Surfers Paradise Beach Cafe, Surfers Paradise QLD ($)

Address: 4 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, QLD

Tel: (07) 5527 6183

Website: http://www.thesurfersparadisebeachcafe.com/

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The day after we visited Muse, MC and I stumbled across Surfer’s Beach Cafe on our morning walk to the beach.

Atmosphere

It was quite crowded as it was peak breakfast period and the cafe is located at an ideal spot, right opposite the beach.

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In order to order we needed a table to sit at, so we stood around for a few minutes waiting.  We were a bit disappointed that there were about two to three tables of families that were taking up more space than they needed.  If they had moved down the table a bit we would have had plenty of room to sit.

Despite the wait for a table, we eventually found a seat by the entrance.

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The cafe has a lovely laid back surfer atmosphere.  There are surfboards on the wall and lots of yellow, blue and white around the room.

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The tables are a sort of old, worn white and the place gives off a very calm and chilled out vibe, except for the hustle and bustle of the busy diners.

Service

Service wasn’t very prominent as you have to order at the counter, which is probably a good idea given how popular the place is! Despite this, our food came out within about ten minutes and the staff were quick when we asked for things like serviettes and salt.

Food

I ordered a Tropicana Smoothie which was a very tropical combination of mango, pineapple, passionfruit and banana, some of my favourite fruits.

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Tropicana Smoothie, $8.50

For breakky I had the Big Beach Breakfast and MC ordered the Stack of Pancakes.

The breakfast was great, it was colourful and tasted flavoursome, the eggs were perfectly poached, the hashbrowns were crunchy, the bacon crisp and the tomato fresh.

Overall it was a pretty darn good fry up.

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Big Beach Breakfast, $19.50

MC’s pancakes were amazing, some of the best I have had.

I am a big fan of the thick, fluffy pancakes, the McDonald’s style ones that soak up all the syrup and just melt in your mouth. None of this crepe business.

These pancakes were all that and more.  They came with a side of butter, maple syrup and whipped cream and they were absolutely delicious.

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Stack of Pancakes, $9.95

Summary

Surfers Beach Cafe is one of those great finds that has a great view, a lovely atmosphere and a fantastic menu.  The wait can be a little frustrating but it was worth it for the view!

Rating

I would rate my experience (out of 10):

  • Service-  4
  • Food-  8
  • Atmosphere- 8
  • Value – 7.5

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Made, Balmain ($$)

Address: 358 Darling Street Balmain NSW

Tel: (02) 8086 0467

Website: http://www.madebalmain.com.au/

Opening Hours: 

Thursday to Monday 7.30am til late

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A trip to Birkenhead Point for some shopping led us to the lovely part of the world that is Balmain. Having been here a few times before I knew that this area is full of cute and quirky cafes and gorgeous views of the harbour.

We parked on the side of the road (metered parking) and took a short walk along Darling Street to see what was around.

Although it was 1.00pm, I was in the mood for brunch food and so we had a look at a few of the menus from some breakfast cafes in the area, finally settling on Made.

1 Made is a small cafe with a little outdoor area in a building which was probably once a terrace house.

A friendly waiter asked us to take a seat (anywhere we wanted as it wasn’t too busy), and we chose a seat out on the balcony.

After a lot of “umming” and “ahhing”, mainly on my part, we placed our orders. While we waited I had an English Breakfast tea and MC had a (very yuummy) banana milkshake.

MC ordered the Made Steak & Eggs Breakfast which contained:

  • 2 eggs
  • Steak
  • Grilled tomato
  • Potato rosti
  • Hollandaise sauce
  • Choice of toast

He was pretty pleased with it and seemed to enjoy it. He did mention that he wanted some bacon (available as an extra for $3.50) but I just swapped him some of mine for some of those delicious potato rostis!

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I ordered the Made Full Breakfast which consisted of:

  • 2 eggs
  • Grilled tomato
  • A rasher of bacon
  • Roasted mushroom
  • Baked Beans
  • Black Pudding (I swapped this for an extra rasher of bacon)
  • Choice of toast (I picked sourdough)

The beans were cooked in a delicious tomato-y sauce and the bacon was golden and brown-just the way I like it! The bread was well toasted and the tomato and mushroom were char-grilled. I had my eggs poached and they were made just to my liking-  not too runny. Overall a delicious and very filling brunch!

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I also have to comment that service was pretty good and the girl who was our waitress was very friendly and nice.

I would certainly recommend brunch at Made for anyone living in the area or visiting.

Rating:

Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

    • Service- 6
    • Food- 8
    • Ambience- 6.5
    • Value – 7

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Cafe Mason

Address: 320 Mason Street, San Francisco CA 94102 United States

Tel: (415) 544-0320

Email: info@cafemason.net

Website: http://www.cafemasonsf.com/

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One fine morning while holidaying in San Francisco, my bestie and I woke up with a hunger for a big breakkie!

We were lucky enough to stumble across Cafe Mason, a small eatery which specialises in producing homemade breakfasts, lunches and dinners from scratch using fresh ingredients.

We were pleased to find that we were able to have unlimited tea, as we were given a large jug of water and a bowl full of tea bags!

I enjoyed the smoked bacon or sausage with eggs ($9.95), which included a “choice of side dish: home fries (Yukon Potato ), fresh fruit, roasted tomato with basil and herbs, or slices of fresh tomato, and a choice of toast (nine grain, white, rye ; or add 25¢ for English mun; or add 50¢ for homemade banana-nut bread; or add 95¢ for croissant).” I chose the sausages and tomatoes with basil and herbs.

My bestie got the Eggs Benedict ($10.95)- poached eggs and ham topped with Hollandaise sauce.

Source: photo from Cafe Mason website

The food was great and the service was excellent. We thought the place was really funky as well, and really gave off a San Francisco vibe!

After all that food you would think we would be full. But no, our sweet tooths got the better of us and we decided to order some yummy pancakes to finish off the meal.

Buttermilk pancakes were $3.95 for one, $6.75 for two or $8.25 for 3.

Strawberries were $2.50 extra.

We topped it all off with some healthy juices! What a fantastic way to start off a day of exploring!

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