Food review: Espresso Moto Mermaid

1/88 Markeri Street, Mermaid Waters

Espresso Moto started with the great idea of mates who get together to celebrate bike culture and drink coffee at the same time. With a café at the front and a glass back wall looking through to the motorbike workshop, Espresso Moto was born. Menus were presented attached to numberplates, the café walls featuring an eclectic mix of bike memorabilia.

It was a difficult birth, the concept not embraced by ‘everyone in town’. What stuck was the great food and Allpress coffee along with the freewheeling culture referenced in the name.

Seven years later, owner Jordan Stubbs with manager Rachael Cole have opened Espresso Moto in Mermaid Waters.

Transforming the former pizzeria (long ago a seafood shop) into a café, the crew built in a takeaway window, Jordan crafted hand-made furniture and modelled a neat casual venue facing out to the corner of Sunshine Boulevard and Markeri Street, adding to the already existing food options in the nearby Markeri Food precinct.

When we visit, the café is humming with activity. There are cabinet options for a fast getaway as well as specials supplementing the daily menu.

Fans of Espresso Moto Palm Beach will recognise some of their favourite dishes: Açai bowls with home-made granola and seasonal fruit, Banoffee pancakes loaded with Nutella, banana, spiced maple, ice cream and caramel, and the Breaky Burrito loaded with beans, corn and scrambled eggs, to name a few.

Meals exiting the kitchen are generous. A single bao packed with mushrooms or streaky bacon is a meal in itself, burgers are busting at the seams, accompanied by crisp chips.

As always, great Allpress coffee is flowing with the best milk of your choice (brands clearly marked), and still or sparkling water is free! There’s Jilly tea, cold-pressed juices and smoothies for those not addicted to the bean.

Watch out for Moto Nights, expected to roll out soon, where the evening menu will feature seafood favourites such as traditional Fish and chips, Prawn Po’Boy and Fish tacos accompanied by Stone & Wood or Green Coast on tap.

Bring it on, we say!

NOTE: Blank dined as a guest of Espresso Moto Mermaid

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