If you travel down to Tugun where the two highways meet, you’ll find a winning combo: simple food done well, great coffee and friendly service.
“Tugun is a really cool suburb,” says Damien (DJ), who owns the café with his partner Ebony. “We’ve met some really awesome people here!”
With great Marvell Street coffee from Byron Bay (one of our favourites) and a simple blackboard menu, it’s obvious that Good Day Coffee’s clientele have been won over by the café’s ability to do simple things well.
“We opened in August 2013 with coffee and sweets, and have slowly built up our range of goods. There’s no grease trap at present, so our food is limited, but we have plans to expand. Watch this space!” he adds.
“We’ve created the menu around the way we like to eat,” Damien tells me. “No fuss, eat in house or take away, good ingredients, order at the counter, fast service…”
That’s exactly what we find: wholesome rustic food such as Avocado smash, Ham and gruyère toastie, Roasted tomato and goat’s cheese on toast, Home-made granola, and Raspberry and pear loaf from the best ingredients, all made in house except for the bread.
It’s easy to feel the sunshine.
Good Day Coffee has become a mandatory stop for many locals to drop in on week days for their morning coffee. But come the weekend, the clientele travels further, hanging out for a relaxed brunch and coffee.
In fact that’s exactly what we’ve done. Drawn south by a simple photo of Good Day’s All Day Salad, we’re following my passion for a weekend brekkie salad. The dish more than meets my expectations. Packed with spinach, microherbs, peas, raw almonds and seeds, and topped with tzatziki dressing and poached chicken (14) this is the perfect brunch to see me through to dinner.
The Main squeeze chooses a Ham and gruyere toastie. Like all the menu items here it’s nothing fancy but they’re all piqued in interest by some special touch: a chilli herb sprinkle on the toastie; nut, seeds and microherbs on the salad. We accompany our meals with a Marvell daily grind, their house blend coffee. There’s a range of single origin or filter coffees on offer, as well as juices and teas.
There’s nothing too complex here, nothing pretentious, even in the décor. Polished concrete floors provide a home for ply furniture surrounding a long tile-topped communal table. The work area and espresso bar take up the back of the shop. Shelving is functional rather than merely decorative, as is the counter top laden with biscuits and muffins ready for sale beside a bucket of freshly made cold-pressed juices.
It would be so easy to grab a coffee or juice with a bite to go, so relaxed to sit and dwell a while. Good Day Coffee… so simple yet so good…
2/476 Gold Coast Highway, Tugun Ph:0411 059 334