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Monty’s Alley

Brunch is a hell of a time, not quite breakfast (so you don’t have to get up too early) and not quite lunch (so you can also have lunch).

So, it is with great pleasure, we bring you the news that a brand new brunch spot has opened in Mermaid Beach offering up tasty eats in a sweet new, you-worthy space.

Monty’s Alley can be found on the Gold Coast Highway in Mermaid Beach where a fish and chip shop took up residence for 12 years (!) prior. As you may have gathered, a little side alleyway is the feature of the space with fresh whiteness all about and a few epic murals we shall now discuss.

There are two in the alleyway, both by local artist Tere Gottlieb, and both delightful. A sunflower scene complete with a sweet little message takes up one wall and a second stating “life happens, coffee helps” is all pretty flowers and the truest statement we’ve heard in awhile.

Inside the ordering section of the café (next door), a colourful mandala mural sits opposite the coffee machine, bringing the two sections together to create a funky, welcoming community style vibe in downtown Mermaid.

Now let’s chat food because it’s our favourite thing and this is a menu worth discussing. It’s both breakfast and lunch (and brunch obviously) friendly and includes Monty’s unique spin on all the dishes you love to consume.

The Spud Cakes are a firm favourite consisting of crunchy potato cakes, sautéed spinach, smashed avocado, poached eggs, chipotle sauce (love you) and fresh greens. Wash that down with a Wilde coffee, straight outta Melbourne, and you’ll be one happy bruncher.

Let’s also discuss the Smashed Avo because it is not your regular, piled high with all the avocado, Persian feta, pomegranate, black sesame, baby coriander, hummus, lemon and served on toasted Flinders Range sourdough.

The Mango Passionfruit Bowl is a housemade special with blitzed mango, passionfruit and coconut topped with fresh banana, coconut flakes, goji berries and cacao nibs.

Everything on the menu is made with healthiness in mind but there is also Nutella Croissant French Toast so don’t be alarmed. The Chefs are Bondi Wholefoods alumni so you know the eats are both good for you and very delicious.

Monty’s Alley is the work of husband and wife duo, and total legends might we say, Brooke and Nathan Ogden. It’s their first venture but you wouldn’t guess it from the quality of all the things. The café is named after Nathan’s Granddad Monty who was a café man himself back in his day and ain’t that sweet.

So there yo;u have it Mermaidians, a sweet new spot to spend your weekend mornings with a quality cuppa and even better company.

LOCATION: 9/2462 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
HOURS: 5.30am until 2pm daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

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