It’s fair to say we’ve had a bit of rain lately. As Gold Coasters, the outdoor lifestyle is engrained in our psyche; so when we can’t get outside and feel the sun on our face — and a margarita in our hand — suffice to say we’re liable to crack the sad.
It is, however, only a matter of time before our glorious weather returns. And as the air begins to turn crisper and the sun begins to take a shorter path through our southern sky, it’s time to explore those eateries with open-air spaces where you can hang out enjoying some great food, sipping alluring drinks and actually wear some layers for a change.
Backyard Café in Nobby Beach is already the locals’ favourite place to grab breakfast and/or coffee after a morning dip. Not just content with satiating all your morning needs though, the guys here are excited to bring themselves into the nighttime food realm with their Friday and Saturday night Backyard Cantina menu. Serving from 3pm – 10pm on both nights means adequate time to swing in either for a much-needed early Friday knock-off or a leisurely Saturday night with your crew.
The menu is hinged on family-friendly tex-mex style Mexican cuisine. Nothing is super-hot, and whilst everything is super tasty, it’s likely dishes you’re comfortably familiar with. Fair to say, it’s scrumptious food with little fuss.
Choose your fillings and then choose your style of dish — it’s that simple. From Loaded Quesadillas, Nachos and even Taco Platters, through to house-made hot Churros with chocolate sauce. Perfect for those with a sweet tooth that won’t take no for an answer.
Plenty of sharing options and a dedicated kid’s section means Backyard Cantina aims to welcome everyone. The vibe is relaxed, and the back lawn area is the epitome of what an outside eating space on the Gold Coast is all about: a sun garden during the day and fairy light lit utopia of conversation and mingling in the evening. The kind of space our big city-dwelling cousins normally fight over — aren’t we a spoilt bunch!?
The drinks list is a savvy admixture of Mexican beers, Australian wines and a cleverly put-together cocktail list. Showcasing the handiwork of the Gold Coast’s ever-popular Mr Consistent cocktail mixers, there’s a flavour for everyone. Rest assured people, your drinks will be delicious and flawless every time you order a new round.
Now that the clouds have dispersed, we say grab a friend or two and enjoy yourself some south-of-the-border flavours at Backyard Cantina. Plus, are we right in saying a slice of fine Autumn weather is long overdue?
LOCATION: 17 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
WHEN: Open 3pm to 10pm Friday and Saturday evenings
Words and photos by Alex Mitcheson.