Base Eatery Espresso, Benowa

Benowa’s hardly a likely spot for a little posh nosh, but there it is, The Base, smack bang on the outside of a suburban shopping centre!

You could be anywhere, really, in a Melbourne laneway, or in Surry Hills, and that’s exactly what owner Steven Jones wants – to bring a laid back but efficient eatery/espresso bar into the burbs.

It’s a trendy fitout of wood, steel, copper and brick – all elemental, fired along by its La Marzocco espresso machine fronting the street and the wood-fired pizza oven at the back. In between there’s lots of casual seating, too small for armchairs, more ‘huddle and share’ stools but inviting because of the cosy warm tones.

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The café caters for a mixed clientele: traditional breakfasts, healthy starts such as the Superstart (poached eggs, kale and roasted pine nuts), a lunch menu of burgers, salads and pasta. At lunchtime and on Friday nights, the pizza menu rolls out. There’s also a ‘to go’ cabinet, a specials board and menu changes every month or so. Steven tells me that the café’s increasing the wholefood menu and gluten-free options, so keep asking!

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We pass the freshly-baked muffins beckoning from the front counter, to order from the menu. Our breakfast’s healthy and delicious. I choose a generous bowl of Açai blended with banana and fresh apple juice, all fruit in a bowl, topped with the crunch of toasted muesli; the Main Squeeze orders a Brekky Burger filled with eggs, bacon, caramelised onion and homemade chutney. There’s a fresh Berry Nice smoothie to go with that, and a Story ‘Madman Blend’ coffee, Barefoot and Borough Barista’s own blend – strong, smooth, and guaranteed to get me through the rest of the day with ease.

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We’ve also been to the Base for Friday nibbles and drinks, sharing pizzas and the Antipasto platter. There’s a range of well-priced tapas to share, from sliders to calamari, Pork belly to Tempura… Base makes a modern thin-crusted pizza, not overladen with topping, but packed with punch, the flavours sealed in by the wood oven – very yummy! With a well-chosen, reasonably priced wine list, a good range of beers, including the local Burleigh Brewing’s Hef, or ciders, there’s plenty of drink choices to accompany your meal.

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The Base Eatery Espresso is a funky, inviting space with a cool relaxed vibe. The well-balanced menu has wide appeal, yet caters well for the health-conscious. Whether you want coffee and cake, breakfast, lunch, drinks, takeaway pizza or tapas, the Base is a welcome addition to a suburb in need of such a great little eatery.

Shop 38, Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre, Cnr Ashmore & Benowa Rds., Benowa Ph: 07 5564 5023

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Open 9am – 3pm Thurs – Tues (2pm close Saturday)
Benowa Gardens Shopping Centre, Benowa QLD, Australia