Gold Coast café culture has done well from the downward shift in fine dining culture. Hot Shott is no exception, with owners Chef Kellie Rolfe and barista Jenna Finch leaving Palazzo Versace to open their own business in Main Beach in 2016.
Named after their chocolate-lined waffle espresso cup, this ‘play on words’ café bears a joyfulness Kellie says she picked up as a chef in Bermuda. Many menu items cross the boundaries of tradition and whimsy such as the theatre of trout emerging smoking hot from under a cloche at the table.
“I want to be playful and see what I can do with food,” Kellie tells us. “Visually you see it, smell it, taste it. When you play with all the senses you create a different experience – playful but not unapproachable.”
Kellie’s recipe for fresh sweetcorn fritters puts a new twist on the coast’s favourite, smashed avo. It’s a delicious weekend breakfast to make at home.
Hot Shott Café, 3/17 Tedder Avenue, Main Beach Ph: 07 5532 3275