Marie Anita’s

Put a background in marketing together with a passion for healthy food, youth and a ‘can do’ attitude, and you have Marie Anita’s Gluten-free Health Cafe. Marie James looks impossibly young to be a business owner, yet she’s taken the plunge. Her gluten-free, sugar-free health café caters for a range of diners who are often overlooked on other menus: those who want or need dairy free, sugar-free, vegetarian, vegan and/or raw food.

Now relocated to the former Vivre a Vie (later Fingers & Bones) site, Marie Anita’s is quiet and peaceful. It’s well placed beside Turtle Beach Resort, well placed to service lots of units around the area. With a large garden out the back, Marie has plans for a large deck to cater for functions, families and group dining. There’s parking nearby behind shops off Markeri Street and, decked out in pastel colours with comfortable dining chairs it’s a pleasant, welcoming space. Without a lot of walk by traffic, the quality of the food and service is sure to bring back regular diners.

Marie Anitas 2 Marie has also extended the menu for this new venue. Blackboards display the daily specials as well as the rustic loaves of gluten-free bread Marie has baked that morning in the back of the shop. Specialty dietary choices (such as DF, V etc.) are clearly displayed on the printed menu.

We find it easy to choose our breakfasts. We pass up on Pancakes with berry compote and organic coconut yoghurt, Wraps and Brekkie salad, choosing instead Mushrooms on toast served with poached eggs and a gluten-free ham steak. Even my simple request for a boiled egg, dukkah and asparagus is met with a smile. It’s tasty and nutritious.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse Cake_Marie Anita's Lunch choices include Grilled haloumi salad with organic pear, fennel, walnuts and lemon; Wild rice pilaf tossed with an exotic mushroom medley, organic spinach, parsley and spring onion; or perhaps the Smoked salmon with green pea, snow pea and avocado salad with citrus scented quinoa.  Accompanying our meals is a cup of Global Organic Coffee, roasted in Burleigh, which can be served with organic cows’ milk, organic soy, almond or organic coconut milk. There’s also a choice of organic loose leaf teas available, many of them caffeine free.

Marie Anitas 6 It’s fabulous to have an organic cafe in the middle section of the Gold Coast! There’s something on the menu for everyone, made using the healthiest ingredients possible without unhealthy heavy sauces! Sourcing organic food where she can from local suppliers, baking bread, muffins, cakes and slices daily, Marie shows us that GF food can still be attractive and taste good. In fact, Marie Anita’s Chocolate Avocado Mousse Cake is an absolute taste sensation! The avocado smooths out the cacao into  a creamy rich mousse on an activated nut base which is easily digested. A must try!

Marie Anitas 8 The cost of organic fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, free range meats, and organic coconut yoghurt all adds up, so it’s great to see that she has kept the price down for her customers.

Despite her youth, it seems that Marie’s instincts to follow her passion have paid off. As the regulars to her café continue to increase, word is slowly spreading: this is honest to goodness, healthy and tasty food.

2364 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach Ph: 07 5572 3224 Mob: 0431 302 195

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