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Former Paddock owners open Tarte Bakery & Café in Burleigh

Tarte Bakery (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

So it seems the best news of 2020 comes out of our very own Burleigh Heads and you guessed it, involves the very best of baked treats and a few familiar faces.

We’re talking about the opening of Tarte Bakery & Cafe, which is happening Wednesday August 19th and if there is one thing you absolutely must do this year, it’s head in there and eat absolutely everything.

Tarte Bakery & Cafe entrance (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Tarte is the stunning new baby of Gold Coast hospitality royalty Chloe Watts, former owner of Paddock Bakery and an absolute magician when it comes to creating a world-class venue. It can be found on a sunny corner block in the heart of Burleigh, where Vecchia Roma once lived and look, you won’t miss it, there’ll be hordes of people (socially distanced obviously) wanting to get in for the rest of time.

The space has been entirely redone with the front façade being pulled out and put back in again to create a Soho, West Village (NYC) vibe that’s perfectly at home amongst the surrounding greenery. It’s all cool whites and calming blues with a huge open window overlooking the street, perfect for that Parisian-inspired people watching we all love while sipping coffee and downing baked goodies.

Tarte Bakery (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

As you’d expect from Chloe, the space is beautifully put together – an antique bench was brought in from a rural NSW movie theatre (circa 1940’s), the door handles are over 100 years old, a luggage rack from an old train holds the bread behind the counter and Chloe’s Dad built a bench seat at the back.

Our favourite detail are the little gold cups Chloe bought from a London flea market years ago when she first decided she wanted to open a café and has been saving for this very moment ever since. Oh and the fact that she (and her builder) hand-chiselled 5,000 tiny black tiles into the floor. A labour of love indeed.

We could go on but let’s chat eats shall we?

Tarte Bakery (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

First things first, the sweet baked treats will absolutely blow your mind. Every single one of them.

A Gold Coast first is the Cookie Cup which is indeed a cup made out of cookie mixture and served with warm vanilla bean milk (cold in summer). Yep, that’s a (very amazing) thing.

There are also Chocolate Praline Tartes, Cannoli with whipped ricotta and choc chips, a Rhubarb Custard Tarte, the list goes on. Many of the items are vegan and some are gluten-free but all are absolutely mind-blowing. We’ll let you discover the rest for yourself.

In terms of cooked dishes, there are some life changers and you’re going to want to sample them all. Starting with the Turkish Eggs with whipped Greek yoghurt, two poached eggs and Turkish spiced butter and served with white sourdough. Chloe has wanted to put that one on her menu for a while now and we are so very happy she did. There’s also Miso Scramble, a packed Breakfast Burrito and BAGELS in many epic flavours.

Turkish Baked Eggs, Tarte Bakery (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

You should also sample the Roasted Grape Tartine, the Toastie (best in the world) and Cauliflower Burger because they are all some of the tastiest things we’ve ever eaten, hands down.

Every dish on the menu is thoughtfully created and balanced with intricate flavours and look just really yummy honestly. Best get down there and try them all for yourself hey.

Tarte Bakery & Cafe is sweet and sophisticated, warm and welcoming and the absolute perfect addition to Burleigh’s dining scene.

Mushroom Tartine, Tarte Bakery (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Things are looking up Gold Coasters, how good.

LOCATION: 2 West Street, Burleigh Heads
HOURS: TBC

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Tarte Bakery (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Burleigh Heads Bowls Club

20 reasons locals love Burleigh Heads

Oh Burleigh you little beauty, what’s not to love right? Since the dawn of time (or the dawn of the GC at least) Burleigh has been one of the most-loved suburbs amongst a slew of strong contenders.

Sure, the beach is beautiful and James Street boasts all the best eats and acai bowls galore but it’s more than that, Burleigh has a soul of its own born of cruisy, barefoot, salty seabreeze vibes you simply won’t find anywhere else.

Gushing aside, here are 20 solid reasons why the locals love it and you should too (or else). And yes, we understand there are many more, hold your horses for list 2.0.

