Arriving into Mermaid Waters with guns a blazin’ is Double Barrel Kitchen.
Locking in a killer location in the Waterways Village shopping centre, owner Jess Winters tells me her and partner Peter jumped on the space because as locals themselves, they knew the area’s residents have been itching for a top spot to eat that doesn’t involve going all the way to the Gold Coast HWY. Judging by the Monday lunch crowd, I’d say she was right.
Jess and Peter turned the once Greek restaurant into a smoking new hotspot. Utilizing dark recycled timber, large custom windows, hand picked pendant lights and fresh flowers, the couple have created an intimate space any creature of comfort would be happy to cozy up in.
These cooler mornings beg for a warm inviting space and comfort food, which is exactly what you will find at Double Barrel Kitchen. The Winter Morning Salad will warm you up with winter veggies, warm free range poached eggs and chimichurri. While breakfast is served all day and includes some Aussie classics, the real game changer here is the Brekkie Bao. It’s an Asian inspired dish of quail eggs, thick cut free-range bacon and a soft steamy Chinese Bao bun. As tasty as it is innovative, it has raised the bar on the Gold Coast breakfast scene.
The Texas-style Chicken Gumbo served in a crusty cob loaf is a lunch highlight. The recipe was handed down by the chef’s grandmother and has even been published in its originating Texas town’s ‘community favorites’ cookbook! If you are feeling cheeky, grab a beer to wash this southern classic down!
Now, keep in mind, as you are elbows deep in gumbo, that you must save room for the desserts that are made fresh in-house daily. Mid-devour of a rich brownie, I was informed it was gluten free. FINALLY a gluten free dessert that actually tastes like the real thing!
The display fridge is packed with gluten free, raw and regular ole’ sweet treats which are sure to be a hit with the Miami State School mums bound to pack the joint for coffee & cake pre-kiddie pick up.
The locals are already crying for more, so come October get ready for the introduction of the Double Barrel dinner (yay!).
Open 7 days 6am – 3:30pm
Shop 4 Waterway Shopping Village, Cnr Karbunya Street & Sunshine Blvd, Mermaid Waters
By Marleigh Kelly