It’s been quite some time since we’ve brought you news from Reedy Creek but today is the day Gold Coasters and it’s happy news indeed. The Allotment Café opened recently and the man behind the newbie is none other than Simon Capewell, former Executive Chef at The Langham Melbourne, which is quite the establishment.
As many city-ites do, Simon made the move north in search of warmer climates and a more relaxed way of life and that we can provide in our little south east corner.
In return, he has given us The Allotment, a corner space just off the M1 in Reedy Creek complete with a spacious outdoor deck and lots of wooden accents, making it the perfect fit for the leafy, tree-lined suburb.
Which, as it turns out, had quite the need for a café of this calibre. Not only has Simon made his mark in Melbourne, his earlier career saw him dishing up quality eats in the UK, Malaysia and Central America and this diversity is what makes the food at The Allotment quite the experience.
You’ll be pleased to know the coffee is 100% ethically sourced, fair trade and certified organic from the gang at Seven Miles. All the meat is also organic and the idea behind the venue is to create a community of people who share in the bounty of the produce (hence the name Allotment).
Simon says (sorry) locals are bringing herbs from their personal gardens to be used in the dishes and if that’s not the most 2018 thing you’ve ever heard.
So, the food. Open for breakfast and lunch, the menu changes every two weeks so you better get yourself down there to taste test at the earliest available opportunity.
There’s a dish that involves smoked avocado and while we don’t want to give too much away, we can almost guarantee you haven’t seen anything like it around these parts.
An Asian-inspired Pork Belly is crisp and also succulent and the Open Faced Cured Salmon with a petite citrus salad is both colourful and of the melt in your mouth variety.
For dessert, the Beetroot and Chocolate Brownie with chocolate soil is the go and it may just be the softest, tastiest brownie of all.
Simon’s got some big ideas for the upcoming weeks, most of which we’ve never experienced on the Coast before. Keep your eyeballs peeled.
P.S Reedy Creek is literally a five minute trek from Burleigh so let there be no excuses for not sampling the goods for yourself.
LOCATION: Shop 7/50 Woodlands Drive, Reedy Creek
HOURS: Monday to Friday 7am to 3pm, Saturday 7am to 2pm
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.