We’ve ventured to one of the Gold Coast’s central suburbs today to bring you exciting news in the form of a cafe you’re going to want to visit ASAP.
It’s called Lavelle Cafe and Restaurant and it’s the work of local lass Helen Paximatas whose passion for food can be tasted in every single bite.
Found on yes, Lavelle Street in Nerang, the newbie is right amongst it all (next to Kylie’s Cupcakery if you need an after-breaky treat) and boasting the relaxed, village-style vibe you’ve come to expect from the people of Nerang.
Inside, it’s all white walls and wooden accents with the comforts of couches in one corner and some greenery dotted throughout. Outside on the deck is the perfect spot for people watching and a bit of fresh air.
Lavelle is open for breakfast and lunch every day and dinner Thursday to Saturday and we highly recommend trying one of everything.
For starters, there’s House-made Waffles with roast macadamia and honeycomb butter, lemon myrtle curd and seasonal fruit. Don’t mind if we do. There’s also a Gut Rice Bowl, Hash Brown Benny and Breakfast Bruschetta to mention a few or you can build you own breakfast however you fancy.
The coffee is Bear and the Beard by Seven Miles so you know that’s the goods. Not to mention $1 from every kilo sold is donated to Bear Cottage, an initiative of the Sydney Children’s Hospital that’s dedicated to caring for children with life-limiting abilities. Love.
For lunch, there’s pizza and pasta and yes please! How does a Truffled Mushroom and Cheese pizza sound? Yep.
Pasta-wise there’s Hand Cut Parpardelle with Beef Ragu and Risotto with Italian Sausage sauce. Dreamy.
All of those are also available for dinner plus a range of French dishes you probably haven’t sampled in a sec.
Fish Papillote is one such dish, it’s white fish baked in paper and served with herbs and lemon. Mustard Rabbit is another, that one is cooked in mustard and white wine sauce.
Oh and it’s BYO, so that’s a good time.
ALSO, there’s a cabinet filled with epic goodies like stacked steak sandwiches, chickpea and cous cous salad, bacon and egg bites (be still our hearts), sourdough crumpets and housemade cakes. We could have eaten one of everything.
Coming up on Tuesday the 13th of October there’ll be free oat and almond milk coffees so you can taste something new if alternative milks aren’t your thing (yet).
As you probably know, we’re big fans of folks whose passion you can taste in their cooking and that’s exactly what’s happening at Lavelle Cafe and Restaurant.
Head in and see for yourself.
LOCATION: Shop 6, 8 Lavelle Street, Nerang
HOURS: Monday to Wednesday 7am until 3pm, Thursday and Friday 7am until 9pm, Saturday 7am until 2pm and 5pm until 9pm and Sunday 7am until 2pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith