We don’t always have to travel to learn about world food. It’s also right here in our own backyard.
With diners chasing fast, healthy ‘wholefood’ meals, breakfast is the new ‘meet up’, so why not inject a little adventure into the mix.
Here are some of our favourite breakfasts which have more than a twist of difference. From cultural experience through to new takes on classics, each one pushes boundaries. Why not try out a world brekkie this week!
Oeuf Cocotte – Le Cafe Gourmand
2545 Gold Coast Highway, Cnr Cronulla St., Mermaid Beach Ph: 5572 7793
Le Café Gourmand is a boulangerie, pâtisserie and café all rolled into one. Owner Rémi Baron is the friendly French chef with the sunny attitude. Remi brings us cuisine from his hometown of Nantes on the west coast of France in his casual French café serving affordable French-influenced cuisine.
Our dish of choice is the Breakfast Cocotte with eggs, mushrooms, spinach and cauliflower velvet ($13), one of the café’s signature dishes. It’s a gorgeous little French breakfast, the cauli creamy and delicious, the egg perfectly poached and topped with garlic buttered crumbs. It’s the perfect size, surprisingly filling and addictive!
Bibimbap – Stones Throw
1823 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads Ph: 5576 2504
Stones Throw is literally ‘a stone’s throw’ from where brother and sister duo Cameron Chartres and Melanie Windsor grew up on Hale Street, Burleigh. Since then, Cam has travelled the world, returning to infuse the world flavours he’s experienced into Australian cuisine with lots of herbs and spices added to the all-day breakfast and lunch menu.
With ‘superbowls’ the dish of the moment, Stones Throw’s Bibimbap is a healthy take on the Korean dish, a bowl of warm crunchy brown rice with braised beef, pickled veg, kimchi, crispy egg, Korean Gochujang BBQ and soy sauce ($19). It’s one of our favourite brekkies.
Nasi Goreng – Bam Bam Bakehouse
2519 – 2521 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach Ph: 5526 5218
Bam Bam Bakehouse, in its hidden possie overlooking a park, is a ‘celebration of artisan pastries, specialty coffee & good food’. The café takes us on a world culinary tour from American street food (shaker fries), burgers (available for brekkie and lunch), French cuisine (with its house-baked pastries, from pain au chocolat, brioche and croissants to Croque Madame) and Asian (2-Egg Nasi and Ramen Salad).
Bam Bam do their own version of an Indonesian 2-egg Nasi Goreng with wok-sautéed white rice, chili, vegetables, garlic, Kecap Manis, chili sambal and crispy fried onions ($18.90) with the addition of chicken saté and fresh prawn crackers available at an extra cost. Yum!
Breakfast Burrito – Guzman y Gomez (Nerang & Burleigh)
2 Pappas Way West, Nerang Ph: 3188 1728
If you’re in a hurry or need to eat brekkie on the move but are keen to know where your food comes from, then there’s no beating Guzman Y Gomez for a quick meal. With free-range chicken, and prime Aussie meat, Guzman carries the freshness of Mexican cuisine adjusted to food preferences and intolerances as well as the Aussie palate. Choose your level of heat and off you go!
Now, a fresh made-to-order breakfast is available at Guzman, where you can get a Breakfast Burrito filled with free range scrambled eggs, a hash brown, Jack cheese, pico de gallo and free-range chicken chorizo for $6.50 at selected locations.
Katsu Sandwich – Chanoyu Japanese-Infused Café
Shop 1/19 Alicia Street, Southport Ph: 5532 2442
Shin Sugiyama, Chanoyu’s owner, named his café ‘Chanoyu’, meaning ‘a gathering of people to enjoy food and coffee together’. That’s exactly what it is; a place to relax, enjoy some well-made café food with a Japanese taste. This is the point of difference: the style of food, with Shin making everything in house except for the milk buns.
