The Black Lamb

Dinesh Nair is a patient man.

He’s opened The Black Lamb, a smaller version of his Black Sheep Espresso Baa, in Southport, waiting for the custom to come to him.

Black lamb 5While the porthole espresso bar may seem stuck in the middle of ‘nowhereville’, it’s a strategic move anticipating growth in the area. Housed under the Pacific Private Hospital, already there are plenty of customers to tickle the espresso machines. The Nerang St Q:Link station is right outside, St Hilda’s School around the corner and future development across the road on the now vacant old hospital site.

Black lamb 7Born in Fiji, Dinesh, the son of two chefs, migrated to Australia when his wife came to the Gold Coast to work, Dinesh finding employment at George’s Sanctuary Cove, the Hilton and then Toby’s Estate Coffee, before the opportunity arose to open his own espresso bar in Coolangatta.

Black lamb 8Like many customers, we fell in love with Dinesh’s enthusiasm and devilish sense of humour. It’s not just in the black sheep references, or buying coffee in sheep sizes (lamb, sheep, ram), but even in menu descriptions such as ‘The Michael’. “Michael came in and made this dish…It was so good we put it on the menu – sorry man, no royalties, after all I’m Indian…” or the Moroccan lamb “…straight back from his holiday…” Ouch!

Random? Yes, but there’s that Kiwi affection for difference shining through, just as it does in the food.

Black lamb 3While the focus is on the deliciously creamy Toby’s Estate coffee, there’s a breakfast and lunch menu: Açai bowls, Avo smash, Bacon and egg rolls and a few egg and NZ-renowned streaky bacon-based breakfasts with plenty of options to spice them up. Lunch delves into salad and burger territory tarted up with homemade sauces. Like breakfast, it’s fairly simple food focussing on the flavour of great ingredients; rustic wholefood dishes made with creativity, imagination and a sense of fun. With all meals under $15, food is priced for every day consumption. You’ll also find a tray of treats on the counter.

Black lamb 4On the mid-week morning when we dined for breakfast, seated outside in the dining area we see that trade was already steady with coffees and breakfast to eat out or go – some doctors, office workers, patients and students; a constant flow in and out of the little shop.

We’ll be back for the ‘Hippie Burger, BYO hair flowers, – a burger packed with chickpeas, roasted kumara, house made chilli jam and haloumi to feed your inner child’.

Black lamb 6If you’re down in Coolie, watch out for ‘The Black Ram’ upstairs in The Strand, opening in mid-March 2016. Then, Dinesh says, his family of sheep will be complete.

123 Nerang Street, Southport Ph: 07 5528 2126

Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 3.30pm

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3 Reviews

  1. Lee, 2 years ago

    After attending QScan on Wednesday, 23 March 2016 I visited The Black Lamb at about 9:30am and it was an absolute disappointment. It was not busy.
    The ham & cheese crossiant was completely cold inside.
    The Ram coffee was undrinkable.
    Absolutely awful food and coffee.

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    • marj, 2 years ago

      Don’t know what happened there! We had a great coffee and breakfast at The Black Lamb, and many positive comments from patrons about the cafe. Hope you said something to staff at the time to give them a chance to remedy the situation.

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  2. Jen, 2 months ago

    Qscan got me a sandwich from here after my cancer scan best sandwich ever and cup of tea. Thankyou Qscan and Thankyou black lamb

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