THE GOURMET EDIT: Best of the brunch
Gourmet Editor at Profile Magazine, Nicole Fuge, appreciates the beauty in food and enjoys eating and baking sweet things.
In the last 12 months, the Sunshine Coast has really hit its stride when it comes to cafes, restaurants and coffee shops – particularly those skewed to providing the perfect brunch.
This is fantastic news if you, like me, look forward to sipping on coffee and relaxing into the day over a delicious meal.
With businesses constantly popping up across the Coast, it can become difficult to make a decision when posed with the question, “Where should we eat?” To stay on top of the new eateries, I keep a forever-growing list on my phone, so on Saturday morning, I scroll through and try somewhere new. But it’s often hard to go past a good old favourite, so here is my pick of the brunch.
Nambour Social (pictured above)
You know that feeling you get when you walk into your favourite cafe and they say, ‘your regular table?’ or just start making your usual coffee order without having to ask – I’ve found that place in Nambour Social. Having opened just after Christmas, it’s the latest addition to Currie Street and the revival of Nambour. Brewing some of the best coffee I’ve ever had (Clandestino Roasters from Noosa), owners Vila and Ashleigh are also serving up a fresh take on traditional menu offerings including eggs benedict on mini bagels topped with truffle hollandaise – delicious!
If you eat with your eyes as I do (and then shamelessly photograph your food before letting anyone eat), then you’ll understand why Decisions in Kawana has become one of my favourites. Whether it’s the precision with which they prepare their acai bowls (these little treasure troves of deliciousness have been the star of many photos for our @profilemagazine Instagram page), they pay as much attention to making their dishes look beautiful as they do to making them taste good, and boy do they taste good. Decisions teeters on the precipice of #superjunk and #superfood, catering for and most definitely satisfying all cravings whether they’re a little bit naughty or a little bit nice.
They pay as much attention to making their dishes look beautiful as they do to making them taste good
The Velo Project
It doesn’t matter how busy The Velo Project is, owner Sarah will always make an effort to come over for a quick chat and her beaming smile never wavers. It’s that personal touch that keeps me coming back, and of course their most delicious avo on toast – a magic combination of avocado, red onion, roasted garlic, corn, lemon juice and herbs served on ciabatta toast (are you salivating yet?). Velo is an eclectic eatery in Mooloolaba celebrating local cuisine shared in good company, and their large communal tables always teeming with happy customers are testament to that.
Often atmosphere is as important as good food and good service, and Homegrown Cafe has the trifecta. Located on a side street in Palmwoods, with seating pouring into a quiet laneway framed with pallets of fresh herbs, it’s a beautiful place. Something you’ll notice when visiting the cafe, is their menu is quite lean, but they’ve nailed every single dish and satisfy all tastes; my absolute favourite is their brioche french toast topped with poached fruit and yoghurt.
The Shak Organic Cafe and Wine Bar
What I love about The Shak in Buderim is they provide a healthy option for breakfast, lunch and dinner (on Fridays and Saturdays), with it still tasting like food. Their most popular brunch dish is The Gatherer, a fresh offering of delicious greens and quinoa, topped with avocado and a perfectly poached egg, while The Hunter boasts a yummy combination of pork belly, sausage, mushrooms, salsa and an egg – the fact they serve pork belly for breakfast makes it a sure winner!
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