Nestled beneath the Hi-Ho Apartments in a seemingly minute hole-in-the-wall, but there is more to this espresso bar than meets the eye.
Here are the three things you need to know about MLK.
1. The food.
The Super Berry Almond Pancakes made with organic flour & organic yoghurt topped with maple syrup, peanut butter parfait, crushed almonds, raspberry compote, blueberries and flowers, tastes even better than it sounds. The house favourite is the sizeable Kick Start which has organic light rye toast, house made cauliflower hash browns, sautéed greens, roast sweet potato, thyme feta cheese, free range poached eggs, nuts dukkah, beetroot hummus and avocado. This generous portion is a healthy and massive way to start the day. There are plenty of tasty and healthy options on the menu, but prepare to crush pretty hard on the Thick Shakes. Trust me, they are the prettiest grand shakes you’ll ever lay your eyes on! Straight outta our dreams and into Broadbeach is the Nutella Bomb. I’ll say it again, NUTELLA BOMB which is made of copious amounts of Nutella blended ice cream and almond milk topped with cream, ice cream and Nutella French sticks is one of the largest and most exciting desserts around. They also serve up a mean Strawberry Cheesecake Thick Shake Bomb. Double trouble, the strawberry blended ice cream, Arnott’s biscuits & skim milk topped with ice cream and strawberries will have you screaming for ice cream!
2. The Location
MLK has a leg up because although it’s not on the main Broadbeach drag (parking-a-plenty). It’s pretty unassuming from the street, but don’t judge this book by its cover. As you make your way through the outdoor seating area (only a short stroll from the beach), two rooms with ample seating makes this jumbo space the perfect place to perch with a cuppa and a book, or an extravagant cocktail. How about a boozy brunch fuelled by the Sweet Tail? Luscious Gin, creme de cassis, mint, vanilla beans and Prosecco make the Sweet Tail one of the most nectarous cocktails around! Or maybe The Gringo would tickle your taco, tequila, elderflower, fresh pressed grapefruit and Pale Ale is sure to hit the spot!
The walls of MLK are adorned with pop icon artwork created by local artist Anthony Pieters. Get to MLK at 8:30am every Saturday to watch Anthony draw live! (Brekkie and a show? Count us in!) Best of all, if you see a piece of art you just have to have, you can buy it! All of Anthony’s art on display is for sale. And on Sundays, loosen up with sweet Sunday sessions starting at 12:30pm. Listen to a wee spot of live music on the patio as you sip on a cocktail and munch on some healthy treats. OR cure that hangover with aThick Shake and The Ultimate Steak Sandwich.
It’s the suburb just south of Surfers Paradise that’s home to an ever-growing array of epic eateries, good time spots and world-class shopping and that’s only the beginning.Over the past few years Broadbeach has become one of the Coast’s most beautiful and beloved spots to spend time and here are 16 reasons why. Love ya Broady.
One of the Gold Coast’s most beloved brunch spots, Elk Espresso can be found in Broadbeach on a corner block overlooking Kurrawa Park and absolutely packed with people every single day. Andrew and the team are serving up a seasonal menu packed with epic eats that are both delicious and Insta-worthy and some of the best coffee around. There’s a reason it’s always packed.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub
The Coast’s newest bar and club opened in Broadbeach recently with a cabaret-style show that has received rave reviews ever since. The show is up of mind-blowing dance and acrobatics with a pumping soundtrack and all inside one of the most beautiful venues we have. After the show, there’s the after party and everyone’s invited. Don’t miss out on the The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub.
Where: Surf Pde, Broadbeach
Fat Freddy’s Beach Bar and Diner
The latest restaurant to open in beautiful Broadbeach is Fat Freddy’s and it’s a very good time. Serving up American-style eats like hot dogs, chicken ribs and towering burgers in some of the best flavours we’ve ever sampled, the newbie is fast becoming one of the hottest spots in town. Wash the deliciousness down with a boozy milkshake and a beer or two and you’ve got yourself a good time. Perfect for a Sunday session with the gang.
