It doesn’t seem that long ago that Evergreen was all the rage for a family breakfast or brunch for ‘ladies who lunch’. A verdant wild jungle in the middle of busy suburbia, replete with overflowing water fountains and voluminous plants, owner/chef Robert Powell and his wife Lynne employed a bevy of young wait staff to keep up with the volume of trade.
Two owners later, Ai Ling Chin, who had seen the potential in the abandoned venue, has brought the venue back to life as Greendays.
Greendays it is, the well-chosen, exotic plants bursting with colour around us, heliconia and bromeliads popping red against green foliage and slate grey walls.
With a travertine floor, skylights, newly planted luxe gardens and new furniture, the restaurant is a cleaner, more modern version of its former life as a Balinese garden. A library has been added to the southern end and comfortable lounges surround the bar, tucked around the corner from the main dining area. Although the intersection of Bundall and Ashmore Roads swings around its edges, inside you could be a tropical paradise world away.
We have visited on several occasions, enjoying Pancakes with poached seasonal fruit and coconut ice cream, Fish of the day, and Crisp Borrowdale free-range pork belly with frekkah and roast onion purée.
Today, we’re back for breakfast, several months after the venue reopened.
Divided into ‘feeling sweet’ and ‘feeling savoury’, the breakfast menu covers most of the bases, from croissants and açai bowls, through egg and bacon rolls, and a Breakfast Feast, dishes ranging in size and price from $6 to $24. Smashed peas and free-range eggs with beetroot purée, Persian feta and mint on rye is a tasty breakfast, while the Mushroom toastie packed with meaty thyme-roasted portobello mushrooms sandwiched with taleggio, onion jam and spinach in toasted Turkish bread is a hearty winter meal ($16 each). Extra toast is a pricey $7.50, costed higher than chipolatas or Black Forest bacon at $6.
Meals are beautifully presented, varying for a range of appetites, so it’s worth asking wait staff for guidance. With options such as smart sandwiches (reubens, beef burgers and steak sandwiches) offset by a great range of upmarket salads and mains of fish and pork, a prawn pasta rounds out a menu of well-crafted dishes. There are house-made cakes as well as dessert, so leave room for coffee and cake.
Greendays is a licensed venue, so if you’re feeling like a wine or cocktail instead, that’s no problem, in fact it would be a great venue to sneak in Friday drinks.
There’s a mix of casual seating – high and low dining tables and lounges with plants forming screens between tables to give privacy, and several areas are discreet enough to hold group functions without disturbing other diners. Always relaxing, chairs are comfortable as well, enticing us to stay in this calming oasis.
Such a beautiful venue holds loads of appeal to ladies (well catered for in the menu). High teas start at $39, but it’s also romantic date night territory. The venue would be perfect for a baby shower, engagement, wedding or for a special birthday, with catering available from $55 per person. There’s no venue hire fee and plenty of parking behind the restaurant.
So pleased to see you back, Greendays!
6 Ashmore Rd., Bundall Ph: 07 5592 4466
Open: Daily for breakfast 7.30am – 11.30am/12 and lunch 12noon – 2.30pm. Dinner Thursday and Friday. Available for private functions.
NOTE: On one occasion, Good Food Gold Coast dined as guests of Greendays.