NOTE: The Lott has new owners.
That’s The Farmer’s response to the question, ‘What would you like with that?’
Two decades of farm life have left their mark. A carnivore by heritage, he’d much rather have a steak for breakfast than a green smoothie.
“The cows have eaten the grass already, so why be a vegetarian!” he quips.
Learning that there’s a café named after his food preference he’s downright chuffed!
The Lott forms part of a small enclave of shops that houses some pretty decent value suburban dining. There’s easy off street parking just outside; one reason why coffees are racing out the door. Others are that The Lott’s Campos coffee is excellent, their food serves generous and service welcoming.
We sip our coffees and look around at the recent refurb. Owners Ashleigh and Jarrad Moore have created a cosy welcoming spot. They greet regulars by name, and make the effort to remember their usual orders.
Looking through the brekkie menu of Homemade Bircher Muesli, Eggs Bene, BLT, and even Omelette (his other favourite), The Farmer keeps scanning, searching. Until he finds his treasure: The Lott Breakfast! At $22.50, he should have been alerted. But he pressed on.
He was in for a treat: Eggs, bacon, mushrooms, baby spinach, tomato, a fine continental pork sausage, hash brown and two slices of sourdough toast. The plate is piled high with a veritable feast!
“Hmmm! Looks like we’ll be having fruit for lunch,” I mutter.
My Brekkie bruschetta ($16) is more of an artwork: poached eggs and bacon strewn across a bed of tomato, basil pesto and crumbled feta, on top of Turkish bread. Filling, but a delight for the eyes, it’s fresh and delicious.
“That looks fantastic!” say diners at the next table, hoeing into their regular brekkie of avocado on sourdough. Of course they’re commenting on my dish. His has been reduced to a pile of rubble! “We come here every weekend,” they add. It’s the sort of place where locals do just that!
The lunch menu is full of light flash food: deluxe burgers ($9.50 – $18) featuring eye fillet, chicken schnitzel or tofu, including a serve of chips; and a range of ‘light meals’; comfort food within diners’ affordability and conscience zone.
“Yoh! That’s my burger!” says the guy behind me with pride. “And I have one every Friday night too!”
It’s a Lott Burger, the biggest Friday night sale item. Easy to see why! Laden with a 100% Aussie beef burger and salad, and spiked with a skewer of bacon, it’s a beautiful sight. This is a real burger. Not the fast food impersonation so often seen in town, it’s a burger like they used to make in country cafés before haute cuisine gave us sliders; the food The Farmer would love to eat after a week on the tools. Hmmm! Better keep him away from those freshly baked goodies on the counter, too. He’s already ordered enough for a tribe!
The Lott is a great alternative to facing the clatter of the stiletto set in town. Funky but relaxed, it provides a cosy suburban nook to kick back during weekend hours, or to catchup with friends. You can come here for a quiet meltdown after the working week, a wind down, or a re-pump with a healthy or indulgent breakfast.
The Lott is now licensed, with three Burleigh Brewing beers on tap as well as wines by the glass, a bonus to those living just around the corner. It’s become a local fave for drinks and food, especially if you, like the Farmer, like ‘the lot’!
4/217 Ron Penhaligon Way, Robina Ph: 07 5593 0388