Restaurant Labart
The fine dining venue is only a couple of years old, but in that time has become one of the Gold Coast’s premier dining destinations. Tucked away on West Street, the five-star, seasonal produce-led restaurant is an absolute must-visit and your dining experience there is one you won’t long forget. The produce is sustainable and the wine list is filled with some of the most stunning natural wines in the world. The service is impeccable too, but in a fun, not-too-formal way. We LOVE.
Where: 2A/8 West Street, Burleigh Heads 

Rosella’s 
It’s the good time, slightly fancy Australiana bar of your dreams and it is perfectly at home in Burleigh Heads. Rosella’s very quickly became a firm local favourite when it opened last year and with both a drinks and food menu made up entirely of Australian produce, we are in love. There are cocktails made with Nutri Grain, some of the tastiest toasties around and all the very best Aussie beers. It’s refined, beautifully decked out and created by a couple of absolute legends. Love.
Where: 6/1734 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Mr Hizola’s
Yum, contemporary Cantonese food, we love you. Mr Hizola’s is dishing up the goods in the form of tasty share-style dishes and we are here for it. Particularly the sizzling steak dish that is all kinds of delicious and an array of epic cocktails to match. Mr Hizola’s is by the gang who brought you Hideaway Kitchen and Bar, Nightjar (see below), Bine, Soho Place and Nightcap, so it’s fair to say they know what’s up.
Where: 1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Hill
Well hasn’t this simple little piece of Mother Nature become a local legend. No matter the day of the week (but particularly Sunday arvos) “the hill” as it’s affectionately known is packed with picnic rugs, ball games and groups of revelers basking in the sunshine. Looking out over the ocean and with the city in the distance, it’s the perfect spot for a late afternoon lemonade or early morning coffee date with the crew. If you’re feeling energetic, take a stroll around the hill to Talle Creek for some Insta-worthy scenery.
Where: The south end of The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads

Nightjar
It’s the good old-fashioned party bar Burleigh has welcomed with open arms and there’s absolutely no doubt that all the best things go down behind Nightjar’s spray painted roller door. Inspired by wanderluster Sailor Jerry and with very few rules, the back alley bar is home to epic live jams, crazy cocktails and guaranteed good times.
Where: Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads 

Iku Yakitori Bar
Yakitori translates to chicken on a stick, simple enough to describe, but much more intricate in nature. As for Iku, ask the crew when you stop in. Also found in Burleigh’s bustling back alley, Iku is even better than you’d imagine it to be. Skewers are the name of the game and no part of the chicken is left behind. There’s also veggo ones and some ridiculous edamame dip and plenty of tasty cocktails too.
Where: Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads 

Jimmy Wahs
The stunning space offers incredible Vietnamese dishes inspired by Head Chef Jakes’ trip through Vietnam and a desire to eat some of the very best street food in the world every single day. Same. It’s a refined style of dining paired with mouthwatering cocktails and a sleek, paired back vibe. Jimmy Wahs is one of the Gold Coast’s most impressive eateries and we are big fans.
Where: 1724 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Sean Scott Boutique
Gold Coast local Sean Scott is a world-renowned surf and nature photographer and his gallery on James Street is filled with his stunning images and the coolest of clothing and accessories. The gallery has been open for five years and is the perfect spot to stop in for some creative inspo or grab yourself a piece of Sean’s incredible art. Read our interview with the man himself here.
Where: 21 James Street, Burleigh Heads

Rick Shores
Literally opening out onto the sand at Burleigh beach, Rick Shores is loved (not only locally) for its stunning sunset views and those tiny little taste sensations otherwise known as Bug Rolls. If you’ve never tasted one, you’ve been wasting your life, make a booking RIGHT NOW and order them all. Wash them down with one of Rick’s signature cocktails and you’re a bonafide Burleigh-ite.
Where: Shop 3, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Bowls Club
A relaxing little beachside club loved by young and old alike, Burleigh Bowls has been around since 1937 and is certainly a prime piece of real estate these days. Barefoot Bowls roll on from 12 to 5pm every Sunday and it’s a measly $5 per person including coaching and bowls (AKA ball whipper snappers). Live music can be heard on Sunday arvos from 2 to 6pm. Get down and support your local while sipping on a schooner.
Where: Connor Street, Burleigh Heads

