Founded by Peter Gloftis in 2016, No Name Lane began as a tiny hole-in-the-wall café in a nameless laneway off Oracle Boulevard. Its trade consisted mostly of coffee, gourmet wrapped sandwiches and slices. Not anymore!
“The only constant in life is change,” said the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and this quote is as true for the Gold Coast’s hospitality industry today as it was in Greece in 500 BCE.
Four years into its life and now on its third set of owners, the location, branding, and excellent Black Sheep coffee are the main reminders of the original No Name Lane. Apart from that, the café is almost unrecognisable.
Keeping pace with dining culture, new owners Kevin and Karissa Maxwell, who took over in March 2020, have renovated the space and menu to achieve their vision of what a great café could be.
“We wanted to provide an upmarket breakfast and lunch experience that matched the level of food already on offer in Oracle Boulevard,” Kevin explains, “a place that locals could call their own. There are some fabulous restaurants in the area, but we saw a gap in breakfast and brunch offerings that we want to fill.”
Using the time during lockdown when there was only takeaway trade, the couple renovated the restaurant, moving the bar to create a more open, inviting space. It’s a marked improvement, the Y-shaped venue uncluttered and bright, populated with gorgeous Uniqua chairs and copper-detailed tables.
The rare luxury of full table service in a café allows us to relax and dine in comfort. It’s a little thing that speaks volumes.
Food, too, has settled into a brunch-style menu bridging daytime dining. With talented young chef Josh Roberts in charge of the kitchen, each dish is exceptional. Josh may be only 26 years old, but this is his third role as Head Chef and rightly so. Dishes that sound inviting and accessible on the menu astound us with their detailed presentation.
Avocado toast was never like this, elegantly presented with shards of house-made kale chips and whipped Meredith Farm goats’ cheese, stepped up with pickles adding an acidic bite to the otherwise rich and creamy combo.
The Open Mushroom Omelette is perfectly wobbly inside, a rare feat. It is served with pan-fried sage, leeks and a medley of mushrooms.
Pancakes gain cherry sauce, cherry pearls and matcha crumble, splashed Picasso-like around the plate, dark chocolate mousse and cherry sorbet bringing depth and flavour, with maple syrup to pour over the dish at the table.
French toast made from chocolate-soaked brioche is a masterpiece, served with banana chocolate crumble, salted caramel, chocolate crème pâtissier and ice cream. While there are no items irrelevant to the taste of the dish (and neither should there be), the crunch of candied walnuts and the tang of good salt take this dish to next level status.
Brunch dishes extend into substantial lunch dishes such as 11-hour marinated Lamb shoulder pie, Korean chicken burger, the Goodness bowl and Pan-roasted salmon served on a pea purée with baby chat potatoes and a mustard-dressed watercress and herb salad, all clearly marked for dietary preferences.
As a café, No Name Lane has gone from strength to strength. Finally, four years after its beginnings, it has found its mojo, achieving on all fronts: great coffee, food, service and ambience.
No Name Lane, Elizabeth Ave, Broadbeach Ph: 07 5538 5221 Open daily 6am – 4pm
The Gold Coast boasts a plethora of cafés, popular not only for their coffee but also for their fabulous food and atmosphere. But when you’re travelling with kids, the choices diminish. Sometimes you feel the need to don combat gear to even venture outside the house, let alone go dining!
We set out to find you the best family-friendly cafés where the whole family is welcome; places that have a separate kids’ menu as well as a fenced shaded play area so that everyone can relax and enjoy the experience.
First Fruits Coffee, Southport
Highlights: Kids’ menu, fenced undercover play area, regular play group
Beside the Church of Christ and diagonally opposite Parkwood Plaza, First Fruits Coffee overlooks a huge fully fenced undercover playground housing gym equipment, climbing castles and slides suitable for under 8s. Daniel and Anna Smith serve up their own coffee roast, First Fruits, together with cakes and treats. They can also do kids’ party catering. Playgroup is held at the centre every Thursday from 9.30am – 11.30am.
