NOTE 2018: Elk has now moved to the beach end of Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach. We look forward to bringing you an updated review.
Elk Espresso wins friends, first of all, for being a world away from the stainless steel cafes of Broadbeach. Once a quite unremarkable shop, there’s now a minimalist shopfront adorned by antlers. Step into the simple but funky interior and you could be excused for thinking it’s an art studio. There are retro chairs and tables on the sanded concrete floor, overseen by the stencil of a giant elk standing in splendour on the limed wall. There’s a rough but timeless elegance to the fitout that says ‘I dare to be different’.
Opened in mid 2011, Elk has taken the neighbourhood by storm and can be very busy. Serving T2 teas and Single O and Killerbee blends from Single Origin Roasters, the barista’s running hot with coffees to drink in and takeaway. A range of clientele frequents the cafe, from teens and young families to retirees. Everyone is happy, whether inside the café reading the paper or at tables spilling out onto the pavement, relaxing in the morning sunshine. There’s a bright beach holiday feel to the place, as though the working world is far away.
The well-chosen, eclectic menu is rustic and retro with a modern twist; one of the best daytime menus we’ve seen.
Changing with the seasons, some brekkie standouts when we visited included Blueberry and coconut breakfast panna cotta with granola, summer fruits and cinnamon yoghurt (there’s also a completely GF DF panna cotta available), as well as the Brekkie Tacos.
Lunch dishes skirt around the world, picking up bold flavours along the way. Jalapeno, lime, pickled peppers and harissa add an edge to Middle Eastern staples such as labneh, dukkah and hummus. Expect scrumptious salads and hearty burgers filled with unexpected combinations of on trend ingredients such as pearl barley, fennel, hazelnuts and wild rice. Leave room, if you can, for a House Special drink – they’re simply wicked!
Whether you stop in for an early morning breakfast, leisurely lunch or a decadent afternoon tea, Elk has a welcoming charisma all its own, calling you off the beach to the fern forest beyond.
Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Ave., Broadbeach Ph: 07 5592 2888
Mon – Sun 6.00am – 4pm.
This review has also been published on More Gold Coast.