With breakfast firmly in place as a dining favourite, and a growing demand for clean eating, some of our top cafes have answered the call for a green breakfast. ‘Breakfast Salad’ or ‘Green Brekkie’ now appear on more Gold Coast menus, catering for those who want to increasing their diversity of plant-based food and boost their nutrition intake in the morning.
Sure, it’s possible to blend your veg up with juices or coconut water to down on your way to the gym, but let’s face it: there’s more joy in relaxing with friends, ‘chewing the fat’ as you chew your greens!
Packed full of fresh greens, seasonal fruit, nuts, seeds and grains, you’ll dine on the colours of the rainbow. Many cafés include eggs, while others put protein as an optional extra.
There are some top brekkie salads that will start your day well…
110 Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters Ph: 07 5538 5655
Housed in a little clutch of shops on Monaco Street, Coffee Sisters is a relaxed little café owned by Kylie Jennings. Diners mostly sit outdoors under ‘the shade of a vergola roof and umbrellas. One of Coffee Sisters’ main drawcards is the coffee, their own award-winning blend called “Sorella” which translates as ‘sister’ in Italian, roasted by Di Bella Coffee in Brisbane. There’s plenty of parking nearby, a play area for the kids, bike racks and dog tie up area to encourage a range of patrons.
Coffee Sisters’ Breakfast Salad is a traditional version including cos lettuce, bacon, avocado, two free range poached eggs, cherry tomatoes and aioli ($15) well presented in a bowl – an ideal brunch dish to straddle two meals.
Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach Ph: 07 5592 2888
Elk Espresso wins friends for its simple but funky interior which you could mistake for 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’.
With Head Chef Gene Cavalchini (ex Sirromet and Tukka) on board, the well-chosen seasonal menu is rustic and retro with a modern twist; one of the best daytime menus we’ve seen.
It is so hard to go past Elk’s beautiful flower-strewn grain free granola with coconut or passionfruit panna cotta, seasonal fruits and cinnamon yoghurt on Elk’s spring menu, but we’re on a mission! Beside it is their Very Green Salad of kale, silverbeet, peas and asparagus, roasted pumpkin, avocado labneh, toasted almonds, pinenuts and free range poached eggs ($18.00). In fact, why stop at breakfast! Elk’s on trend salads span lunch and dinner menus in an array of rainbow coloured flowers and vegetables. Add a protein or bread as an extra. Absolute delight!
Good Day Coffee
2/476 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun Ph: 0411 059 334
If you travel down to Tugun where the two highways meet, you’ll find a winning combo: simple food done well, great coffee and friendly service.
“We’ve created the menu around the way we like to eat,” Damien tells me. “No fuss, eat in house or take away, good ingredients, order at the counter, fast service…” says DJ, who owns the café with his partner Ebony.
Drawn south to follow my passion for a weekend brekkie salad, Good Day’s All Day Salad more than meets my expectations. Packed with spinach, microherbs, peas, raw almonds and seeds, and topped with tzatziki dressing with an added option of poached chicken ($14), this is the perfect brunch to see me through to dinner.
Shop 7/240 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes Ph: 07 5575 7538
What started off as a funky coffee shop, Blackboard Coffee still carries the feel of being in a huge overblown country kitchen where all the grown up kids have gathered for brunch. Don’t be mistaken, though, Blackboard has well and truly grown up. It has a timeless freshness cunningly achieved through rough-hewn timber fascias set against white tiled pillars, and timber and angle iron tables on a polished concrete floor.
Clean and bright it is, with the same attention to detail evident in the all-day menu, with many choices to entice us. There’s an emphasis on top quality healthy meals using trendy ingredients of the moment from local producers. An example is the Raw Greens on Sprouted Spelt Salad, a large thrown platter of finely chopped greens, avocado and poached eggs on sprouted spelt bread ($18.50). It’s not just their ‘brew my mind’ coffee that clears out the cobwebs. This brekkie is a plate full of goodness!
(Check out Larder in Coolangatta for their Roast sweet potato, broccoli, kale and spinach salad with lemon dressing topped by an egg.)
NOTE: As menus are seasonal, the brekkie salads may vary from those described in this article.