Nothing sparks my curiosity Iike being hungry and I had always wondered what was tucked behind that white picket fence on the side of the Gold Coast Highway in Mermaid Beach. I decided it was high-time I find out.
Lo and behold ALFRED’S APARTMENT AND DINER!
Outside of Alfred’s Apartment is Alfred’s Diner.
When I think of the word diner I think of red pleather booths, thick porcelain plates and a woman named Dorothy pouring refills of American drip coffee after she brings you your fried eggs.
Alfred’s Diner is NOTHING like that.
It's more like a BBQ at your mates place.
A classic backyard eatery.
You order from a small window on the side of Alfred’s Apartment then pick a seat at one of the picnic tables in the yard.
They call your name when your order is ready and you are off to lunch delight.
I ordered an American Hotdog and a coke. HOLY COW! This hotdog was HUGE. My first reaction when grabbing it from the window was to laugh with excitement. It was big and beautiful and covered in mustard ketchup and onions.
The giant weenie spilled out the sides of the bun and was barely contained by the paper basket holding it. I had no idea how to even begin to tackle such a massive dog in any sort of elegant manner so I threw caution to the wind and dove in. The first bite was all meat. the casing was crispy and popped as it broke unleashing the juicy goodness. I looked right at my partner with a mouth full of hotdog and said “Oh my god, you’ve got to try this!”.
We were both in agreement that it was the best hotdog either of us had had in a very very long time. A couple of bites in and I got to the bun. Soft white bread with a layer of caramelised onions sat below the wiener. Honestly, I could have been happy just eating the hotdog it was that good, but adding those caramelised onions took it to a whole new level. It was so big that it was a struggle to finish, but I’m no quitter.
My partner got the Chicken Slaw Burrito. It arrived in a cute paper bag with the Alfred's logo stamped on the front. It was fresh and flavourful. The chicken was warm and seasoned well and the vegetables were crisp and cool. Bundled in a tightly wrapped flour tortilla, it was a very delicious and healthy feeling meal.
The chef did an excellent job on wrapping the burrito, the contents stayed put until the last bite. I will definitely be keeping that and all of their burritos in mind for a takeaway/on the go meal.
Inside Alfred’s Apartment felt like someone’s super cool grandparents left an estate to their inherently super cool grandsons and they turned it in to a business.(That is not the actual Alfred's history) The Retro interior designs looked amazing supporting the tastefully chosen fashion items for sale. Everywhere you looked in Alfred’s there was something interesting to see. Character oozed out of this place! I felt cool just for standing in the building.
My partner had been sporting a hideous mullet spawned out of hair neglect; It was time for it to go.
Lucky for me, one of the rooms in Alfred’s apartment is also a barber shop. Sitting out back was the local barber; A 20 or 30 something year old DJ by night Barber by day. We asked him to work some magic and make that mullet disappear and he did. 20 minutes, a snip, and a chat later the mullet was gone and we were on our way.
To sum it up, the food- awesome; The decor- awesome; The clothes- awesome; The haircut- awesome; The staff- awesome.
Did I mention it was awesome?
To be cheesy and quote Arnold, “I’LL BE BACK!”.
You can eat from 6.30am - 2.30pm Mon - Sun
Shop from 8.30am - 4.00pm Mon - Sat & 9.00am - 2.00pm Sun
Get a trim from 9.00am - 3.00pm Tues-Sat (By appt after 3)
By Marleigh Kelly