Voted the ‘Most Kid-friendly Café’ on the Gold Coast, the area around Dune Café is wildly busy on weekends and holidays. The family-friendly café looks out across an open grassed area to a sandy beach and boardwalk, with a pirate-themed playground located nearby. Dune offers plenty of kids’ choices, including hosting children’s parties.
The Fish Shak, Southport
Highlights: Kids’ menu, Water playground nearby
Fresh Australasian seafood and burgers form the highlight of The Fish Shak’s menu, making it a great choice for family fish and chips night. The Shak Espresso window faces out to the Broadwater serving coffee, cold drinks, ice creams and snacks to eat under shade overlooking the Broadwater Parklands. There’s wide open space for older children to play and the Rock Pools water playground is just around the corner.
Pasture & Co, Currumbin Valley
Highlights: Kids dishes, weekly storytime and craft, children’s party options
At the entrance to Currumbin’s eco Village, this gorgeous café opens out at the back to an extensive grassed area where children can wander in clear view of their parents. Kangaroos visit each morning and late afternoon, and on Wednesdays there’s story time at 9.30am followed by children’s craft. The café menu contains several kids’ items such as scrambled eggs and ricotta pancakes as well as allergy-friendly cakes.
Sunlight Drive Café, Burleigh Heads
Highlights: Kids’ menu, fenced play area – CHECK play area details post Covid-19.
Realising a gap in the market, Aneta and Dennis Eilmann recently opened the coast’s most child-centric café. The main feature of the café is a huge fenced children’s play area fringed by dining tables and lounges so that parents can easily supervise their children. While parents and carers are well catered for with burgers, bowls and keto plates, kids can chomp down on housemade pancakes, picnic ‘plates’ and babycinos. NOTE: The play area has been changed since Covid, however this is still a child-friendly cafe.
BSKT Café, Mermaid Beach
Highlights: Kids’ menu, fenced undercover play area
Why not bring up your kids to appreciate good food? BSKT Café has its own fully fenced undercover kids’ play area including a cubby house backing onto the restaurant. There are five menu items ‘For the Kids’ including Berrylicious Pancakes, Tacka Tacos and Flatbread Ham and Cheese Toastie. Every Friday, kids eat free and there’s kids’ entertainment on the big screen in the playground.
Café Tahbella, Oxenford
Highlights: Kids’ menu, fenced undercover play area, child meal free on Sundays
Aimed squarely at its surrounding demographic, this family-friendly café offers well-priced made to order meals at very competitive prices. A small but well-equipped fenced-off play area takes up one corner of the café, complete with toys, books and a playhouse, its theme changing annually. There’s a separate kids’ menu on an activity sheet, and kids eat free every Sunday (one child free with every full-priced adult meal).
Cadence Café, Nerang
Highlights: Kids’ menu, fenced undercover play area
Catering primarily for locals, runners and cyclist-centric clientele, Cadence Café has a fully fenced play area under shade sail. Play equipment includes a boat and slippery slide. There’s also a separate children’s menu of breakfast and lunch items including waffles and calamari and chips. Meanwhile, for Mum and Dad, there are brekkies, bowls, salads and sandwiches with gluten-free and vegan options.
Located beside a river at Mt Nathan, this historic property has spacious grounds leading down to a river. Llama and deer are housed in a large fenced-off area beside the barn, and there are plenty of turtles and ducks in the river. Animal food is available for purchase in the café. The café is available for children’s parties with a separate menu.
The Henchman, Miami
Highlights: Kid’s menu, Jumping castle on Saturdays and school holidays
Crema Espresso, Pacific Fair, Broadbeach
Highlights: Located beside ‘Play Street’, takeaway available.
Officers with the Phoenix Police Department jumped into action on Tuesday, July 28, after receiving a call of a dog drowning in a canal. “There’s no routine call in police work. This morning our officers responded to reports of a drowning dog in a canal and did not hesitate to jump in and save him. Once this good boy was safely on land again, he was treated by @GlendaleFire and is doing just fine,” a tweet from the Phoenix police said. The Glendale Fire Department posted photos of the dog, and said the dog was taken to a nearby fire station. Once there, he was given food, water and “some TLC,” they said. Credit: Phoenix Police Department via Storyful
Boudoir Lounge’s Sunday degustation brunch provides a great opportunity to taste Lebanese-inspired cuisine, the food of restaurateur Harvey Gebara’s own homeland.
