The GC’s sun-soaked attempt at winter may barely warrant the name, but crisp mornings make savouring a sleep-in extra delicious. Gold Coast Bulletin Head of Lifestyle Chantay Logan has found five eateries that bridge the breakfast-lunch divide so you don’t have to be a slave to your alarm clock. While our brunch bunch will buy you some extra doona time, don’t ever let anybody tell you it’s too late for hollandaise (or too early for cocktails) …
The chocolate fountain is flowing and the Chandon Rosé is on ice for your new favourite Sunday session. From hollandaise-drizzled bene to bircher, all the morning classics make an appearance, but some cravings can’t wait for the clock. Get the palate party started with Belvedere espresso martinis and bloody marys. Build your own smoothie and poke bowls and make them Insta-worthy with a rainbow of toppings, or tuck into fried chicken and waffles drenched in maple syrup. Save room for the fondue station, planted in the middle of a Willy Wonka style wonderland of lollies. A DJ spins easy-like-Sunday-morning tunes to complete the cruisy vibe.
You can trust the team at Elk Espresso to get you out of a breakfast rut. “Breakfast is the new dinner on the Gold Coast and it’s been interesting watching its evolution,” owner Andrew Whiting says. “It’s kind of like you have to shelve all your preconceived ideas.” That means devouring savoury waffles with buttermilk fried chicken, jalepeño mayo and blackberry butter, or Black Forest French toast with charcoal white chocolate ice cream. The outdoor dining area is dog friendly and just the spot to soak up the morning sun while you sip specialty coffee (or a milk bar and Oreo thickshake).
From bacon and egg nachos with jalapeño relish and smashed avo to a braised beef brisket croissant with a mac and cheese croquette and fried egg inside, you don’t have to play by the rules at this Nobbys cafe. Forreal serves its breakfast menu all day, alongside lunch from 11am. If you’re arriving after 10am, pink champagne with gin, raspberries and a puff of pink cotton candy is probably a good idea.
Everything on Hot Shott’s menu is available all day because, according to co-owner Jenna Finch, there are no breakfast or lunch times any more. My pick is the smokin’ rainbow trout with smashed avo, cherry tomato, red onion, dukkha, Danish feta and grilled lime on toasted sourdough, theatrically presented under a glass dome so you’re wafted with applewood smoke. Build your own bagels from a custom board loaded with prosciutto, smoked salmon, avocado, cheese and more.
This pink-powered retro Chinese-American diner breaks the brunch mould. You can indulge in prawn toast with a slow-cooked egg, yuzu hollandaise and watercress salad, or melt for mac and cheese with a shallot pancake on the side. Roll out the mango mimosas from midday.