Elk Espresso – Broadbeach, Queensland
Tucked away between the Gold Coast Highway and the beachfront at Broadbeach is Elk Espresso. Open daily for breakfast and lunch this find is a great escape from the heat of the beach and the perfect excuse to get away from the bustling and grungy Surfers Paradise.
As much as I want to avoid this comment, Elk has the workings of a great Melbourne café. The décor is minimalist with chunky wooden tables on wheels jam packed in with black and white metal chairs topped off with a clean cut, accidently on purpose hipster feel.
The food is amazing, which despite rumours, was difficult to find on the Gold Coast. The coffee was of an extremely high standard too. The bean of choice is All Press, which in inexperienced hands can go terribly wrong! I find All Press quite temperamental but the barista’s at Elk work well with what they have got. Again, like most All Press cafes, black is better than white.
Now back to the food. I had the Quesadilla with leg ham – poached eggs (perfectly cooked) on top of a ham and cheese filled quesadilla folded into a neat little package with corn salsa scattered over the top. I added a side of potato hash, which I have to say, was the best decision I made all day. The light fluffiness of the hash was simply irresistible. My brunching companion opted for the Elk feast – poached eggs, hash, pork and fennel sausage (the highlight), roasted tomato on sourdough with avocado. The portion sizes are substantial for the price.
Elk is dripping with popularity. It is hard to find a table any day of the week but particularly on weekends. The staff are friendly but service is not ideal. The long wait for food and the even longer wait for coffee is worth it but I can’t help but think it comes down to the laid back nature of the coast that makes this so. I found everywhere on the Gold Coast involved long waiting periods and in this case waiting does not discredit the overall Elk experience one bit.