Review: Spice of Life Café & Deli (Gold Coast, QLD)

28 Main Street
North Tamborine QLD 4272
+61 7 5545 3353

From time to time, us Goldie folk like to swap the beaches and nightclubs for rainforests and mountains. Hell, even interstate visitors from down south get over it – case in point, my Melbourne friends Aaron and Cathy who decided to spend four days in Gold Coast.

We decided to take a day trip up to Mount Tamborine where we’d explore some providores, walking trails, greenery and a café or two. After visiting a couple of wineries (yes, Queensland has wineries and no, I wouldn’t recommend visiting one), we ended up at North Tamborine’s main drag right on lunchtime. There’s a handful of places to choose from but we decided on Spice of Life, a simple no-fuss deli-slash-café that has shelves lined with chutneys, jams, sauces and the like and offers your usual café fare.

Latte ($3.70)
Latte ($3.70)

My latte was surprisingly alright – it was smooth and silky, with beautiful chocolate and hazelnut notes.

Chicken parmigiana ($17.90); battered barramundi ($14.90)
Chicken parmigiana ($17.90); battered barramundi ($14.90)

Aaron had the parma (sorry, I’m a Victorian at heart so I’ll never give in and call it a parmi) while Cathy had the fried barramundi, both served with chips and salad. I didn’t get to try their food but they both said their dishes were pretty good – Aaron especially with his parma.

Beef and Guinness pie ($12.90)
Beef and Guinness pie ($12.90)

To continue the Aussie ‘pub fare’ theme, I went with the beef and Guinness pie. It came with a choice of salad from display counter – I went with the walnut, feta and rocket salad. I can’t say I loved my salad too much – the rocket leaves were damp and limp, like they had been sitting in the fridge for way too long – but the pie was decent. Sure, the pastry could have been a bit more flaky but the filling was beautiful – it was so hearty, comforting and full of rich flavours.

Damn, I feel like a pie now.

Given the amount of eateries in the North Tamborine area, I’m more inclined to suggest trying out another one than return to Spice of Life. However, if I’m taking more visitors to the area and they really insist on trying Spice of Life, I probably would not strongly argue against going. Does that make sense?

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I eat too much.


  1. Choc Chip Uru
    May 9, 2015

    Nothing beats a good Aussie pie, we do it better 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

  2. The Hungry Mum
    May 18, 2015

    Oh, you’re so lucky to have Mt Tamborine on your doorstep. Such a stunning part of the world. I haven’t been for yonks, need another trip up. The size of those meals! Huge!


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