Fancy a coffee with your new lounge suite, or something to eat? How about some fresh cannoli?
Robina’s Home + Life Centre, opposite the Auto Mall, opened late last year with a great array of lifestyle shops – James Lane, Nick Scali, DecoRug, Vast Interior, The Good Guys, and Kitchen Connection, to name a few.
In the middle of the centre is The Elephant Grounds Café, owned by Alex Roussos, former owner of Toscani’s, Robina, the ideal place for a shopping stop.
It’s a large café, shady and cool with expansive indoor and outdoor areas under roof, suitable for large family or work groups to use as a function area by day or at night, far enough away from other restaurants to give sole use without interference from other diners.
When we visit during the day, we love the spacious ambience, the starkness of the new centre broken at one end by a huge plant wall.
There are a couple of groups dining: a family birthday party in one corner and a group of Titans family members and supporters in another, tucking into a meal before the game. Still, it’s easy to find a space to chat privately; a great little spot to stop and unwind.
Serving Melbourne-based Bean Ground & Drunk organic fair trade coffee, the coffee trade is brisk from the takeaway window. Local deals for workers sweeten the deal, making the most of its location and ample parking just outside.
Elephant Grounds has a menu to please all comers, from brekkie favourites of Bacon and eggs with tomato on toast $10.90, an Açai bowl with granola, fresh berries and chia $12.90 to Pancakes with berry compote or a Brekkie burger $12.90. Lunch is comprised of burgers with chips or ‘Fat Boy Fries’ (Yum!) and pizzas, augmented by a cabinet of filled paninis, lasagne and vibrant salads. It’s good café food without pushing too many boundaries.
We’re dining at lunch, so choose the Pork belly burger with salad, pickles and sriracha mayo (great value at $12) as well as a Brekkie Burrito ($11.90); two filling dishes that take us across a couple of meals. They’re both hearty and tasty, the pork belly soft from its slow cooking, the sauces spicing up the taste just a little. The burrito is packed with eggs, bacon, cheese and tomato sauce.
Desserts are hard to go past, especially with a cabinet filled with donuts, chocolate cannoli, caramel pecan tart, lemon meringue, friands and cherry ripe slice! They’d be just right for a mid-morning or afternoon break along with a Nutella crunch shake or berry smoothie!
After all, shopping is taxing! Why not sit down and relax for a while, building your energy for another bout.
Shop 7B, 550 Christine Ave., Robina, Ph: 0419 782 640
Open: Mon – Fri 7am – 5pm; Sat – Sun 7am – 4pm
NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as guests of Elephant Grounds Cafe.