Caffe Republic, Bundall

Ever since Peter Dufty became our ‘Paleo Pinup’ chef for the Gold Coast, we’d been waiting for this change: the integration of paleo cuisine into the mainstream menu of Caffe Republic. A classically trained ‘master chef’ who has jumped the culinary fence from haute cuisine (Cha Cha Char and Restaurant Bespoke in Brisbane, Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge and Palazzo Versace) to healthy eating, leaving behind 30+ kg on the way, Peter never banged on about the source of his transformation, but it was quietly evident in the menu, his specials board filled with paleo dishes for those who chose them.

Caffe republic 4 Now there’s lifestyle integration with gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo clearly marked by symbols on the menu. In the ‘All Day Brekkie’ section, there are the usual suspects: Poached eggs on toast, Eggs Bene, and a Seasonal fruit bowl with Coyo coconut yoghurt and chia topped with organic raw paleo granola ($16). Many large appetite mainstream diners will choose the Primal Grill – 2 eggs, crispy bacon, 150g sirloin, mushrooms and spinach cooked in organic garlic butter ($22.50) – a meat-lover’s delight which could easily bridge two meals.

Caffe republic 2 I bypass the specials board and the lunch menu with its plethora of great choices, choosing Hot smoked ocean trout, served with sweet potato rosti, avo, poached eggs and chimmichurri sauce ($21) for brunch.

Caffe republic 3B I’m keen to try Pete’s paleo coffee. Firstly, the Republic Bulletproof coffee: two shots of organic espresso with organic coconut oil and organic butter whipped through it, served in a demi-tasse cup. It’s hard core and I manage little more than a couple of sips; definitely not for the uninitiated! Even the Organic Cold Brew coffee with coconut butter is a shock for cows’ milk drinkers, the high density fat of the coconut satiating to the point of being overpowering in mouth feel and flavour.

Caffe Republic 1 But the best thing ever is waiting for me around the corner: Snake Oil’s lemon and ginger kombucha on tap. It’s so delicious and refreshing.

‘To every man his chosen poison’, I think as I ponder the morning’s dining experience. Beneath the newly graffitied wall, Caffe Republic’s menu brings integration of lifestyle dining into a mainstream menu. Let food be your medicine! (Updated June 2015)

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August 2012: Caffe Republic in Bundall is a treasure, and for us an expected surprise! Driving past Bronberg Plaza every day on the way to work, there’s nothing to really catch your eye, so when I suggested that we stop there for a quick birthday brekkie on our way to work, it was more for convenience than anything else. No big expectations.

How wrong could I be!

Before I start, I’ve got to set the scene. I’d done a bit of a whinge about breakfast quality lately, and it’s my birthday. Tough call! Poached eggs on doorstop white bread just doesn’t cut it with me, even if you add bacon or smoked salmon, hollandaise sauce out of a bottle, or even if you present me with a half decent omelette with cheddar cheese…Get my drift? Where’s the adventure; the journey we wish to take into unfamiliar territory?

Caffe Republic 6 I’m looking for something excitingly different, and I rarely find it. Give me Baked eggs “chachouka” served with Merguez sausage, Tunisian relish and pide, or Baked Spanish omelette with chat potato, Persian fetta, peas, shallots, basil pesto and pide, or even Spiced Passata beans with chorizo. Savoury, mystical, the travelling food suitcase – all at breakfast! Will I get that in Bundall? As I said, no high hopes.

I’ve got to admit that once inside, Caffe Republic is far more pleasant than it looks from the street. With red couches and khaki walls, splashed with the eye-catching red and white war era logo, it’s a sunny spot to relax in the morning away from the daily grind. The menu looks pretty interesting, but when the food arrives, our expectations are blown out of the water.

Caffe Republic 3 The Main Squeeze ordered Truffled mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese on Turkish with two poached eggs and balsamic reduction, which arrived featuring the United Nations – four types of fresh mushrooms: shitake, oyster, enoki and button, all fresh, truffled and beautifully presented. My Breakfast Bruschetta, with chunks of diced tomato, feta, olives and pesto served with crispy bacon and a poached egg was a deliciously fresh and tasty tower, somehow keeping meal envy at bay, all washed down with a mug of mellow House blend Piazza Doro coffee..

Given the food quality, freshness and presentation, we see the menu in a different light: a special of Grilled bacon and chorizo with eggs, goat cheese, rocket and bean sauce all wrapped and toasted in a flour tortilla with guacamole on the side (now that’s a return trip!), Homemade banana bread (gluten and dairy free if you wish), Crispy bacon poached eggs, hollandaise on bubble and squeak (and you can bet that the hollandaise is not out of a jar!), or Toasted muesli laced with goji berries and chia. All dishes are made in house and fresh to order.

Caffe Republic 1 Judging by breakfast, we’ll also have to investigate lunch, or even their catering for a special event. A little research would have told us that owners Peter and Leena Dufty bring their experience in Cha Cha Char and Restaurant Bespoke in Brisbane, Peppers Spicers Peak Lodge and Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast, together with an enthusiastic team, to this humble suburban establishment. So the quality of the food should come as no surprise.

Peter Dufty-001 Reviewing food establishments is a lot like reading books: you get the idea that there’s something fabulous just around the corner that you’ve missed, something that you’ve not heard about yet, maybe even something grand and exciting! Maybe ‘grand’ is taking it a bit far, but our brekkie at Caffe Republic was quite unexpectedly exciting, and we’ll be back for more!

Shop 1, Bronberg Plaza, 138 – 162 Slatyer Ave., Bundall Ph: 07 5539 3060

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