Shop 13/90 Surf Parade
Broadbeach QLD 4218
+61 7 5538 8744
I just came back from a week-long holiday on the not-so-sunny-at-the-moment Gold Coast. Yep, a city that’s usually basked in beautiful sunshine all year around except for 80% of the time I was up there. A city where even the store mannequins have bolt-ons. And a city where it’s okay to be driving 50 km/h on a friggin’ motorway (Queensland drivers, why the fark do you drive everrrrrr sooooo slooooowlyyyyyyy? *perplexed face*). As I wring the rain and sweat off my singlets and shorts, I sit back and reminisce about my time up there, and all the cafes and restaurants I visited. Take Three Beans in trendy Broadbeach, for example. As a Melbourne coffee snob, I wasn’t expecting much from this place. I mean, why should I when you’re in a city where overpriced but poor quality coffees are normal and where Starbucks is considered the benchmark of ‘good’ coffee?
Thus, I wasn’t surprised when I paid $4.90 each for a hot chai latte and an iced chai latte late one night. I can’t say much for Marty’s iced chai latte, but mine was sweet beyond recognition and the milk, cooler than the night’s air temperature of 21 degrees. Forget proper chai leaves, honey and all that jazz – all the flavouring came from a bottle. I hate to say this, but I would have been happier at Starbucks.
That said, this place is surprisingly popular with the locals and in hindsight, perhaps I should have come in the morning and ordered a normal latte instead. After all, that’s what everyone comes here for – a cup of Merlo coffee with a smile from the sassy barista who served me. Also, the one good awesome thing about this place is that it’s open 24/7. In a city where supermarkets close at 5pm on Sundays and where it’s hard to find a nice, chilled café, this is fantastic. Meanwhile, Melbourne may boast heaps of late-night restaurants and whatnot, but a coffee shop that’s open all around the clock is what’s missing (Please feel free to correct me though if you know any places that serve GOOD coffee all night). So yeah, while I liked the idea of this place and the chilled atmosphere on such a vibrant street, it was a shame that my chai latte wasn’t as hot as any one of the Gold Coast beauties that walked past as Marty and I people-watched that night.
Thankfully, I did manage to find a much better café in Gold Coast along with plenty of nice restaurants to boot. Stay tuned for more Gold Coast foodie adventures in the next couple of weeks (Melbourne readers who ain’t interested, feel free to look away).