Where: 2663 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach (entry via Surf Pde)
A London-stye bar hidden amongst it’s neighbours, Soho Place is the work of the Hideaway Kitchen and Mr Hizola’s team.It’s decked out in artistic graffiti and, as it’s a small bar (the Coast’s first) there are only tipples on the menu. The crew have created a very impressive cocktail menu and you can BYO food or order some in from around the rest of Broadbeach. The perfect pairing.
Where: Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach (between Queensland and Victoria Aves)
Kurrawa Surf Club
Right on the sand with 180 degree views of the big blue, Kurrawa Surf Club was rebuilt not too long ago and the change is breathtaking. The Club has always been popular amongst locals and with affordable eats and ice cold beers, what’s not to love. There are daily food specials and the place is always buzzing with revellers enjoying the very best of what the Gold Coast has to offer. Do yourself a favour.
Where: Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach
No Name Lane
Love you coffee, you beautiful beany beast. Particularly, stay with us, the brews at No Name Lane – home of very good Broady coffee. Everything about this place will tickle your fancy from the exposed brick walls to the cosy, get-close-to-each-other vibes. There’s a simple, tasty little menu for breaky and lunch and crew are as cool as can be.
Where: The Oracle, Elizabeth Ave, Broadbeach
Social Eating House + Bar
Firstly, eating house is the best name for a place filled with food EVER. Who would not want to go to an eating house. No-one is who. SHE+B (for the sake of space) is serving up the goods guys. How does Sashimi of Hiramasa Kingfish, Smoked Tomato, Ginger Mayo, Dashi Enokii, Puffed Rice Cracker sound? Heavenly, you’re right. There aren’t enough words in the world, go there.
Where: 3 Oracle Blvd, Broadbeach
CHA CHA Japanese Restaurant
There has probably never been a place that is more loved than Cha Cha’s. It’s authentic Japanese cuisine in a super chill setting and everyone who goes there is guaranteed a jolly old time. The food is so good and so affordable and there’s a banquet menu and best of all – it’s BYO (if that wasn’t already capital letter we would have made it so).
Where: 2705 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach
Aloha Bar and Dining
Happy tropical vibes abound in this cute little tiki bar in the heart of Broady. There’s eats along the lines of crispy wonton tacos and Poke bowls and cocktails that are guaranteed to make you smile. The live music is a favourite amongst the regulars and the fitout is as cute as can be. Aloha indeed.
Where: 18 Main Place, Broadbeach
Blues on Broadbeach
Obviously we understand that this guaranteed good time isn’t a permanent fixture in our beloved Broadbeach however, it’s more than worthy of a mention. It’s the Coast’s premiere music festival and, best, it’s all free. How is something so good so devoid of payment. Because Broadbeach, that’s why. If you’ve never been, put in your annual leave RIGHT NOW.
Where: Various Broadbeach venues
Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant
Is there anything better than having the absolute bejesus scared out of you before you’ve even set foot inside a venue? Debatable but not to worry. Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant is beautifully disturbing and filled with otherworldly creatures intent on ensuring your eyes stay wide open throughout the entire show. There’s a ghost train, creepy cocktails, dinner and guaranteed ghouly hilarity.
Where: Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
How pretty is Paccers these days. From water fountains to five star restaurants, there is nothing you cannot find within the recently renovated walls. They aren’t even done yet, there are still stores and food outlets to open and honestly, if there was accommodation there you’d probably move in tomorrow it’s that good. From the highest of high ends to everyone’s favourite homewares store (Kmart) you WILL manage to blow your entire pay packet at Pacific Fair. Soz.
