NOTE: Vivre a Vie recently posted the following message on their Facebook page: “We would like to inform you that Vivré will be closing its doors permanently in February.
It was a great time and we enjoyed serving you, enjoyed your feedback and our fun time together. It was a pleasure for all of us.
It is time now to move on to more interesting and exciting adventures and concentrate on our rapidly growing Social Grains Bakery .
You will be able to find your favourite baked and raw products in our Gold Coast Essential Organics convenience store, which remains the same.
We also hope to resume markets in the nearest future. So, please, stay tuned for all the new exciting things that are coming and don’t forget to visit us this January while we are still open! On behalf of Vivré family we say thank you and see you again!”
Vivre a Vie in Mermaid Beach is a modern continental bakery café where you can take your dairy free, gluten free, raw and sugar free friends, or even your vegetarian ones and be assured that there will be options for everyone.
Opened first as an organic bakery by Lara Forsyth-Madden in 2014, Vivre a Vie has undergone transformations without straying too far from the original concept. When Vivre a Vie Organic Bakery and Cafe gained new owners, Tati and Callum and their family, in March 2015, they knew that they wanted to keep the central tenet of the cafe as organic as possible.
Like most new owners, they also saw areas for growth, opening a retail health store next door to the cafe, which Callum now manages, as well as a wholesale arm of the business: the organic Social Grains Bakery, which sells bread, pastries and gluten-free cakes and brownies to many of our top restaurants and cafes.
Along the way, it’s meant a refocussing on their goals, what works and what doesn’t, with the cafe’s menu simplified to an ‘All day Breakfast’ available Thursday to Sunday, with pastries, sandwiches, pies and croissants from the bakery available on other days. There’s a daily ‘Cake and coffee’ $10 special to entice diners to linger – an easy task!
In colours of bark and leaves, earth and wood, it’s as though nature has taken a step inside. Furniture of hewn wood and hessian are placed against faux cracked paint overlooked by a beautiful wooden ceiling fan and crystalline pendant on a timber-lined ceiling. It’s a tiny but peaceful space where diners gather for coffee or a breakfast and organic juice.
Cabinets and baskets carry baked goods, including sourdough, spelt bread, the popular roast pumpkin bread, the dark Russian Noir rye bread, two vegan gluten-free breads, almond croissants and chocolate Danish. Raw treats, such as raw snickers bar, beetroot and chocolate cake, occupy a shelf of their own. Try the Raw blueberry cheesecake, or the Baked salted caramel cheesecake with a line of salted caramel through it. Scrumptious!
With table service, there’s a relaxed atmosphere, a smooth flow to service. The Organic Breakfast Platter catches our eye, as do the Pancakes with salted caramel and poached seasonal fruit. Children are spoiled as well with their own menu, priced well at $6 – $8.
We settle instead on the Vivre Special, a quenelle of avocado and feta cheese mash served on two toasted slices of their signature vegan GF pumpkin bread, as well as the 3 Mushrooms – a sauteed trio of fresh mushrooms served over light rye with a button of truffle butter and two poached eggs, drizzled with green herb truffle oil.
The organic house blend coffee, organic of course, is from Bear Bones in Brisbane. The brew carries shades of smooth caramel with a crisp toasty finish, served with Baranbah organic milk, or organic soy, almond or rice milk at no extra charge! You can also enjoy juices from Emma & Tom, bottled kombucha, cold-pressed juices or organic coconut water, or a range of Chamellia teas, sourced directly from organic estates committed to sustainable and ethical trade practices. The 9 Spice Fresh Chai is served black; the French Vanilla is a premium Ceylon tea from the Uva region of Sri Lanka mixed with organic vanilla bean.
Step through the side door and down the lane, and there’s a whole new aspect to the bakery: a huge expanse of lawn flanked by trees and garden beds, an area to be rejuvenated in January/February 2016. Tables and beach umbrellas provide dining areas for a quiet chat; the gardens are the source of herbs and greens for the café.
When the trees are outside the front door, the bakery is open. Free from artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, pesticides and chemicals, you’ll know that you’re taking a step in the right direction. After all, Vivre a Vie could be translated ‘Live Life’!
Review updated January 2016.
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