Review: Duo Deli Cafe, Gold Coast

allureoncurrumbinK and I went up to the Gold Coast recently for a short break. We stayed on Chevron Island – close enough to Surfers Paradise to be near the action, but far enough away that we could still have quiet nights without worrying about noise on the streets.

Though we actually started off with the best intentions of making ourselves a simple and healthy breakfast in the little kitchenette of our holiday apartment, we actually ended up going out for breakfast every morning. The one we had at Duo Deli Cafe was definitely the pick of all our breakfasts out!

Duo Deli Cafe is located in an unassuming quiet little strip of shops on Chevron Island. Even early on a weekday morning when all other shops are closed, there was a steady stream of locals going in and out of the cafe for breakfast and coffees. We sat ourselves on a table outside so that we could enjoy watching people coming and going.

I wasn’t expecting much when we sat down (standard brunch fare right?), but I was actually very surprised by the variety and originality of the breakfast menu. Rather than the usual bacon, eggs and toast, they had such original dishes as Israeli eggs, or rustic home-made chorizo beans.

I ordered a lychee and mint ice drink to start the meal as it was a hot day – this was absolutely beautiful. Refreshing and sweet, with a slight minty taste that almost had me thinking that I was drinking a mojito at 10am in the morning – how very decadent!

I ordered the toulouse sausages with two poached eggs, relish, herbed potato rosti and organic sourdough. It sounds like fairly standard breakfast fare, but it’s remarkable how something simple can be turned into a real gourmet feast just by selecting some good quality ingredients. A high quality sausage. A home-made potato rosti and relish. Perfectly poached eggs. Fresh baked sourdough. Great ingredients make for a great meal, no matter how simple.

K’s meal was really interesting, as he ordered the Israeli eggs with tomato, chilli, parsley, mint, garlic, coriander, evoo, lemon, and Turkish bread on the side. The dish came out in a pan, having obviously been baked briefly in the oven. The mix of spices combined with the sweet sourness of the tomato really combined well with the baked eggs in the middle of the dish. There was a good amount of chilli in the dish as well – enough to give it a kick, but not enough to start making you sweat on the hot day.

Overall I rate Duo Deli Cafe a 8.5 out of 10. A good quality breakfast for a reasonable price that’s not aimed at tourists is hard to find on the Gold Coast. This is a real hidden gem!

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Review: Vintage Cafe on The Rocks

K and I ate breakfast at The Vintage Cafe on The Rocks a few weeks ago, as we had commitments in the area that morning. This was unusual for us, because although we tend to eat out frequently, it tends to be at night. Breakfast is a meal that we nearly almost always have at home and tend to keep relatively simple. It was a real treat, especially as I’m the type of person who considers bacon to be a food group in itself!

We each ordered the Full Vintage Breakfast – mine with poached eggs and his with scrambled eggs. I had a hot chocolate (mug-sized), and K had a cappucino.

Most “Breakfast with the Lot” or “Big Breakfast” options at cafes around town will tend to have a fairly standard menu – toast, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, maybe spinach and sausage as well. The food is generally divided into 30% carbs (toast), 30% protein (eggs and bacon) and 30% produce (mushrooms, tomato, spinach, etc.). The Vintage Cafe had other ideas. 

Our Full Vintage Breakfasts consisted of a whole chorizo, two eggs, half a fried tomato, three long lengths of bacon, a slice of sourdough toast, and a slice of rye toast. Talk about bulking up on carbs and protein! I personally found the immensity of the meal overwhelming – the meal was quite heavy and it did sit in my stomach for hours afterwards.

Having said that, the chorizo was excellent with the right amount of crispy skin and burst of flavour, and the fried tomato was done to perfection. Both the sourdough and rye were tasty, and I can be picky about my breads so that says a lot. Unfortunately, the bacon wasn’t as crispy as I personally prefer (crispy with a crunch!) though others would probably enjoy it. The hot beverages were pretty standard – K didn’t rave about the coffee, so though passable, it was nothing to write home about.

The main attraction to the Vintage Cafe seems to be the location. Tucked into the narrow Nurses Walk in The Rocks, it’s the type of small cafe that lends itself well to people-watching if you have a table on the balcony. Most passerbys will be tourists given the olde-world charm of the buildings in The Rocks. It would be the perfect place for a lazy Saturday afternoon drink as you watch the world go by.

Overall, I rate the Vintage Cafe on The Rocks a 6 out of 10.
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