Inspired to share a version of a traditional Middle Eastern breakfast banquet since he opened Boudoir, six months later, after a few rocky months for all of us, it was time for Boudoir to show off its heritage in a magnificent feast bringing to the Gold Coast a culture almost as old as time.
There is no more interesting place than the one where cultures meet. Lebanon is such a place. Referred to as ‘a pearl of the Middle East’, Lebanon sits in the middle of the Eastern arc of the Mediterranean, a trader’s thoroughfare and crucible of cultures due to its various historical rulers.
Lebanese cuisine is among the healthiest in the world, using an abundance of legumes and whole grains, fruit and vegetables, fresh fish and seafood. Yet the diversity of its dishes is not readily known in Australia.
Chef Matija Stefancic (ex-Park Royal, Melbourne and Café Diversity, Redcliffe) presents Sunday brunch at Boudoir, a fusion of diverse flavours for a Gold Coast audience.
“I wanted to create a bridge between traditional Middle Eastern culture and dishes already known to Gold Coast diners,” Chef Mat tells us.
Five courses and a cocktail exit the kitchen in procession, each dish a complex combination of exotic and known, historically old yet boldly experimental.
From Fatteh served as an entrée on a wafer of fried bread and delicate cucumber-lined Salmon Tarator sandwiches well suited to an English garden party to Egyptian Mess, a vegan version of Eton Mess complete with banana raisin bread, meringue and whipped ‘cream’, coulis and almond praline, we are treated to a feast. Half the dishes are vegan, and as many gluten-free.
Chef Mat brings us exotic flavours in forms we recognise yet with his own twist. ‘Benedict’ is served on a falafel waffle with tahini spinach, Aleppo pepper, hollandaise and a slice of air-dried pastirma beef, and the risotto-like Mushroom Hrisseh, a bulgur porridge, champions king brown mushrooms, watercress and vegan truffle ‘milk’.
One of our favourite dishes is Harvey’s Famous Lebanese Toast, a version of bread and butter pudding with eggy bread dressed up with lemon curd, a top knot of rosewater meringue, pistachio ice cream and berries.
In a venue where honour is given to heritage and the signature cocktail named after Harvey’s 113-year-old grandmother, Boudoir Lounge brings us an exotic take on breakfast, indulging our sense of adventure when otherwise we might not be travelling far from home.
The Boudoir Brunch commences service to the public each Sunday morning (dependant on bookings) from Sunday 2nd August 2020 with two seatings available at 8.00am – 10.00am or 10.30am – 12.30pm. Bookings are essential and tickets can be purchased on 07 5528 1104 or www.boudoirlounge.com.au
Four course Degustation experience
· $59 pp including one complimentary coffee or tea
· $69pp including The Lady Marmalade cocktail
· $99pp with bottomless The Lady Marmalade or Mimosas.
NOTE: Good Food Gold Coast dined as a guest of Boudoir Lounge. Bookings are essential. (One photo credited to Boudoir Lounge.)
Greek tavernas conjure up memories of good times and a free-ranging lifestyle under blue and white stucco walls and awnings, wine in our hands, the table spread with dips and flatbread, Greek salad and fresh grilled seafood.
Standing Acropolis-like on top of the hill, The Greek Club has always been the epitome of all things Hellenic, the place where Greek culture is represented in Brisbane.
To be sure, when we dine there we’re not sitting in a bar on Santorini, but in a pristine inner-city dining room. 15,000 worry beads hang from the ceiling of the function room beside us, city towers peek out from behind the greenery of Musgrave Park, but the food of Nostimo (which means ‘tasty’ or ‘delicious’ in Greek) brings back memories of Greek islands that we can now only dream of revisiting.
