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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Passionfruit Slice (makes 16 squares)

At a uni friend’s BBQ not long ago, another friend brought this delicious passionfruit slice for dessert.

It looked tempting and tasted even more amazing than it looked. I love passionfruit and all things sweet or sour and this delicious slice was all of the above.

I asked where my friend had gotten the recipe and she told me that her friend’s daughter has a food blog and she found the recipe on there.

A few weeks ago I decided to make it for dessert for my grandparents, aunty and uncle and cousin.

The recipe comes from Bec Loves Baking. It is simple to make and everyone absolutely loved it. I couldn’t stop eating it myself and it wasn’t long before there was none left.

I highly recommend that you try this Passionfruit slice – it’s sure to be a winner!

Ingredients: 

  • 155g self-raising flour
  • 90g dessicated or shredded coconut
  • 120g caster sugar
  • 135g melted butter
  • 1 X 395g can condensed milk
  • 130mls lemon juice
  • 90mls passionfruit pulp (I used tinned pulp)
Method:
1. Preheat oven to 160°C and line the base and sides of a 20cm x 30cm tin with baking paper.
2. Put flour in a medium sized bowl, along with the coconut and sugar. Stir to combine.
3. Add melted butter and stir until thoroughly combined.
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4. Press the coconut, sugar, butter and flour mixture into the lined baking tin and bake for 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned.
5. In a medium bowl combine condensed milk, lemon juice and passionfruit pulp and beat well with a wooden spoon until thickened and evenly combined.
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Before: All the ingredients in the bowl
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After: After beating mixture should be thick and creamy
6. Pour passionfruit mixture over the hot base, and bake for another 15 minutes or until set.
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7. Transfer pan to a wire rack and allow to cool completely in the pan.
8. Refrigerate until chilled, then remove from pan and slice to serve.
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Wow Cow, Parramatta

Address: Phillip Street, Parramatta NSW

Tel: (02) 9635 6499

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After dinner at Temasek, I asked MC to drop me off at WowCow for some dessert. He ended up having to drive around the block three times before I was ready to be picked up with my WowCow.

I’ve been to Noggi and Moochi before and although they are all pretty much the same thing, I wanted to try this one as well.

I ordered a mango frozen yoghurt (medium) with mango pearls, strawberry and passionfruit.

Service was great but I would warn you to bring cash as they don’t accept cards.

The medium size was pretty big -it should be called large- so I got MC to share with me to finish it off. We were both so full at the end though, especially after our Malaysian dinner.

The strawberry and passionfruit gave the dessert a delicious tang which I really enjoy in my ice cream and yoghurt. The mango pearls, which I expected to have the texture of Easyway pearls, were actually more like roe (fish eggs) than pearls. They weren’t chewy, but rather, burst in your mouth once you bit into them. They tasted good though as the mango was sweet and refreshing.

Overall a good experience and I would return there again as frozen yoghurt is my new favourite “healthy” movie snack!

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