The Village Markets
Our beloved boutique fashion and lifestyle market, The Village Markets, is home to hundreds of local makers and has helped to launch the international careers of countless creatives. Head down for an early morning coffee and breakfast while wandering through the stalls until it’s time for lunch. Oh and there’s always live music if you need a breather. It’s the best way to spend a sunny Sunday
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Baker
The baked goods that come out of this friendly little bakery are honestly something else. Owners Geoff and Lisa are passionate about baking and opened Burleigh Baker to provide us with the best tasting and most nutritious Artisan Sourdough and boy do they deliver. They use only the finest ingredients and the traditional process of fermentation. Do not buy bread anywhere else. You’re welcome.
Where: 13/50 James Street, Burleigh Heads

Freedom Float Centre
Floating in an enclosed tank of water may not seem like the most freedom-inducing activity in the world but trust us, it is. It’s the perfect place to experience the deepest of relaxation for the mind and body and literally involves floating weightlessly in a concentrated salt solution in a specially designed lightproof and soundproof pod. You’ll be shut off from the entire world. Sign us up!
Where: 105 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

Justin Lane Rooftop
Don your finest frock and rally up your girlfriends for a Sunday session and a spot of people watching on the roof at Justin Lane. With cocktails in hand and a balmy breeze blowing in through the windows, you need never go anywhere else again. After a few hours, pop downstairs for one of Justin’s famous pizzas and that’s your Sunday sorted.
Where: 1708 – 1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Pavilion
Absolute beachfront views and balmy ocean breezes aside, Burleigh Pavilion is a real treat. The interior is all pastel hues with greenery dotted throughout, two distinct sides including a sit down restaurant (The Tropic) and a more casual beach bar-style situation (The Terrace) for the best of both worlds. There are tasty eats on both sides and many a refreshing cocktail. Not to mention their new baked goods-filled van. Get involved in all of that.
Where: Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Pavilion (image supplied)
Burleigh Pavilion (image supplied)

Ze Pickle
The OG of giant, gourmet burgers, Ze Pickle’s Burleigh Heads store is all the best burgery things. Opened by friends Joey, Nathan and Aaron in 2012, the concept has spread around Australia and is now loved nationwide. Paired by your favourite local craft beer or a tipple of primo tequila and you’ve got yourself a good time.
Where: Corner Park Avenue and Connor Street, Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Farmers Markets
Everyone’s favourite Saturday morning market adventure. Get up early, grab your basket and set out in search of fruit, veggies and of course, your first coffee of the weekend. These days the farmers market also boast locally made clothing and homewares, flowers, meat and seafood and delicious breaky and lunch options. There’s also live music and plenty of laughter floating around. Happy days.
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

David Fleays Wildlife Park
Nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads, David Fleay’s is a wildlife park with a difference. Stroll through the tranquil surroundings to experience some of Queensland’s most iconic natural habitats and meet the resident wildlife — all in just one day. Explore the park solo or join the dedicated Park Rangers at the daily wildlife shows.
Where: Corner of West Burleigh Road and Loman Lane in West Burleigh

Burleigh Brewing Co.
If there’s one thing Burleigh deserves (the big legend), it’s a brewery and Burleigh Brewing Co. certainly delivers. After opening in 2006, Burleigh Brewing Co. has produced nine delicious drops with delightful names such as ‘My Wife’s Bitter’ and ‘FIGJAM’ – perfectly Burleigh. Get a sixer for Netflix and chill or head into the brewery from Wednesday to Sunday afternoons to get amongst it. There’s live tunes too, what a combination.
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

Lockwood Bar
A somewhat hidden little speakeasy in the heart of Burleigh Heads, Lockwood Bar specialise in all of the very best varieties of whiskey along with many a local tipple transformed into tasty cocktails. It’s a laidback, jazz bar kind of vibe, low lit, often with live music and once you’re inside, you likely won’t want to leave. We dig it.
Where: Justin Lane, Burleigh Heads

Words by Kirra Smith

Chloe Watts

Chloe Watts

Chloe Watts is the local gal who’s as sweet as pie. Not just in nature, but Chloe was at the helm of Gold Coast bakery/cafe phenomenon Paddock Bakery producing all things sweet and tasty. After passing on the reigns at Paddock, Chloe has a new project in the works in Burleigh and the people couldn’t be more excited. Due to open at the top end of James Street in Burleigh in the not too distant future, in the meantime Chloe shares with Inside Gold Coast her career to date and what we can expect from her new venture, the much anticipated Tarte.