Where: Gold Coast Hwy and Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
The Star Gold Coast
If you haven’t experienced a night at The Star Gold Coast worth relaying to your grandchildren, are you even a Gold Coast local? Never fear, with all the fun new things happening there these days, you’ll get your chance. Five-star (get it) restaurants, live music, Garden Kitchen & Bar, there are so many things to love. Plus, there’s a rooftop bar/pool in the way of nineteen at The Star. Get it gang.
Where: Casino Drive, Broadbeach
Broadbeach Bowls Club
Who doesn’t love a game of good old barefoot bowls with a schooner waiting at each end? Rhetorical obviously. Broadbeach Bowls Club has been around as long as you (longer probs) and loved by locals for just as long. The beers are cold, the ocean breeze is salty and there’s a dinner special almost every day.
Where:169 Surf Pde, Broadbeach
Hands down one of the most sweetest spots on the Coast for brunch dates and coffee stops. The goodness starts with the Superfood Salad (it has haloumi), continues with Nutella Martinis and from there, it’s all gravy. The menu – packed with goodness. The coffee – brewed to perfection. The location – listen to those waves a-crashin. The crew – cool as cucumbers (and friendly too). It’s a must visit Coasties.
Where: 2 Queensland Ave, Broadbeach
The Loose Moose
A US-style bar that’s always got a crowd, The Loose Moose is THE place to be for after work drinks or if you’re in need of some mouthwatering comfort food. Think juicy burgers, spicy chicken wings and yummy cocktails to match, not to mention constant good vibes and pumping music. It’s always a fun time at The Loose Moose, put your party pants on and gather the gang.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Words by Kirra Smith
There are some breakfast dishes just worth leaving to the professionals. We’re talking perfectly poached eggs, carefully crafted acai bowls and pancakes worth getting excited over.
So save yourself the hassle: here is where you can have a heap of perfectly cooked pancakes on the Gold Coast placed right in front of you with an impressive medley of toppings and extras.
What’s there not to get in a crush over at the Milkman’s Daughter? Apart from pouring epic coffee and being one of Mermaid Beach’s best hangouts, they are serving up pancakes you just have to see to believe. The Lemon Ricotta Pancakes are bathed in vanilla turmeric custard, passionfruit reduction and topped with pistachios and edible flowers. Possibly the healthiest AND tastiest pancakes ever to exist? Quite possibly!
Where: 2/43 Alfred Street, Mermaid Beach
Pancakes on the Rocks
As the name suggests, Pancakes on the Rocks is — guess what — all about pancakes. Sweet or savoury? They have got you and everyone in your group covered with a hefty list of delicious creations for kids and adults who haven’t grown up. Be prepared to loosen that belt a notch!
Where: The Esplanade, Shop T1.31, Surfers Paradise
The entirely plant-based menu at Blendlove doesn’t have even one crumb of refined sugar or highly processed food at all. Zip. Nada! That also includes their — always available — Summer Pancakes which are gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan topped with date/caramel sauce, strawberries, sweet dukkah and seasonal fruit.
Where: 1/253 Ferry Road, Southport
At Barefoot Barista, they call them hotcakes and they’re gluten-free, and hey — they are a must-try. The Ricotta Hotcakes are served with fresh fruit, toasted seeds & nuts, Canadian maple & organic coconut ice cream. All the hotcakes are baked to order, so you may have wait a couple of extra minutes, but these insta-worthy morsels are worth it!
Where: 5/10 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach
BSKT Cafe is living proof that pancakes can indeed be healthy and addictively delicious. Why not indulge yourself in the Nana Choc Nut Pancakes with a base of Vegan Choc Chip Pancakes and drenched in Banana & Nut Dukkah, Nut Butter & Chocolate Drizzle. You know you want to…
Where: 4 Lavarack Road, Nobby Beach
This nestled away residential area café is a must-visit. Aside from a vibrant breakfast menu that reads straight from your wildest dreams, their Vanilla Pancakes come topped with lashings of mascarpone, almond crumble and only the most authentic Canadian-made maple syrup — what a way to start the day.
