Koffee Shack

Owning a café in Burleigh would be on most would-be-restaurateurs’ bucket list. Burleigh’s one of those iconic places where the surf’s smoking and so are the patrons. There’s a ton happening there on the restaurant scene as well, in a laid back casual style, without the hype of the slicker upbeat Broadbeach scene.

But what sets one café apart from another on the restaurant strip?

Koffee Shack owner, Chris Du Plessis says it’s their coffee (the Golden Bean Bronze Medal winning Adore Estate brew), his insistence on daily fresh produce and a high quality of meals produced, as well as his willingness to listen to customer feedback.  Coming from a business background, Chris says the same rules apply to the food industry as do to other businesses: find out what the customers want and deliver it.

Koffee shack 1 It’s a Saturday morning and the café is buzzing. There’s an earthy feel to the place – functional and quietly funky without being over the top. The servery’s a gorgeous iron and granite bench which serves as a functional drink preparation space, split in two by a chilled display cabinet. Several wait staff are on the go delivering coffees, smoothies, fresh juices and meals, with service consistent and attentive.

The menu’s clearly marked with vegetarian options, a great touch with such health-conscious clientele.   No single ‘Pick me, pick me’ dish leaps out and grabs me, but when I look closer the Fresh fruit salad is $4 or $7.50 with honey and yoghurt, Eggs Bene or the Omelette choices are $13.90, pretty good value for dining at the beach! Most lunch options, including Chicken with polenta, Steak with salad and chips, or Salt and pepper calamari, are priced between $10 and $17.  

Koffee Shack 6 Under the tutorship of Swiss guests, I’d become a fan of Rösti, the rounded edge patty made from parboiled potatoes. It’s often referred to as the national dish of Switzerland, a meal in itself with the addition of some onion, bacon and a bit of nutty Swiss cheese. Koffee Shack’s version is different – the more rustic ‘potato fritter’ variety that Mum used to make, its ragged edges indicating that it’s made from raw potatoes. The fritters are cooked through, with the outer edges crisp and crunchy. Sandwiched between them are a few slices of bacon, a chunk of haloumi, topped off with a poached egg and hollandaise.  It’s a tasty meal, not greasy at all, and surprisingly filling.

The Main Squeeze orders a Big Brekkie. It’s a pretty standard home-style meal, which he loves, and like the Rösti it’s not greasy. He proclaims it to be the best bacon he’s had in a while, and an overall great breakfast! Best of all, for me, is the coffee – smooth, creamy and light without any hint of bitterness, just the way many Gold Coasters prefer.

Koffee shack 7 Koffee Shack’s fairly quiet, tucked away off the busy highway, and the café’s small enough to have a decent conversation without being drowned out by high decibel conversations echoing off tiles. The service is prompt, food is fresh, and we love the coffee!

31 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads Ph: 07 5576 4707

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Breakfast Burleigh Heads Coffee & Tea Dessert Lunch Main course $15 or less Main course $15 to $25 Restaurants Vegetarian , , , , , ,

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