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Steele & Co.

Mermaid’s favourite neighbourhood café has reopened its doors this week with a brand new name, look and menu to keep you on your toes.

Vintage Espresso was a local institution for many moons but with times a-changing as rapidly as they do these days, owner Chantelle Steele decided it was time for something new.

Steele & Co., brings a sleek new take on the Alfred Street space with matte black furniture and chandeliers strung with brightly coloured cords and exposed bulbs and, the pièce de résistance, a canary yellow coffee machine making all the magic.

It’s set to be your summer go-to for pre-surf coffees and post walk, straight off the beach breakfast feasts thanks to a brand new chef (three hat accredited mind you) and barista, both of whom are experts in their hospo field.

Onto the food. Vintage was always known for its’ tasty eats and Steele & Co. have now upped their game even further.

For breakfast the French Toast is pretty as a picture with grilled peaches, mint, maple syrup and vanilla ice cream (seriously so good). There’s also the housemade Steele & Co. baked beans with bacon, chorizo and baby spinach plus poached eggs and sourdough on the side.

The lunch menu is made up of even more delightful treats with the Eggplant Canneloni and Crab and Saffron Linguine the pick of the bunch.

You can also nab yourself a small coffee for just $2 from 6am to 7am weekdays so that’s fun.

Happy days Mermaid Beach.

LOCATION: 43 Alfred Street, Mermaid Beach
HOURS: 6am to 3pm weekdays and 6am to 2pm weekends.

Words and photos by Kirra Smith.

Vintage Espresso modernises coffee to go

Changes are afoot at Vintage Espresso, Mermaid’s much-loved neighbourhood café.

Very soon you’ll be able to order everything on the menu from the comfort of your lounge room and then pop in to pick it up yourself.

That’s right, Vintage is getting the Gold Coast’s first foodie app.

All the rage in Sydney, apps for specific cafes allow orders to be prepped and picked up while they’re still hot rather than waiting for delivery. The Vintage Espresso app is perfect for ordering brekky on your way to work or if you’ve only got a limited lunch hour. From hotcakes to chicken burgers, there’s plenty to tickle your takeaway fancy.

Want more? In happy news for coffee connoisseurs (everyone), the early bird certainly gets the worm at Vintage. From 6 to 7am every day small takeaway coffees are only $2. So really the only question left to answer is, how many coffees can you consume in one hour?

Chantelle and the team are also encouraging customers to embrace eco-friendly cups and plastic free July so if you’ve got a reusable cup take it along and you’ll get yourself a 10% discount. That means small coffees are only $1.80 until 7am!

Besides all this excitement, owner Chantelle Fields is about to revamp the Alfred Street space, she’s poached a couple of Chefs from Melbourne’s most foodie-centric suburbs and the team have added a few tasty new menu items including homemade baked goodies that are literally flying out the door.

In our ever-changing local foodie landscape Vintage Espresso remains tried and true. Order your brekky, pop in for your coffee and that’s your day made.

LOCATION: 1/43 Alfred Street, Mermaid Beach
HOURS: 6am to 3pm every day.

Words and photos by Kirra Smith.

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