Nov 2018: As if we needed a reason to visit… Marie Anita’s has just launched their new summer menu. It is completely GF and sugar free using organics where possible, and now they are offering a completely diary free menu (but there’s still organic cow’s milk for my coffee, free range eggs and a couple of local free range cuts of meat including nitrate free bacon in the fridge). They also offer house-made hemp milk as well. (Note to self: Must try, even for curiosity value!) No one misses out.
Put a background in marketing together with a passion for healthy food, youth and a ‘can do’ attitude, and you have Marie Anita’s Gluten-free Health Cafe. Marie James’ gluten-free, sugar-free, organic, locally-sourced health café caters for a range of diners who are often overlooked on other menus: those who want or need dairy free, sugar-free, vegetarian, vegan and/or raw food.
Now relocated to the former Vivre a Vie (later Fingers & Bones) site, Marie Anita’s is quiet and peaceful. It’s right beside Turtle Beach Resort, well placed to service lots of units around the area.
With a large garden out the back, Marie has plans for a large deck to cater for functions, families and group dining.
There’s parking nearby behind shops off Markeri Street and, decked out in pastel colours with comfortable dining chairs it’s a pleasant, welcoming space. Without a lot of walk by traffic, the quality of the food and service is sure to bring back regular diners.
Marie has also extended the menu for this new venue. Blackboards display the daily specials as well as the rustic loaves of gluten-free bread Marie has baked that morning in the back of the shop. Specialty dietary choices (such as DF, V etc.) are clearly displayed on the printed menu.
With artist/chef Matthew Oerton on board, it’s an expansive menu. From organic baked portobello mushrooms with labneh to Pea, chickpea and mint smash, Free range organic dippy eggs with dukkah on sorghum toast to an Organic brekkie salad with raw green tahini sauce and sustainably hot smoked salmon, there’s so much choice of delicious alternatives that we find it difficult to choose our breakfasts.
Vegan French toast with fresh mango and apricot compote with macadamia and coconut crumble and coconut ice cream hits the sweet spot, especially with pure maple syrup drizzled on top.
Lunch choices include a variety of organic salads, a tempeh and fermented vegie bowl, Pan-seared wild caught fish and Raw organic spaghetti bolognese.
Accompanying our meals is a cup of Global Organic Coffee, roasted in Burleigh, which can be served with organic cows’ milk, organic soy, almond or organic coconut milk. There’s also a choice of organic loose leaf teas available, many of them caffeine free to accompany a delicious array of raw cakes.
It’s fabulous to have an organic cafe in the middle section of the Gold Coast! There’s something on the menu for everyone, made using the healthiest ingredients possible without unhealthy heavy sauces!
Sourcing organic food where she can from local suppliers, baking bread, muffins, cakes and slices daily, Marie shows us that GF food can still be attractive and taste good. In fact, Marie Anita’s Chocolate Avocado Mousse Cake is an absolute taste sensation! The avocado smooths out the cacao into a creamy rich mousse on an activated nut base which is easily digested. A must try!
The cost of organic fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, free range meats, and organic coconut yoghurt all adds up, so it’s great to see that she has kept the price down for her customers.
Despite her youth, it seems that Marie’s instincts to follow her passion have paid off. As the regulars to her café continue to increase, word is slowly spreading: this is honest to goodness, healthy and tasty food.
2364 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach Ph: 07 5572 3224 Mob: 0431 302 195 Open: Mon – Sun 7am – 4pm
NOTE: Photo credit of French toast to Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours, and menu launch photo to Marie Anita’s.