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Chevron Island scores a fresh, new brunch spot

Is it not the best news ever that you can enjoy an island adventure, complete with exceptional eats and a beverage or two, without even having to leave the Gold Coast? You can even hire a little boat to get there should you wish to have an authentic experience.

The island we’re talking about today is, of course, Chevron Island, a little paradise unto itself bursting with exceptional foodie spots and pretty parks to laze about in having consumed all the exceptional eats.

The latest little newbie to grace Chevron Island with its’ presence is Mint Espresso, an intimate, rustically decked out space with both indoor and outdoor seating, painted a cheery shade of green (mint in fact) and lots of natural light flooding in.

It’s the work of a local Gold Coast family who are also the proud owners of the cutest baby French Bulldog there is in the world. Mint Espresso is their first venue and they’ve done quite the impressive job if you ask us.

The menu is made up of breakfast slash lunch eats along the lines of Shrooms on Toast (a favourite) with an array of tasty mushrooms on Turkish bread with grilled haloumi, basil pesto and poached eggs.

The Ultimate Eggs Benedict is also a winner; it’s Turkish bread topped with spinach, hash browns, sausage, bacon jam, poached eggs and truffle Hollandasie and it’s the perfect combination of breakfast goodies.

Everything is filled with flavour and absolutely stunningly presented to both delight your eyeballs and your Insta followers.

The coffee on offer is by the good folks at Byron Bay Coffee Co. and there are also cool, refreshing juices and of course, beloved milkshakes and thickshakes in case your inner child is calling.

Also, there are HOMEMADE baked goodies including brownies that will melt in your mouth and also come with ice cream.

In conclusion, if you’re in the market for a little island getaway complete with delicious brunch time eats and without breaking the bank, Chevron Island and newbie Mint Espresso are the go.

Prepare to be impressed.

LOCATION: 9/37 Thomas Drive, Surfers Paradise
HOURS: 5.30am until 5.30pm daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

The LeanChef Kitchn

It’s not often we get to welcome a newbie to Chevron Island but this week is the week folks and said newbie is bringing a beautifully balanced menu stacked with yummy eats that will cater to every taste.

The LeanChef Kitchn, found on Thomas Street in the bustling hub of our very own inner city island, is the work of former Melbourne restaurateur Enzo Loterzo who is offering gluten free, organic and vegan options as well as the tasty treat varieties we know and love.

The new venue has taken over the space where Lime Café once stood and it’s decked out in a natural, minimalist style perfectly befitting of the goodies on offer. Sit inside and watch the chefs work their magic or pull up a chair on the footpath and watch the world go by.

Let’s discuss the food though because there are many things you’ll want to sink your teeth into starting with the Croque Monsieur, which is a very extra version of a ham and cheese toasted sandwich and about 8 billion times more delicious. It’s made on grilled organic sourdough with gruyere cheese, Dijon mustard and smoked ham and topped with béchamel sauce and dill. So there’s your breakfast sorted.

For lunch go with one of two options. First, the L/C Open Steak Sarnie is made with grass fed, pesticide-free Cape Grim sirloin, preserved tomatoes, mustard aioli, lettuce, roasted capsicum and balsamic shallots on chargrilled sourdough.Second, the hand-crafted Butter Milk Crispy Chicken burger is all the best things with marinated crispy chicken breast, homemade slaw, bacon, cheese, aioli and sriracha. One of the best burgers around for sure.

You may also sample things like Roman Style Gnocchi, Risotteria, oh and Brilliant Belgian Waffles. The menu is quite the flavour-filled, slightly Italian-esque one and you’ll be hard pressed to choose just one dish.

The coffee is organic and the good vibes are flowing. Make sure you add this one to the list the next time you’re in the market for a healthy feast that both tastes delicious and makes you feel like you made a good life choice.

LOCATION: 1/64 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island
HOURS: 6.30am until 3pm daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

 

New: Espresso Bonsai

From bonsais to beans, the Coast’s newest coffee nook has taken over the space where Chevron Island’s much-loved bonsai plant nursery used to be.

The cute little cottage style café pays homage to its former glory, in name and appearance, with abundant greenery offsetting the fresh natural styling.

Coffee is the name of the game at Espresso Bonsai with owner Christian extremely passionate about offering the best possible blends.

The Baristas are equally as enthusiastic about the quality of their creations offering alternative options such as V60 pour overs – a filtered style of coffee preferred by seasoned coffee drinkers offering a smoother, sweeter taste than a long black.

Beans are supplied by the Gold Coast’s own Blackboard Coffee who source their beans from plantations around the world, ethically and sustainably.

Espresso Bonsai also use Urban Finca beans, roasters who are passionate about telling the farmers story.

Acai bowls, smoothies, takeaway sandwiches, salads and toasties will soon be available for both dining in and to take away.

If exceptional coffee and people who care about what they do is high on your love list, make the drive to the tree lined streets of Chevron Island to check out Espresso Bonsai.

HOURS: 5.30AM to 2PM

LOCATION: 66 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island.

Words and photos by Kirra Smith.

11 family-friendly restaurants in Surfers Paradise

JW Marriott Surfers Paradise Family Restaurants (image supplied)

Hoisting the kids into the back of the car to grab something to eat can be a varied experience. Some venues are without a doubt better at catering for and looking after your little ones in comparison with others, and there is nothing wrong with that; kids need to feel entertained and excited by a setting and the kids menu. When it comes to where to take them to dinner, Surfers Paradise is a great choice with plenty of options. Here’s our rundown on the places we see as your very best choices when eating out with the rug rats.

