There’s a bit of dining competition around the Aqua building in Labrador, and it’s not hard to see why. From there you can cast your eyes over an amazing view of the sparkling Broadwater, follow the action of boats and seagulls, and take your pick from a few restaurants’ menus.
So why does Café Gold Coast stand out? Not only is this restaurant tucked away around the corner, but it’s a couple of dollars more expensive than its road front neighbours.
But the comfort level, coffee and cuisine are worth it. On the verandah overlooking the water, comfy outdoor furniture nestles in under huge umbrellas, shading patrons from the sun’s glare. Dining inside is even cooler, the summer heat not touching there yet. Inside, a feature wall of rough hewn timber is decorated with coffee bags from around the world: Brazil, Mexico, El Salvador and East Timor.
There’s an interesting menu with a few twists, traditional breakfast dishes like Eggs Bennie made from scratch with a few more exciting options. We choose the Big Breakfast and the Signature Hash Stack, which includes bacon, hash browns, avocado and soft poached egg. It’s beautifully presented, but cholesterol heaven, and I wonder why I didn’t choose Oven roasted granola with yoghurt instead! In fact, I notice healthy choices as well as vegetarian and gluten free options clearly marked on both the breakfast menu (which goes until 2pm) and the lunch menu. Burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads are on offer, all under $15.00, as well as freshly made muffins and cupcakes.
The coffee’s great too – the Tazzina Bar Blend from Belaroma, a boutique Sydney roaster. It’s a light smooth and sweet coffee with no sharp after taste, a blend of South American and Asian beans. The alternative, freshly pressed juices, would be delicious on a hot day.
You may get cheaper food elsewhere, but it’s worth paying extra for freshly ‘made from scratch’ top quality food, just squeezed juice and great coffee.
Shop 12/300 Marine Parade, Labrador Ph: 07 5561 1993