summer menu including two different poke bowls, our pick is Caffeine Kings’ breakfast poke bowl. Filled to the brim with mushrooms, poached eggs, pan-fried garlic, chilli, kale, avocado, edamame, sprouts, and Japanese hollandaise on a beautiful bed of brown rice. So light, yet so satisfying!
Quinoa and Veganola Bowl | Niche and Co.
If you can peel yourself away from ordering one of the best acai bowls on the GC, then we urge you to try some of the other options on Niche and Co.’s magical new menu. The quinoa and veganola bowl is as pretty as a picture and topped with organic coconut, yoghurt, and fresh fruits. The new location found in the 4224 (that’s Tugun!) is so worthy of an Insta-snap with a funky, brightly-coloured mural in the alley as the ultimate backdrop.
French Toast | Cardamon Pod
With a purely plant-based offering and an ethos of nourishing from nature, it’s no wonder the head chefs at Cardamom Pod have had such success. The Ferryroad venue is vibrant, vegan and open for breakfasts with every dish resembling art on a plate. Our dish of choice is by far the chia-drenched French Toast with roasted green apple ice-cream, blackberry compote, salted caramel sauce, and an Anzac cookie crumble. Because it’s still considered “toast.”
Scrambled Tofu | Greenhouse Canteen
If one of your new year resolutions was to go vegan, then you’d be pleased to know Greenhouse Canteen are now offering a brunch menu on Sundays. Get a little out of your comfort zone and pick the scrambled tofu and coconut bacon croissant from the mouth-watering menu, and you might just stay on your vegan-blazing trail.
Bacon And Egg Brekkie Roll | Borough Barista
Pretty much a small hole in the wall, you’d be forgiven for thinking this is just a joint for brews and Burleigh views. Open from 5am, Borough Barista is one for the early risers. A sunrise swim, sand on your feet, an unassuming bacon and egg roll in one hand and a smooth latte in the other, is pretty much our standard way to start the day. This bacon and egg roll might not be “new” per say, but it’s one of the best brekkie rolls we’ve devoured on the GC.
The Escobar | Wildernis Café + Bar
Palm Beach is still having its moment and if you haven’t ventured to Wildernis yet, then we suggest you do quick smart and try The Escobar. The name says it all—a little bit Mexican and a little bit full on. Bacon, chilli eggs, spinach, mushroom, hash, mozzarella, and sweet chilli aioli all enclosed in one glorious wrap. Or spice up your life and add avocado and chorizo; even former PM Tony Abbott even gives it the thumbs up!
Photo Credit: Hayley Williamson for Metropolist