Walk up from the beach at Currumbin, and you can talk surf with Johnny Gillett, who owns The Salt Mill with his wife Sarah. Perfect as their first café, it’s a little ‘cute as a button’ nook put together using the couple’s combined skills. Rough-hewn bench seats, fruit cartons and a wine barrel tell us that it’s an earthy sort of place, which matches in with the raw and wholefoods menu.
Food is a fairly new addition to the café, the couple starting with coffee, loose leaf 100% natural Prana Chai, organic sodas, plus smoothies and fresh juices made to order. The Allpress flat white goes down a treat. It’s a four bean blend, full-bodied and smooth with shades of caramel. There’s also an Allpress single origin, changed weekly.
Now there’s a small range of mostly organic food and treats, all made fresh daily. In the cabinet when we visited were filled Bagel Boys bagels, quiches, organic Raw tiramisu and Raw caramel slice, with acai berry bowls also on offer.
People come and go, obviously a regular clientele all greeted by name. It reminds me of an old corner store where everyone stopped to chat to the owner and each other.
Like everyone else, I’m really taken with the door, a huge studded number that would hold out a tribe! Johnny tells me that it once held pride of place in the Brisbane Ice Works. It’s 120 years old, which makes you wonder what that door’s seen! That’s certainly something to talk about!
1/784 Pacific Parade, Currumbin Ph: 07 5525 7198 Open: Mon – Fri 5:30am – 3pm; Sat – Sun 6am – 4pm
Also at 20 Marine Parade, Kingscliff.