Where: 100 Burleigh Street, Burleigh Waters
Espresso Moto is now double the fun with two locations to enjoy some tasty pancakes. Their pan-cooked seasonal hotcakes are fat and fluffy and covered in berry goodness, smothered in caramel and topped with ice cream! We have to say, some of the very best around in our opinions.
Where: Shop 1/88 Markeri Street, Mermaid Beach and 2/1389 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
Stable Coffee & Kitchen
Ok, so we cheated a little here, technically speaking, this hotspot’s take are crêpes. You’d be forgiven for thinking these are just pancakes but with a French accent. And you’re partly right; however, the Banana Banoffee Crêpe are seductively thinner, made with buckwheat and crammed with coconut yoghurt, grilled banana and chocolate pecan crumble. If this already doesn’t sound divine, add that these are Vegan and gluten-free, we think you’ve already started planning your trip to Tugun!
Where: Cornerstone Stores, 570 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun
Words by Alex Mitcheson.
In what may be the happiest news of all time for those who love a good hazelnut spread (everyone), Friday the 5th of February marks World Nutella Day. Which means it’s time to celebrate the gooey, nutty godsend that literally whips people into a frenzy.
In honour of the day for which we are eternally grateful, here are 10 spots offering Nutella creations (listed North to South).
D Point 10 – Ferrero Rocher Doughnut
The Ferrero Rocher Doughnuts (filled with lashings of Nutella) are some the very best things in the entire world and you (and should) can eat them by the dozen at D Point 10. So soft, so fluffy, so great.
Where: 71 Stevens Street, Southport, 2/2791 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach and 201 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes
Blendlove – Nutella Cheezecake
Hands down the best Nutella cheezecake ever made because it’s Vegan, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Refined (Cane Sugar) Free, Dairy Free, and Soy Free, all the things! Choc hazelnut and buckini crust, creamy hazelnut cheesecake layer, topped with vegan chocolate and fresh hazelnuts. No guilt here.
Where: 1/253 Ferry Road, Southport
Salt Meats Cheese – Nutella Pizza
It’s pizza with Nutella on top- what’s not to love? Oh and it comes with whipped cream so there’s that too.
Where: 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
Paradox Coffee Roasters – Iced Nutellalate
So it’s an Iced Latte but with Nutella which, as far as we’re concerned, makes it’s one of the best things in the world. Need we say more.
Where: The 4217, 7/10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise
Elk Espresso – Nutella Thick Shake
Elk Espresso are famous for their insane Nutella Thick Shake and they are literally one of the most delicious things you’ll ever taste. Maybe order two.
Where: 16 Chelsea Avenue, The Oasis Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Cowch – Nutella Waffle Sandwich
There’s plenty of Nutella goodness at Cowch but in particular we are HUGE fans of the Nutella Waffle Sandwich with two scoops of creamy Nutella ice cream sandwiched between two Belgian waffles with a scoop of Nutella, crushed Oreo and strawberries. Yep.
Where: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach
Bam Bam Bakehouse – Nutella Cronuts
Bam Bam’s Nutella Cronuts are the best way to start every day. The nutty spread is wrapped up in a soft buttery and sugar coated flaky croissant dough and honestly who even needs an explanation, jsut go eat some.
Where: 2519 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
All Time Coffee – Notella Doughnuts
For all the vegans out there, you don’t have to miss out! All-Time Coffee came up with an all vegan version of Nutella, No-tella. Nutella has never tasted so…healthy.
1/2478 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Paddock Bakery – Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie
Paddock’s cookies are perfection no matter which flavour you choose but the Nutella stuffed guy also boasts chocolate chips and is both soft and pull aparty and so very excellent.
Where: Hibiscus Haven, Miami
Ze Pickle – Oreogazm
A true Nutella connoisseur will go nuts for this one; it’s deep fried Oreos in doughnut batter with ice cream and Nutella drizzled on top. The dream.
Where: 1/37 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads
Words by Kirra Smith