Tarte Bakery & Cafe
Created by the ex-owner of renowned cafe, Paddock Bakery, you’ll fall head over heels in love with Tarte Bakery & Cafe in Burleigh Heads.
A collision of Parisian and New York style can be felt in the forward-facing tables that hug a grand, charcoal grey custom-built façade—typical of establishments found in NYC’s fashionable SoHo and West Village districts. Brass accents are scattered throughout, from vintage train luggage racks stacked with bread to the trim on the custom La Marzocco coffee machine. Other design elements worth lingering to appreciate include mid-century pendant lights shipped over from Amsterdam and the 100-year-old movie theatre counter repurposed as the cafe’s main display counter. The overall result is refined, elegant yet oh so welcoming.
Tarte’s standout menu is unlike anything else in town and serves as a memoir of the owner’s international dining adventures over the past decade. Tarte’s range of French-inspired open-faced Tartines include the vibrant Spring Tartine—sourdough generously loaded with all shades of green from shaved zucchini to edamame, avocado, asparagus, watermelon radish and mint. Or the deliciously layered sweet and savoury Tartine with roasted grapes on a bed of whipped ricotta, topped with honey and pops of thyme.
Food envy is guaranteed across the table, as you and your brunch pals tuck into plates of miso scrambled eggs sprinkled with fine grated parmesan and togarashi (Japanese spice), or the Bullseye Bang consisting of bacon, fried eggs, avo and house chilli sambal atop Tarte’s NYC Everything bagel.
Luring crowds from all corners of the Coast, Tarte’s baked offerings are the ultimate mouth and eye candy. Peer through windows into the bakehouse where talented artisans produce treats worth jumping in the car for. From the five different flaky, buttery tarts (our favourite is the rhubarb and custard) or the addictive Cruller doughnut-hybrid—crispy on the outside with a soft centre—covered in cinnamon sugar or, our pick, the maple glaze.
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