Great coffee, great food, great service… they’re the three legs that any great coffee shop stands on. Sure, being trendy is a plus, but if the three essentials aren’t right nothing much will be happening!
Fortunately, when we visit Crew in Burleigh pre COVID-19, there’s a lot going on. Located close to Burleigh’s busiest corner, the bright beachy café enjoys lots of foot traffic. If the whitewash walled vibe is not enough to pull people through the door, the welcoming smiles of manager Mitch Ryan will surely do it. Smell the coffee, enjoy the welcome, love the menu!
Crew comes from good stock. It’s the seventh cafe for the seasoned Only Hospitality Group team led by Julien Moussi who, after holidaying on the Gold Coast, grabbed the opportunity to open a venture interstate. Crew joins Bentwood in Fitzroy, My Other Brother in Camberwell, Clubhouse and Winter in Malvern, Stanley in Mount Waverley and Nelson in Box Hill as part of the group’s holdings, as well as Inglewood Roastery, the house coffee.
All of it – the décor, coffee and food, are on point. There’s not even a hint of uncertainty. Instead, looking at the all-day menu and watching as dishes exit the kitchen, we know that we’re in sure hands.
Great coffee’s a given, with lots of varieties on offer including Sunset Boulevard, a Colombian, Brazilian and Honduras mix that suits Burleigh, it’s swaying branches at the front of the shop moving with the casual vibe of beach suburbs worldwide.
Not only is the coffee a smash hit, but this is arguably the best breakfast menu we’ve seen in downtown Burleigh. Period.
Using tried and true dishes tested on their Melbourne audiences, we see food packed with flavour, interesting twists on local favourites in good sized serves. It’s a menu that’s broad enough to cover all bases in daytime dining catering for food preferences and a mix of healthy and indulgent.
Thinking savoury, Avo smash is seeded and served with chilli flakes, peas and an optional side of bacon; the Breakfast bowl is spiced up with black sesame dukkah; Salmon has a Japanese touch, pan-fried to achieve a crispy skin then brushed with sriracha and finished off in the oven to be served on a bed of zucchini noodles, edamame and avocado with a fried basil and herb dressing; Chilli scrambled eggs comes Vietnamese style served with bacon, fried shallots, Vietnamese mint and coriander; the chef’s take on çhick ‘n’ waffles being Fried chicken on cheddar cornbread waffles slathered with maple syrup, sriracha honey butter and a serve of mustard dill slaw.
There are sweet brekkies as well including nourishing bowls with buckwheat granola and pitaya chia pudding. Even more exotic Nutella oozing Hong Kong bubble waffles are topped with bruléed banana, raspberry purée, vanilla mascarpone and pistachio, while Middle Eastern-influenced Rose-blossom hotcakes are served with raspberry curd, strawberries and passionfruit, dark-chocolate meringue and mascarpone.
Seriously? Even though Crew is now only doing takeaway due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I’d be getting on that skateboard to zoom right down. Best brekkie in Burleigh? Even as a takeaway, yes. You tell us what YOU think!
3 Connor Street, Burleigh Heads, Open daily 6am – 4pm