More likely than not, by now you know the Guru Life name.
And if you don’t, well then, for sure you’ve heard about a middle-of-nowhere cafe that dishes up Insta-worthy breakfasts, velvety coffee, and even has their very own duck feeding pond. Sounds familiar now, doesn’t it?
We take our job of eating and drinking across the Sunshine Coast very seriously, and when we discovered that some, okay, a lot of you, don’t know a very important fact about Guru Life we thought “hey, it’s up to us to share it”. And so here we are, with a piece of info that could very well change your weekends from here on out.
Put simply, Guru Life is open nights! Hurrrrrrrah! Now, we’re not pretending this is new news, because the boys did actually launch their after-dark offerings back in December. But, we do know, that you might not have been to Guru for ages, and so would have no inkling that a whole heap has changed.
Opening at night has been on the cards since Guru Life opened back in 2015, but now it’s happening for real, we knew we had to go and check it out for ourselves. Note: No drinks were drunk or food was eaten, it was all just for the photos. #yeahright
We arrived and found a posi in the garden—although had it rained, the covered deck would’ve been our go-to. Surrounded by festoon lights and towering palms, we instantly checked into “holiday time”.
The menu is a ridic fusion of everything we love. There’s small sharing-style plates, think: smoked mussels in a garlic and thyme oil with toasted ciabatta, crispy chicken wings (in a half or 1kg serve) and Sichuan calamari.
For those who are more into stuffing themselves silly than sharing, head straight to the Garden Classics where you’ll find the likes of hefty burgers and good ol’ fish and chips. But that’s not all.
Saving the best till last, there’s the “Boards” section of the menu, which we diligently hit up on our visit. Essentially, these are lavish boards decked out with a selection of more-ish tasting plates, made to share between two people. The Vegetarian Goddess is perfect for vegos and vegans, but we opted to take our tastebuds on a journey between the La Mar and the Yakitori Golden Gai boards. And ohmygawd. Where do we even start?!
La Mar focuses primarily on seafood (duh!) and is loaded up with calamari, smoked salmon, fish goujon, mussels, anchovies, and more. The Yakitori Golden Gai, on the other hand, is a delish combination of yakitori—pork belly and grape tomatoes, chicken and Japanese leek, and salmon and avocado—served with rice, tempura asparagus (fave!), pickled ginger… you get the picture.
Now, let’s be honest, a dinner out isn’t complete unless alcohol is involved, so you’ll be pleased to hear that Guru Life is licensed. These guys know their way around tasty bevvies but just to make sure, we sipped on a super fresh cocktail jug, espresso martinis, pina coladas, and other lip-smacking concoctions that tasted oh-so-fine. There’s also a range of Australian, New Zealand, and French wines on offer, plus beer on tap for da boyz.
In all seriousness though, nights at Guru Life are awesome. Sure, you’ve been there a bunch to scoff back their gigantic breakfasts, but really, you haven’t had the full Guru experience till you’ve checked them out after the sun goes down.
Open for dinner Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, add this joint to your Sunshine Coast restaurant bucket list—it’ll blow your thongs off.
Where: 522 Petrie Creek Road, Rosemount
When: Open for dinner Friday to Sunday, from 3pm
Image Credit: Moriah Overell for Metropolist