Grocer & Grind whole foods and espresso bar recently took the title of ‘Best Cafe on the Gold Coast’ as awarded by local food guide Crave. The team here has done a fantastic job of transforming a boring corner shop on a busy main road in Broadbeach into a brunch destination that pumps from sun up to sun down with locals looking to get coffee and brunch. They offer top quality, organic, local produce and have become the talk of this end of town.
Hearing from the family that there are lines in the carpark I made the decision to try for that transition point between brunch and lunch. We found getting there right on 12pm meant they had a number of tables vacating at the same time. The brunch items on the menu lean heavily on the Melbourne standards though they do offer interesting takes on the generic mains you see in almost every cafe on the coast. And, like many cafés on the Gold Coast, they have an increasing need to cater to their ever-increasing numbers of health-conscious customers who demand a superfood injection each morning.
First up was the warm peach prosciutto, which was supposed to comprise nectarines, peach, an Omega-3 seed mix, feta and watercress. But only after putting the dish down did they think to tell me that they were out of nectarines and peach, so had to use orange instead and was that ok? Well I guess it had to be. The one complaint I would have with this dish is that, due to the fleshy orange slices, it did become quite soupy at the bottom of the bowl and that wouldn’t have happened with the original ingredients.
Two of our party had the open chicken sandwich – grilled chicken breast, house-dried tomatoes, pesto, crisp greens, shaved Parmesan drizzled with a balsamic glaze. ‘Tasty’, ‘fresh’ and ‘great dressing’ were the keywords being bandied about.
Angus beef burger – tomato, cheddar, caramelised onions, grilled pineapple ring, crisp lettuce and housemade tomato relish. This came with two patties and was a nice generous serve. I was told it would definitely be ordered again.
It’s about time decent cafés start the long crawl north up the coast from Burleigh, where for so long this was the only place worth visiting if you wanted a break from generic Gold Coast food.
Grocer & Grind
1/1 Sunshine Blvd, Broadbeach 4218
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