Lovers of the Black Sheep were very pleased when the herd expanded to Currumbin Waters just over a year ago.
Although born in Fiji, owner Dinesh Nair migrated to Australia when his wife, Nimi Sharma, came to the Gold Coast to work, Dinesh finding employment at George’s Sanctuary Cove, the Hilton and then Toby’s Estate Coffee, before the opportunity arose to open his own espresso bar.
Now, there are three Black Sheep in the flock: the original Coolangatta shop underneath The Strand, Surfers Paradise (beside Pancakes in Paradise) and now Currumbin in the Post Office complex.
The restaurant proper is tiny, only large enough for a kitchen and servery, with most of the dining spilling out along breezeways in front of the shop. Easy, though, for ‘grab and go’…
…But that would be selling the Black Sheep short.
There’s no explaining the sense of humour at The Black Sheep. Maybe it’s a kiwi thing. You either get it or you don’t…
…But once you do, there’s a generous but self-deprecating humour that’s addictive, helping you feel as though you’re part of the flock.
With a quirky, earth-driven menu, The Black Sheep’s menu takes time to appreciate. So, its adjustment to Currumbin Creek’s on-the-run daytime dining style is constantly evolving.
Alongside some Black Sheep coast-wide favourites, pizza has joined the lineup, and night time grazing is a new addition to the flock’s dining habits.
Having dined at The Black Sheep before at both Coolie and the former Southport restaurants, we’re in for the kill, longing for the unique quirkiness of Dinesh’s menu.
From smoked salmon bagels to the favourite avo smash, and Black Sheep homemade muesli to Breakfast green bowl, there’s a concise range of brekkies to please, all bursting with the flavour of local produce, larger than life on the plate.
I choose The Michael for brunch, a favourite dish across the Black Sheep brand, originating from a bloke called Michael who came in one day and ordered all the sides on one plate. The dish was a hit, “…So, being a true Indian, I placed it on the ‘menewe’ and the rest is history. Grilled bacon [or mushies for vegos] with avocado on toast, poached egg, feta, lemon and our ‘world-famous in GC’ chilli jam and dukkah. $18.”
It’s a monster of a dish, validating my two-meal day (or a morning in the surf), but its tasty flavour combination makes it drool worthy.
One of its secrets if Dinesh’s legendary chilli jam, so epically jammy and flavoursome that he should bottle it!
It’s also a key ingredient in several other best-selling dishes, including: Buffalo wings with house sauce ($9.50) and the Bacon & Egg Roll weekday tradie special which rocks out the door with a coffee included for $10. (Ring ahead and it will be ready for you!)
Talking coffee, Black Sheep has made the change to Yatala’s Open House Coffee Roasters, allowing them a variety of single origins, Nicaraguan and Sumatran when we visited. Not into a coffee or origin cold brew, then there’s iced coffee and smoothies on offer.
The big change, though, is that you can now dine at the Black Sheep on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s a casual menu of burgers, pizzas and salads, but with all dishes priced under $17, it’s a very affordable night out.
The lamb had been marinated for 6 hours to top our pizza, which arrived dotted with sour cream and fresh mint on a perfect mid-thickness crust. Delicious flavours to the crust and enough topping to make you feel as though you’d had a great meal.
The Crispy Chicken burger is loaded with spice and buttermilk marinated karaage-like fried chicken and salad, dressed up with salad, mayo and that famous chilli jam, a mighty big mouthful to tuck into.
Still hungry, bro? Then the homemade Chocolate mousse or Sticky date pudding will round out the meal nicely.
With a liquor license on the way, for now you can BYO, making The Black Sheep the place to get a great feed on a budget. Come again? Don’t mind if we do!
8/27-31 Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Ph: 07 5598 3246
Open: Lunch Mon – Fri 6am – 2pm; Dinner Fri – Sat 5pm – 9pm
NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as guests of The Black Sheep Espresso Baa.