“Oh look! The café is named after me!” The Main Squeeze is jubilant!
So am I when we take a look inside!
Under Cheryl Bench, who purchased the café in 2016, Daily Squeeze has reached new heights. Tweeked to be even more patron-oriented than before, we’re pleased to see the changes made by this seasoned restaurateur (owner of Lola’s, Cafe Uno, Taste and Chevron Social).
The premises itself has changed little since Kim Stuart and Peter Combe opened it. With counter and bench seats crafted from recycled timber from the Old Tweed River Wharf, the café emanates the warm glow of timber and white-washed brick, offset with jars of preserves and bric-a-brac giving it a ‘Country Life’- style feel; welcoming, light-filled and comfy. Additional fridges cover the former ‘library’ wall, extending diner choice of drinks to include bottled juices and kombucha to go.
The main focus is the cold cabinet full of baked goodies, vamped up by Cheryl to include tons of gluten-free, vegan and low sugar items, both savoury and ‘sweet with a conscience’ goodies to eat in or (with Cheryl a self-admitted sustainability queen) to go in recycled-material containers.
There’s also an all-day breakfast and lunch menu beginning at 6am, packed with so many interesting items that it’s hard to make a choice.
Daily Squeeze is food intolerants’ heaven, with lots of menu options for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan diners. Not only are most options clearly marked, but as a GF, DF diner herself, Cheryl assures us that the menu can be tweeked at diners’ requests. She makes her own cashew cheese and kale pesto in the café, products that are not freely available elsewhere.
As a scratch baker, Cheryl’s food philosophy is simple: “If your grandmother can’t understand the label, don’t have it!” she says.
I settle on an Açai Bowl, luscious with its topping of house-made granola and honeyed organic yoghurt, shredded coconut, frozen currants and cherries and fresh banana, strawberries and mango ($14, also available as GF, DF, V).
At $18.50, the Breakfast Board is a ripper, containing about a dozen different brekkie items, from haloumi to pesto-stuffed mushies as well as all the likely suspects. Stunned to silence, the Main Squeeze says little for at least 15 minutes as he works his way through.
The Buckwheat pancakes carry even more surprise. They’re light and airy in texture and not a trace of bitterness often found in lesser versions of the dish. Served with freshly sliced bananas and strawberries with a scoop of ice cream drizzled with maple syrup, they are absolutely delish!
We’re drinking Botanica organic coffee with our brekkie, which can be served with your choice of Bonsoy, almond, coconut or cows’ milk, with organic and herbal teas also on offer.
With the cheeky slogan ‘Get fresh at your local’, Daily Squeeze is squarely aimed at the health-conscious everyday diner. It’s simple, honest to goodness real food that loves you back; the best of fresh, local and organic at a reasonable price (all under $20) to dine in, take away or via Uber Eats, chosen from a simple yet accessible menu.
At our weekend breakfast, the café was pleasantly full, with diners spilling out around the side verandah to the front of the shop. North facing to the mid-season sun, family friendly and full of homey goodness, Daily Squeeze Café is a breath of fresh air to Chirn Park’s daytime dining. No wonder it’s a hit with locals!
Shop 6, 37 Musgrave Avenue (Cnr Turpin Rd), Chirn Park, Queensland 4215 Ph: 07 5532 8883
NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as guests of Daily Squeeze.