Do you want to eat like a queen without feeling that your purse has been robbed? After paying over $20 for a smashed avo with goat’s cheese, we went on the hunt for the best priced brekkies in town. This is our second list (check out the first), with some rippers amongst it.
Old Coach General Store
2 Ziedan Dr, Mudgeeraba Ph: 07 5530 6443
Shane and Michelle Raymond, who took over Mudgeeraba’s Old Coach General Store late in 2017, have big plans for this store come café. They’re delving into food and even extending their fare through Uber Eats. Beyond the usual Fish and chips with gravy, there’s açai bowls on offer and burgers on brioche buns. We tried the Big Boy packed with salad and a delicious beef burger for $9.80, while the Falafel Burger with homemade mint yoghurt and hummus was only $7.50. Shane’s tradie special is a Morning After burger including a cup of local Mudgeeraba coffee for $7.50. With the store open daily from 6am – 7pm, you can ring ahead and your food will be ready for you.
Cnr Robert and Railway St, Mudgeeraba Ph: 07 5530 4400
The Oak Café is one of our best finds so far this year! It’s not grand, but it has pedigree, with co-owner/chef Paul Horne having been a chef under Raymond Blanc, at Gwinganna and finally Mondo Organics, Australia’s first licensed organic restaurant, which he credits as the inspiration for The Oak Café’s menu.
Try out The Oak’s Soaked flour pancakes with banana, praline, ice cream and pure maple syrup for $10, or our choice: Activated pistachio and pumpkin granola with fresh apple and natural yoghurt for $9. It’s also a great vegan choice.
Mr Brown’s Tuckshop
5/7 Brown Street, Labrador Ph: 07 5503 1264
We’ve never quite forgiven Rob and Chee for closing Vice Baby, their popup Asian diner in the garden behind Miami Rice, but that’s another story… Labrador is richer, having gained the crafty pair in their café, Mr Brown’s Tuckshop, a little dining beacon in an underserviced suburb.
Their Bacon and egg roll on a milk bun with pickles and homemade relish is $10, and you can choose your Old School Jaffle filling for $9. Mine’s roast mushroom, goat’s cheese and caramelised onion. Yummo!
Bronberg Plaza, 62 Slatyer Ave., Bundall Ph: 5539 3060
Peter Dufty is one person who has taken up the challenge of integrating specific dietary requirements into the mainstream menu of Caffe Republic. A classically trained ‘master chef’, Pete’s menu delivers ‘Food with a Conscience’ to your liking: Gluten-free, Paleo, Vegetarian, Dairy-free or Keto.
Whether you are going out to lunch, wish to cut back on your food intake or are a smaller appetite eater, the ‘Light Bites’ section of Caffe Republic’s menu will really hit the spot. You can enjoy quality (in lighter portions) house-baked potato bread, paleo seed toast with avo and dukkah, Bubble and squeak on Sourdough with hollandaise, or House-baked banana bread with berries, butter, coulis, granola and coco whip, all $10 and under!
Euphoria Espresso Café
105/137 Laver Drive, Robina Ph: 07 5562 5388
One could easily enter a state of euphoria looking at Euphoria’s breakfast menu. Esther and Richard are charming hosts, and their café has parking right out the front!
With well over half of the brekkie dishes under $10, it’s difficult for us to make a choice between Mashed avo and feta with a poached egg on rye and a side of capsicum jam for $7.50 (eat your heart out Bernard Salt!), Euphoria’s own Bircher muesli with banana and toasted macadamias, Greek yoghurt and honey $8.70, or Blueberry pancakes with ice cream and maple syrup $9.50
Hard Grind Coffee Retreat
32 Surf Parade, Broadbeach Ph: 07 5538 8138
Sister café to the iconic Hard Coffee of Tedder Avenue, Main Beach, Hard Grind Coffee Retreat is only metres away from Pacific Fair and The Oasis, hidden away on the ground floor of the Neptune Resort.
While many of Hard Grind’s brekkie option come in at around $11, the Bacon and egg muffin with tasty cheese, served on a toasted English muffin with BBQ or tomato sauce is an indulgent brekkie for only $6.80!
The Brick Café
9A/27 Industrial Avenue, Molendinar Ph: 07 5597 2648
There’s a strong family heritage behind The Brick Café. Louis Vell, who owns the Molendinar café with his wife Danica, spent his high school years working in the kitchen of his parents’ Broadbeach restaurant, Boonchu Thai, for thirty years a ‘go to’ place for a tasty takeaway.
With family helping out at The Brick Café, Louis is making Aussie breakfasts, such as Eggs on toast for $6.50, Brekkie Burger for $7.50, and a $5.50 Brekkie Wrap ($8 with coffee), as well as some of Boonchu’s favourite Thai dishes from 9am: soups, noodle dishes and stir fries (mostly $15).
28 Musgrave Ave., Chirn Park Ph: 07 5679 6356
There’s nothing like Ronnie’s for homestyle baking. Ronnie, a caterer, puts her heart and soul into everything, from the café’s home-baked brekkies and lunches, cakes and High Teas, staff’s friendliness, helpfulness and charity work…it’s a delight!
Food is priced to bring customers back, with brekkies including Frank Sinatra eggs your way or a Bacon and egg toastie for $5, Yoghurt and berry parfait or bircher muesli $8.50, Homemade Banana and raspberry bread with yoghurt, berries and butterscotch sauce $9.50, or three fluffy pancakes with maple syrup, mixed berries, whipped cream and their own honeycomb butter for $9.
53 Johnston Street, Southport Ph: 07 5591 7438
In the middle of a tradie area and well-used thoroughfare between major roads, The Roost is in workers’ territory. There are plenty of menu items aimed to ‘take and go’ with tradies’ brekkies and lunches racing out the door. What makes The Roost different is that everything, including the bread, is made in-house.
Bacon and egg roll for $7, Breakfast Burrito $7, Eggs your way with toast $9, Veggie Burrito with scrambled eggs, spinach, pumpkin, cheese, salsa & hot sauce is $8, and it lasts me two meals! Even an omelette with the lot is $10. So many generously-sized options, keenly priced. No wonder food from The Roost is in hot demand!
10 Frank Street, Labrador Ph: 07 5591 5103
Though the café’s name may sound like a swear word, it’s named after Frigg (or Frija, after whom Friday is named), goddess of domesticity, wisdom, love and marriage, pretty apt considering how the sisters love to cook! They also understand that people have different sizes of appetite, so the café runs two menus: the regular one and a ‘secret’ menu especially sized for (but not confined to) post-bariatric clients.
As it turns out, they’re just my size! Choosing off both menus, there are several options under $10: Free range eggs on toast $9, Acai sorbet parfait with granola $8, Hickory smoked bacon burger $10, and Avo and tomato on sourdough with balsamic glaze $9. Almost all meals on the secret menu are $12 and under. Why eat big if you don’t want to? That’s my reasoning!
Read more of Marj’s reviews on foodgoldcoast.com.au