The Lott Café & Espresso Bar

4/217 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina
“The Lot!”

That’s The Farmer’s response to the question, ‘What would you like with that?’ Two decades of farm life have left their mark. A carnivore by heritage, he’d much rather a steak for breakfast than a green smoothie.

“The cows have eaten the grass already, so why be a vegetarian!” he quips.

Learning that there’s a café named after his food preference he’s downright chuffed!

The Lott forms part of a small enclave of shops housing some pretty decent value suburban dining. There’s easy off street parking just outside; one reason why coffees are racing out the door. The other is Lott’s excellent Campos coffee.

We sip our coffees and look around at the recent refurbishment. Owners Ashleigh and Jarrad Moore have created a cosy welcoming spot. They greet regulars by name, and the restaurant features a huge chalkboard full of patrons’ grateful comments.

Looking through the brekkie menu of homemade Bircher Muesli, Eggs Bene, BLT, and even omelette, The Farmer keeps scanning, searching. Until he finds his treasure: The Lott Breakfast!

He was in for a treat: Eggs, bacon, mushrooms, baby spinach, tomato, a fine continental pork sausage, hash brown and two slices of sourdough toast. The plate is piled high with a veritable feast!

My Brekkie bruschetta is more of a piece of art: poached eggs and bacon strewn across a bed of tomato, basil pesto and crumbled feta, on top of Turkish bread. Filling, but a delight for the eyes, it’s fresh and delicious.

“That looks fantastic!” say diners at the next table, hoeing into their regular brekkie of avocado on sourdough. Of course they’re commenting on my dish. His has been reduced to a pile of rubble! “We come here every weekend,” they add.

The lunch menu is full of light flash food: deluxe burgers featuring eye fillet, chicken schnitzel or tofu, including a serve of chips; Peri Peri duck shanks, hot dogs and salads.

The Lott Burger is the biggest Friday night sale item. It’s asy to see why! Laden with a 100% Aussie beef burger and salad, and spiked with a skewer of bacon, it’s a beautiful sight. This is a real burger. Not the fast food impersonation often seen in town, it’s a burger like they used to make in country cafés before haute cuisine gave us sliders.

The Lott is a great alternative to facing the clatter of the stiletto set in town. Funky but relaxed, it provides a cosy suburban nook to kick back during weekend hours, or to catch-up with friends. You can come here for a quiet meltdown after the working week, a wind down, or a re-pump with a healthy or indulgent breakfast.

 

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