105/137 Laver Drive, Robina Ph. 5562 5388
It’s a pleasant surprise when you don’t expect too much from a corner coffee shop and then find out all the food’s made by the chef in the oven you can see, the coffee’s great and the service is friendly and attentive.
Euphoria Espresso Café is a rare watering hole in the urban jungle of Robina. Euphoria’s fame has spread, and punters from further afield travel far to get a taste of Richard and Esther Hoy’s hospitality.
Euphoria is a place where you stop in for a home style bite to eat and a coffee to rave about. It’s an unpretentious homey café with wholesome comfort food. There’s a choice of four enticing salads, and various sandwich choices such as BLT and open grills, but most of the baked menu items are packed into glass-fronted cabinets: Thai chicken or Curried lentil patties, Pumpkin and feta quiches, Richard’s famous Frittata, or croissants, served with salad if you wish, to have or to take away. Most meals are $10 and under, cakes and slices $3 – $5.
Thank God we missed the breakfast hour, or I might have had trouble avoiding the Eggs Benny, or even the homemade pancakes. I order Asian salad with a chicken side and a coffee. There’s a little jug of delicious honeyed balsamic dressing on the side.
The house Elixir coffee is a classic Italian style espresso blend: smooth and rich, with a nutty taste and a chocolate finish. It’s sweet and creamy, nice and hot, with the perfect crema that I’d rush back for! There’s also a single origin on offer: Indian Attikan Pulp Sun-dried.
The freshly made dairy-free fruit juices served in jam jars look amazing! The Main Squeeze enjoys a mango smoothie, rich and creamy with quality honey drizzled down the inside of the glass. He’s eyed off the cakes, tarts and brownies, preparing to swoop. The moist Choc Chip brownie beckons from the display, as does the doorstop Banana bread. That would go down a treat warmed up on a cool day! Fresh muffins top the counter, ready to bustle out the door.
He lashes out to try the house specialty Sicilian Cake, its warm apple, lemon and nut centre moist and light beneath the spoon. The cake’s a winner, even without the side of cream.
“Absolutely yummy!” I murmur, stealing a bite.
There are four staff working – Richard the chef, the barista, as well as Esther and a helper at front of house, but despite the busyness of the café, the service is cheery and attentive. There’s time for a chat to the regulars, a joke and a bit of banter here and there.
Euphoria is no grand place, but the home-baked food, pleasant customer service and fabulous attitude make it a winner. It’s a great little find that’s affordable, hearty and good for you. Way to go!