Bumbles Café

Bumbles, on Budd’s Beach, is only a short walk from Surfers, but it could be miles away. There’s a relaxed sleepy feel to this riverside suburb. Even the cars drive slower on the flip side to the surf beach. It was a top spot for Kate Madison to open a café in 2000, following her other successful ventures: Café Mocha in Surfers, Madison’s and 3 Beans in Broadbeach.

We’ve dined at Bumbles a number of times since it opened, or stopped in for coffee and cake. It’s a gorgeous place to dine alfresco with the right company. Shaded by umbrellas you look across a grassy verge and towering palms to the meandering river, the unhurried pace personifying the best of Gold Coast living.

Bumbles1 So with much anticipation we looked forward to breakfast in the restaurant, which had been renovated during the previous year. It’s a beautiful reno. Inside, the restaurant is made up of several discreet area, cascading over a few levels, adding interest and giving a feel of intimacy to diners. There’s a very feminine and homely cottage feel to the decoration, and you could be forgiven for thinking that you’d entered a private beach house. There’s a lived in, comfortable and not so shabby chic vibe, with fresh flowers on every table, a wall of event and client photographs, and even a library room for book swapping – the perfect place to hold a book club lunch for 12!  No wonder it’s a popular haunt for ‘ladies who lunch’. For Gen Y there’s even wifi.

It would be easy to get so caught up in the decor that the food is forgotten, and even the service…

Bumbles6 Orders are taken as soon as we arrive, almost brusquely, and our coffees come soon after. The Genovese coffee is caramel smooth and milky, in mugs as big as bowls; perfect for the bean shy, but perhaps too light for those who prefer a strong blend. Our breakfasts arrive soon after, but so does a pile of dirty plates, picked up from another table and dumped carelessly on ours by the waitress, as she goes off to do something else. We stare open mouthed at the gaffe. I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to eat with a pile of dirty dishes sitting on the table.

Bumbles2 But back to the food…it was freshly made but underwhelming. It lacked the generosity of spirit, the exciting combinations and finer touches of presentation that you’d expect for the price. The hollandaise sauce was not freshly made and the serving size was a tad small for the guys. No, the waitress informs me, the avocado and goat’s cheese on toast does not come with an egg – eggs cost another $5.50. No, it’s not possible to order one egg; they come as a pair.  I’d really love to say that I was crazy about the meal, but the food and service fell short of our expectations. Perhaps we just got a bad day, but somehow the whole experience felt as though Bumbles was resting a bit too comfortably on its location and reputation.

Yes, we’ll go back again, as the cake selection looks far too good to miss. Maybe a trip there with the girls for coffee and cake overlooking the view might be the best bet.

NOTE: We’ve heard of many good experiences since our review and hope to go back to this gorgeous venue sometime soon to update our review.
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  1. David Lee, 5 years ago

    Bumbles was excellent when we went a few years ago,but in our opinion has really gone downhill.
    The menus presented were different to those displayed on their website.All the fresh flowers on the tables and around the walls were dead or brown and dying.Should have been thrown out weeks ago.The food was well below average,the servings mean,and well over priced for what it wasI And not withstanding being seated inside in air conditioned comfort,we were plagued by flies,that kept coming in through the unscreened front door.
    We are locals,but will never return,and certainly wouldn`t recommend Bumbles to any of our friends.

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  2. Kris, 5 years ago

    I just got back from Bumbles Cafe minutes ago. My partner and I were just there to celebrate an anniversary. Turns out, the only celebration was leaving. Happy Friday the 13th breakfast.

    Where do I start? We sat down in a nice little corner up the back, but were still within ear-shot of everyone else. You could even hear other people complaining. We perused the menu and I ordered a latte. We chose eggs Benedict w/ avocado.

    The food came out within minutes – it was actually too fast. The eggs were organic and looked awesome, however, they were covered in what tasted like packet hollandaise. You had no choice whether you wanted it on everything, or nothing. The eggs sat on top of a barely toasted english muffin. What, can’t afford to make or buy sourdough? Please – it was worse than what my mum would make when I go and visit her. There was about 1/4 avocado/plate too.

    This might not sound too bad, however, at 17$ PLUS ADDED GST WHEN YOU PAY THE BILL, it soon becomes outrageous.

    The coffee was no better. The milk was not textured, the coffee was too hot and it had no flavour. I didn’t even finish it.

    I realised why when we were paying – it appeared that the barista had minimal training and did not love coffee. I watched her heat milk and leave it to sit at the machine while she prepped cups and saucers. The espresso that had been ‘freshly’ brewed sat in a glass, and after we swiped our card and the transaction went through, she smashed the milk on the counter and then poured it into the glass. There was no love going into that coffee.

    We did order a juice though, and that was good. It was tasty and fresh – and had just the right amount of ice in it.

    The view is nice, and the place has potential to have good atmosphere… though I will never be back. Ever. Happy anniversary to us. What a waste of daily-calorie-intake

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