Broadbeach QLD 4218
+61 7 5538 5521
As much as I love my second home Gold Coast, even with its inherent tackiness, it’s often hard to find good cafes there. While I don’t fly all the way to Goldie for the sole purpose of finding good coffee, sometimes there will be days when all I need is a cup of DECENT coffee and some delicious breakfast fare to boot. While I have come across decent cafés in the land of sun, surf and bolt-ons, there are times when I chide myself for taking Melbourne’s café culture for granted; good cafés in Goldie are, by large, hard to find. Thankfully, however, Gold Coastitutes are starting to appreciate a good brew and consequently, places such as Starbucks no longer have a monopoly over coffee in trendy Broadbeach.
A place that’s definitely worth trying is No Name Lane, a newish café that’s situated in a lane which actually has a name – Elizabeth Avenue, for those interested. The space isn’t very big with only a dozen of spots inside and wooden stools outside, which means that snagging a table during the peak period can be difficult. Luckily, it was raining the morning we went so only a handful of brave souls made the Saturday morning rush. It was still packed inside but fortunately, there was a wooden crate and two stools outside for the taking. After telling Marty to stay outside, I order our stuff at the counter, reading off the little chalkboard menu.
Our lattes ($3.50) arrived pretty quickly. In a city where things move at a slow pace (if it’s not the idiot motorists, then it’s the council workers who take YEARS to complete a single road project), this was a pleasant surprise. What was also pleasant about this coffee was the taste. The organic beans, which come from local coffee roasters, Black Sheep, were full of flavour which meant that no sugar was needed. Not only that, our lattes were beautifully textured and had more body than Aishwarya Rai’s post-baby body. Definitely up there with the best coffees on the ‘Coast.
Marty ordered the New York rare roast beef sandwich ($9.50), which wrapped prettily in paper and twine. It came with a dollop of horseradish cream, baby rocket leaves and Roma tomatoes. While we both gave it props for its gorgeous presentation, Marty did say that it wasn’t the best sandwich. Don’t get me wrong, it was a fresh and tasty but it just lacked a little something (extra horseradish cream for more kick? crunchier bread? more twine?). Marty thought that, at $.950, one would expect a sanga that was better than anything that he could whip up at home…
Forgoing the banana bread with vanilla bean espresso butter, I went for the free range truffled eggs and Bangalow ham on toasted brioche ($10.50). Truffled anything went out of food fashion quite some time ago so goodness knows why I decided to go with that. Regardless, my breakfast wasn’t too bad. They run out of brioche, which was a bummer, so I made do with sourdough instead. They were certainly generous with the portion size which meant that I was able to go light at lunchtime. The ham, made with Bangalow sweet pork was delicious and admittedly didn’t pair up too badly with the earthy truffled eggs. I did, however, feel that there was too much mayonnaise and truffle (and the artificial kind) mixed in with the eggs, thus making my breakfast unnecessarily rich.
We loved our coffees and will definitely stop by for takeaway lattes next time – maybe on our way to Mme Grenouille where we’ll be getting some French pastries. And although the food certainly wasn’t bad, there are better places in Goldie to have breakfast in.