There’s a tasty Japanese tweek to the all-day menu, including OmuRice, (an omelette stuffed with homemade fried rice, chicken and vegetables with homemade ketchup), and a Katsu sandwich – lightly crumbed and fried katsu pork fillet with Japanese BBQ sauce, cabbage and mustard mayo sandwiched between soft white bread, then cut into ribbon sandwiches ($9). Delicious!
Roti Canai – PappaRich
Chevron Renaissance, Surfers Paradise Ph: 5531 5788
Malaysia’s most famous restaurant franchise, PappaRich, has arrived in Surfers Paradise. It’s a place where you can get our only Malaysian breakfast in town.
PappaRich is spicing up our favourite meal of the day with traditional Malaysian treats. From 7.30am until 11am daily, you can enjoy breakfast treats (all under $10) of Roti Canai (roti served with dhal and curry sauce), Hainan bread with coconut jam, Roti Bananas (sliced bananas cooked in dough and drizzled with maple syrup) and the delicious Roti John – a toasted soft bun packed with spiced minced chicken and scrambled eggs together with lettuce, tomato and homemade aioli served with a side of chips. Wash it all down with a cup of PappaRich’s famous Pappa White Coffee.
Falafel Baladi Pocket – On Fire
17 Albert Ave Broadbeach, Ph: 5539 0467
On Fire takes its culinary inspiration from the crescent of land running from the East Mediterranean to North Africa, with a special emphasis on Egyptian food from the homeland of owner Asem Othman. The graffiti ‘wall of fire’ by artist Nate Stanbridge references both fire and the spices present in Middle Eastern food, a range of contrasting flavours, colours and textures that add new dimensions to current Broadbeach offerings.
One of the items on the breakfast and lunch menus is a Falafel Baladi Pocket starring Asem’s sensational handmade Egyptian fava bean falafel served with salad greens and a tomato, cucumber and onion salsa topped with hummus and tahini served in a Baladi pocket. It’s a hearty meal for $10.
Shakshuka – Wildernis Cafe + Bar
1166 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach Ph: 5534 5428
Wildernis Café + Bar captures the Palmie vibe perfectly. Divided into two spaces: a downstairs day venue that houses a dining room and the kitchen and, around the corner, an open air upstairs terrace looking out to the sea, Wildernis is the ultimate venue for flexible dining – for meals, tapas and drinks or functions.
With Israeli chef Baroush Shames now on board (ex-owner of Katoush, Byron Bay), a few delicious Middle Eastern dishes have also crept into the new menu bringing international flavour, such as the famous Shakshuka for breakfast. (Note: Our photo of shakshuka made to Baroush’s recipe.)
Brekkie Bao – Bao Burgers
Capri on Via Roma, 15 Via Roma, Isle of Capri Ph: 0428 696 494
Capri on Via Roma provides a lifestyle destination of dining, shopping and fashion. With a view across shimmering water to the dazzling Surfers Paradise skyline, you can shop and dine in comfort enjoying seafood and champagne with a view.
Serving up the Taiwanese ‘hungry mouth’ bao burgers, Bao Burgers’ all day bao menu begins at 8am. Packed full of assorted delectable fillings, you can start off with a $6 brekkie bao of bacon and egg smothered in tomato chutney and progress to pork belly with green apple coleslaw for lunch, topping it off with a dinner of Szechuan chicken or Greek lamb. There’s a bao to suit every palate.
Poke – Poke Poke
2375 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Hawaiian poke has taken the Gold Coast by storm, so much so that Morgan Walsh, owner of Bonita Bonita and BonBon Bar, opened a dedicated poke bar called Poke Poke.
Serving Hawaiian poke-style bowls and Caribbean roti bread, smoothies and juices, this tropical venue brings us a fresh twist on traditional dishes. There’s not only bowls centred around fresh salmon and tuna, but also Pow Pow Chicken Karaage, Grilled lemongrass chicken poke, Porky Poke with fried rice, fried egg, bacon and lettuce, and several tofu and mushroom-based bowls for the vegos. Nobody has to miss out!