From 2018, when The Greek Club relaunched following a $3 million refurbishment, Nostimo was founded under the guidance of internationally acclaimed Chef in Residence David Tsirekas.
Nostimo’s menu gained sophistication and a firm grounding in the historical context of Greek cuisine due to David Tsirekas’ inimitable knowledge of Hellenic culinary history. The menu is designed to take us on a journey through the flavours and traditions of the Hellenes through the ages, unique culturally and regionally grounded dishes designed to be shared with family and friends.
Though Chef David Tsirekas was not present when we dined, the kitchen was in the very capable hands of Head Chef Adam Carpenter who has been with The Greek Club for twelve years.
Food and nostalgia are intertwined, the ‘Old School’ section of Nostimo’s menu even more so, showing off favourite traditional dishes.
On a rainy winter’s day, we begin our lunchtime meal with hearty starters from the Horiatiko menu: Wild green filo triangles that one could imagine being made from foraged greens (Hortopitakia) served with a smoky eggplant garnish, Slow braised giant beans on a rich tomato sauce with toasted bread (Gigantes), and the crowd pleaser, a contemporary Seafood platter for two abundant in tender calamari, octopus, Kataifi prawns and tarama.
Casting no aspersions on previous dishes, no visit to a Greek restaurant would be complete without lamb, and in Nostimo’s case it’s Lamb Skaras: Sovereign Hill lamb, braised for eight hours, then cooked on the charcoal grill with paprika, oregano and garlic for a smoky finish and served on a bed of wilted spinach with herbed yoghurt; it’s melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and flavour puts it among the best lamb I have eaten. It’s unmissable!
For dessert, we enjoy a delicious Greek version of a bread and butter pudding made with tsoureki and served warm with Metaxa-laced custard and Maraschino cherries, the recipe created by Chef Eamon Barnes. Delicious and light, this dessert would be perfect with a Greek coffee.
We’ll have to return to try the signature Pork Belly Baklava, roasted pork belly layered with filo pastry, date and pistachio and pork crackling with a date, mustard and mastiha sauce. A modern dish rooted in old favourites, it’s bound to create its own memories!
Nostimo is fully licensed with craft beer on tap, Greek beer and wine, spirits and classic cocktails. There’s a children’s menu that includes calamari, chicken or lamb with chips, pita bread and salad. Bookings are essential.
This is the web version of raceAhead, Fortune’s twice weekly newsletter on race and culture. Sign up to get it delivered free to your inbox.
Trump changes housing policy and ramps up his stump speech dog-whistling, and Facebook’s under fire for allegedly ignoring data showing that Black Instagram users were more likely to sanctioned than white ones. Black founders got nowhere to turn when faced with racist venture investors, and oh, white folks? San Francisco Mayor London Breed would like a word.
But first, here’s your cognitively amazing week in review, in Haiku.
What economists think we require and want common individuals will put up with is seldom the identical issue.
The governing administration has brought down its extraordinary economic and fiscal update, a big turning place in the history of Australia.
The price of the excellent JobKeeper and JobSeeker policies are identified. The dizzying heights to which the unemployment amount will increase is forecast: a shocking 9.25%. The record debt and deficits are there in black and white: $677 billion in web debt this year, and rising.
Still somehow this a single-of-a-kind doc has transported Australian politics to familiar territory. We are out of the brilliant glare of the pandemic and back in the groove: the Coalition wants to cut taxes to makes the economic system develop more rapidly.
A person described as a good Samaritan helped the US Coast Guard to rescue a man from a boat which caught fire out on Lake Tahoe in California officials said in a statement released July 20. This footage, recorded by the US Coast Guard, shows the boat engulfed in flames on the lake. The Coast Guard said the “good Samaritan” stepped in to help rescue the 43-year-old man after his boat caught fire. “A Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection crew arrived on scene shortly after and extinguished the fire before the vessel sunk in 21 feet of water,” the Coast Guard said. Credit: Seaman Ryan Estrada/Coast Guard District 11. via Storyful