So it is time for an update on the excellent adventures of Tan, Sim and Liz (like the Bill and Ted reference 🙂 as it was Bill and Ted’s day yesterday) and our love of, well hanging out really. Tan is a half strength girl and Sim doesn’t drink coffee at all, I’m the only one who drinks serious coffee, but we all love good food and good company and really at the end of the day it’s just about us getting together because we can!

The Elk in Broadbeach was coffee stop #3… (See #1 and #2 HERE and HERE)

Elk

Well,  actually, we were going to go to Black Lyric Coffee but it was closed!(but that’s another story) So Elk it was! They don’t have a website, but they do have a Facebook page that looks like it hasn’t really been updated! It doesn’t matter, this place is wonderful! I know I keep saying that (and I’m not being paid to say it) these coffee place are all great, but obviously there is a reason that all these place are in the top 10 coffee shops in the Bulletin. Firstly this cafe is situated at 16 Chelsea St, Broadbeach…

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Yes I stood in the middle of the road to take this

It’s in the middle of a few apartment blocks and a short walk from the beach. The parking is free and across the road, but I’m sure that it would be at a premium on the weekends.

It is a Monday and the cafe is full of women; joggers, mums and bubs and the Gold Coast Ladies that lunch (I guess that includes me today!) Tan and Sim are meeting me for lunch as they didn’t do #2 with me and we needed a catch up! I walked in and was greeted with a friendly smile and a “sit anywhere you are comfortable”. The funky industrial deco with flowers on the walls and a picture of an ELK looking cool on a peeling paint wall and fresh flowers on the table made it feel like home and if you accidentally spilt anything, it would be ok!

Wall Decoration

Funky Flowers and Copper Pipe Decor

 

Elk on the wall

The Main Attraction

I arrived early so I could sample a coffee before the girls arrived and have a chat with the very friendly and cheerful waitress. When I told her about my blog and the coffee shops of the Gold Coast she recommend a few that we MUST visit and was very informative and helpful!

Table Decorations

The Table

My first coffee of the day was a single roast long black! I don’t take sugar in my coffee, but even if you did you wouldn’t need much as this coffee was sweet, smooth with a delicate balanced flavour and only $3.60. It also had a spectacular creme’ that made my day! This coffee was worth the 30 minutes drive all by itself.

Long Black

Just look at that Creme’

Because I arrived a bit early the breakfast menu was still available for 15 mins, so I took a sneak peek and was pleasantly surprised. I think that there will be a trip back  to try the “Pulled Byron Bay Pork with Spicy Mixed Beans” or the “Rye and Sunflower Seed Bagel with Tetsuya Smoked Trout, Creme’ Fraiche, Avocado and Watercress or your choice or Sweet or Savoury French Toast! Honestly, what’s not to like?

Water Station

Funky Water Station

Tan and Sim arrive and so does the waitress to take their coffee orders. Tan is impress with her half strength mugachino and Sim says that her skinny hot chocolate is delicious and not too sweet, unfortunately they both comment on the fact that the milk could have been a little hotter, so not really a perfect cuppa! The usual catch up ensues so the menus aren’t even looked at when the waitress comes to take our orders. Eventually we order.

Tan has the Beetroot and Sheep Cheese Vego Burger with Avocado and Fries

Vego Burger

Vego Burger

Sim ordered the Beetroot and Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Thyme Lebnah, Avocado and Heirloom Tomatoes.

Beetroot Salad

I ordered the Cauliflower Croquettes with Tetsuya Smoked Trout, Herb Creme’ Fresh with Radish and Cucumber Salad.

Cauliflower Crochets

Yes I know my photo taking skills are bad, but I will try to get better! Or I will have to pay tan, who is a fabulous amateur photographer with an amazing INSTAGRAM page you should check out! @tan1010

In the end, the plates were all empty, our tummies were full and the food had 6 thumbs up! I was surprised at how flavoursome the cauliflower croquettes were and how well all the flavours of the salad and the Creme’ Fraiche merged.

Stunning flower wall

Stunning Fresh Flower Wall

Like always we sat and chatted and got our extra 10,000 words in for the day talking about food, recipes, kids, chickens, chicken pox, my blog, my Thermomix business, new cars and the of course the very high standard of the coffee and food. So much talking left room for a little more so Sim and I indulged ourselves with a little something sweet. I had the second best decaffeinated Iced Coffee. The best one being at My Local Blog that you could also check out!

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Iced Coffee

And Sim enjoyed (we all had a taste) of the OMG slice. It was a chocolate hazelnut, chewy coconut slice. While it was delicious, it wasn’t exactly an OMG experience, but it is a cool name!

AGAIN, the coffee was great, the food was tasty and reasonably priced for the quality and the atmosphere and deco was funky and fun! Thanks for reading!

Enjoy Irresponsibly!

Liz xox