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Veggie scrumptiousness awaits at a new Ethiopian-based mecca

Zala's Place exterior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Zala's Place exterior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Finding little hubs of gorgeous food and drink around the Gold Coast is a staple hobby of many of you out there these days. Little pockets of hard-working individuals who tirelessly create incredible food, often from scratch, for us to come along and savour. The newly opened Zala’s Place in Currumbin Waters is no exception to this rule; taking meat-free delectable dishes to an all-time high and rubbing off some seriously good vibes for those who decide to drop by.

The Traders Corner precinct on Currumbin Creek Road is fast becoming a go-to spot for all things delicious, and nestling in the back left-hand corner is Zala’s Place — entering the scene with a standout array of foods we know you are just going to love.

Heading up the kitchen is Zak Taylor, who has swapped fine-dining chef duties (ex Labart, Rick Shores) for an immersion into vegetable and plant-based delights — and for this, folks, we should be forever grateful.

Split Pea Stew with Roast Vege Mix & Coffee, Zala's Place (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Split Pea Stew with Roast Vege Mix & Coffee, Zala's Place (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

The menu has strong roots within Ethiopian cuisine and uses traditional dishes and flavours to create exciting and tasty fare, such as their Split Pea Stew and Spiced Pumpkin Stew. The menu will revolve and slowly change in time to keep things interesting for those who cannot help but come back time after time.

Other hot items such as a Spiced Sweet Potato Roll look and taste just like it’s meat equivalent — if not better. Look, we’re not knocking the humble sausage roll, no, but you must give one of these a try!

Quick and easysalads are made fresh every day and are the perfect accompaniment to something heavier or, if you prefer, just to have simply on their own. A jam-packed Falafel Wrap is also an easy option if the abundant choices are a bit too much for you!

The folks behind the space want Zala’s to be enjoyed across the day and will ensure coffee fans are catered for with Elixir coffee beans delivered via a very unique and not often seen brew bar-style coffee machine. Meaning when the crowds turn up for their morning fix, amazing coffee can be knocked out at speed and without hiccup.

And should you feel like something sweet (because, why not), you’re spoilt with a selection of gluten and dairy-free slices and cakes such as their Teff Lamington and All Spice Orange Slice. Sidenote: Teff is an ancient grain indigenous to Ethiopia and is your next favourite superfood!

Zala's Place interior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Zala's Place interior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

Currently, open six days a week, Zala’s caters for breakfast and lunch. Still, we hear a whisper they are looking forward to putting together opportunities to enjoy their food in the evenings also: watch this space.

An essential aspect of the space is community, and eats aside, you’ll also discover a small selection of locally made artisan goods such as hand-poured candles by Girls That Brunch and vegan made soaps from Little Loving Things, as well as others. Drop in for a bite, and you may just end up taking away a little something for yourself or a gift for that somebody special.

With a core choice of vegan dishes and a spattering of vegetarian options in there also, there’s no excuse not to enjoy the spoils of this Ethiopian-based mecca of veggie scrumptiousness.

When: Mon – Fri: 7am – 2pm, Sat: 7am – 12pm
Where: 4/27-31 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Waters

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Coconut Jam Drop, Teff Lamington and All Spice Orange Slice, Zala's Place (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Coconut Jam Drop, Teff Lamington and All Spice Orange Slice, Zala's Place (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

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