Citrique at JW Marriott Gold Coast
We don’t mind saying that if you decide to take the family to Citrique, the kids best know they have a variety of options at this fantastic buffet. Located within the JW Marriott Resort and Spa, the recently refurbished venue is perfect for a sophisticated family get-together. The kids’ menu includes decadent inclusions like the Bees Knees Burger or the Hide & Seek Pizza (with a hidden five veggies pizza sauce), and to finish it all off, a make it yourself ice cream cart with all of the toppings! They will go bananas for this – in a good way!
Where: JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa, 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Alfresco Italian Restaurant
Italian food has our hearts and especially when it comes fresh out of Alfresco Italian Restaurant. The good people of the Gold Coast — and tourists — have been frequenting the family-owned venue for over 30 years, namely because the food and the welcoming vibes are some of the best around. Why not get the kids the best spag bol they’ve ever had? Apart from yours, of course…
Where: 2/3 3018 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. (image supplied)
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. (image supplied)

Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co.
It’s a burger shack with a difference because, let’s face it, there are burgers, and then there are burgers. When they are good, they are one of the tastiest treats around. Not only do Betty’s Burgers excel in their juicy burgers (including kids sized one’s), Betty’s house speciality is a thing called Concretes. Which, if you aren’t aware, is frozen custard – and we IDOLISE this because in our eyes there’s nothing better than a big ol’ burger, followed by an epic dessert, we know the kids love it too!
Where: Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, 12-14/3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

Pancakes on the Rocks
There is no mistaking; pancakes are a good time — period. And most notably, when they’re being pumped out of specialty restaurant, Pancakes on the Rocks, in the heart of Surfers Paradise. This chain of venues is ALL about family dining, plus there are pizzas, salads, crepes, pancakes and the now famous beef and pork ribs. Children will adore the creative pancakes. Smiley faces included.
Where: Shop T1.31, The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Hogs Breath Café
The very pinnacle of family-orientated eating venues has to be the original and much-loved Hogs Breath Café. You’ll find consistently yummy and unassuming food served up in a friendly atmosphere — setting the benchmark high for other family restaurants to follow. Your little ones are completely taken care of with their own sizeable Hogster’s Kids Menu, which offers uncompromised value for money, as each dish comes with its own drink and even dessert! Sorted!
Where: Soul, Building T2/9 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Hogs Breath Restaurant (image supplied)
Hogs Breath Restaurant (image supplied)

Surfers Paradise Surf Club
Not far off celebrating their centenarian year, this humble surf club was recently brought into the present day with a fresh refurbishment enhancing the already prime location. Wander in on any given evening with the family, and there is a plethora of options for the kids for just $9.50 for all kids meals ages 12 and under. Taking the littlies out has never been easier.
Where: Corner of Hanlan Street and The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Crazy Cat Café
This cute setup is the purrfect place to drop by for an afternoon pit stop and, of course, to mingle with some feline personalities. Apart from a mob of the friendliest cats you’ve ever met, with a hefty café style menu of appetising treats to boot. Worth noting is the setup also has a separate section if you just want to witness the cats from paws length – which is a great option for the kiddies who need a slow introduction to the furry cuties.
Where: 3131 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

MOS Burger
Imagine yourself strolling off the beach just as the sun dips and the evening shadows are beginning to creep their way across the sand — and finding yourself slap bang right in front of MOS Burger. With centre stage views of Surfers Paradise beach and being just moments away from the hustle and bustle of everything else, the venue is truly in a prime spot to grab a quick bite to eat and get the kids fed asap! Japanese infused burgers offer a family dining experience like no other. The kids won’t be disappointed.
Where: 4 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

San Churro (image supplied)
San Churro (image supplied)

San Churro
Fresh hot churros slathered with rich chocolate sauce are the type of treatment only well-behaved littlies deserve, so San Churro could very well be your bargaining tool next time someone refuses to do their chores! The vegan-friendly house recipe is impeccable for all the family, with various flavours and even some savoury dishes thrown in there for good measure.
Where: Circle on Cavill South Tower, 47/48, 3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Longboards Laidback Eatery and Bar
After an afternoon with your head in the clouds, why not hit the elevator down a few floors (77 to be precise) and drop into Longboards at the base of the Gold Coast’s most famous building, the Q1. It’s fair to say this unique venue might just be the Coast’s most renowned surf-themed restaurant and bar, with memorabilia and photos everywhere you turn. Little ones are taken care of with a selection of kid’s meals that even coming with a drink…. plus the option to upgrade them to a classic milkshake.
Where: Q1 Resort & Spa, Corner of Hamilton Avenue & Northcliffe Terrace, Surfers Paradise

Hard Rock Café
Who doesn’t love a Hard Rock Café? All over the world, they are known for their tasty, affordable eats and live music all underlined by an upbeat, fun vibe. We’re happy to preach our love for their baby back ribs and chicken wings in a choice of Buffalo or BBQ sauce. As far as the kids are concerned, they have an entirely devoted menu: no brainer!
Where: Surfers Paradise Boulevard & Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Hard Rock Cafe (image supplied)
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