How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I was born and raised on the Gold Coast and left to live in Sydney for six years, then moved to London for two years before returning home a few years back.

What do you love most about living here?
Undeniably the lifestyle and the weather, it truly is such a magical place.

Tell us about your career thus far?
Prior to owning and running Paddock Bakery for several years, I had some incredible opportunities in London. The best experience was working with a top private chef in London on several events. The most notable experience with him however, was staying with and cooking for John Taylor of Duran Duran and his wife Gela Nash-Taylor (creator of Juicy Couture) in their 50-room Manor in the English countryside. We cooked and served them for two weeks over Christmas on ‘THE’ Napoleon’s antique dining plates and King George’s table, while white ‘albino’ peacocks ran around. A truly surreal experience…
I also had the pleasure of working for a top London hospitality company, marketing some of London’s most notable restaurants and chefs. To gain further experience, I worked for seven pounds an hour in a famous bakery and deli, to learn the ins, outs and intricacies of how it is done on a very large scale. These experiences have undeniably shaped the way I do things within this industry here and I’m so grateful for the opportunities I was given.

Tell us about Tarte.
I have dreamed of doing Tarte for a very long time, and have forever eyed off the location it is now in. The food focuses on ‘classic’ dishes done to another level, honouring the demand for that recognisable breakfast, brunch and lunch menu, but ensuring it is taken to new heights and executed flawlessly, with absolutely everything made on site. Tarte’s bakery offerings will be rustic, and have everything from freshly made, flakey tarts, to the classic cookie and more (watch this space…).
Over the years I travelled to NYC for weeks at a time. While there, I fell in love with the style and aesthetic of West Village and Soho and I knew very early on that I wanted to achieve that look for Tarte. Simply put, the aesthetic of Tarte is a ‘West Village – New York’ style with a Parisian influence. It has a fully custom dark charcoal frontage, made from high quality timber and super high windows and doors. The interior will be filled with marble, tiles, blacks, whites and brass accents throughout. The main service and display counter is a 100 year old antique counter from a country NSW town Movie Theatre with the lights above from mid-century Amsterdam. The idea of Tarte is to be completely open, offering a seamless flow from indoors to out.

What is the process of creating Tarte from concept to reality?
Honestly, it’s a lot of hard work and attention. Nothing is simple. Every decision has to be well thought out and serves its purpose. Each element of design was carefully curated to achieve the look I wanted but also to make sure the staff are comfortable at their stations and that we have good flow for our customers. It also means getting your hands dirty – I personally put in over 3,000 individual black mosaics with the tiler – those three days were not fun! Haha. We hope it’s paid off!

Why do you think the Gold Coast needs a bakery/cafe like Tarte?
I think the Gold Coast has some wonderful bakeries and cafes, namely my brother’s establishments, Bam Bam, Custard Canteen and Cubby Bakehouse, as well as Paddock Bakery, now owned by Dion and Maya. All four of these places are some of the best in QLD, not just the Coast and I’m extremely proud to be connected to them. So simply put, we have amazing places, but Tarte will have its own unique character and menu with a style the Gold Coast hasn’t seen before. It’s also something new for Burleigh Heads, with loads of outdoor seating under the trees and in the warm sun – Burleigh hasn’t really had that before, so I’m super excited to offer not only good food and a great space, but over 100 seats outside in the iconic Burleigh Heads!

What can the Gold Coast anticipate from Tarte’s menu?
I have been curating this menu for 12 months, and I cannot WAIT to share it with the Gold Coast! For now though, it’s top secret 😉

Tell us your favourites on the Coast…
Restaurant for dinner: Francie’s in Coolangatta for a casual date night – best pizza around! Rick Shores is hard to beat when you combine the tasty food with that unbeatable view and of course, my good friend’s over at Labart are downright amazing!
Bar or pub for a drink: The Scottish Prince is great fun on the weekend!
Café for breakfast: Paddock Bakery still has my heart
Coffee spot: Seadog in Burleigh does epic takeaway coffee and has kept me going through this fitout!
How does your weekend usually look: At the moment? Covered in dust and paint! Haha. Otherwise with my fiancé and little cavoodle relaxing at home or making a day trip south with a podcast on…

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