Where to start?!! Organic beans. I dropped a large flatty with breakfast. It was smooth and the right milk ratio. Just superb. The eggs Benny with bacon was delightful and lord get yourself a juice! I think mine as the morning glory from memory with orange and ginger and it was amazeballs. I'll be back here next time I visit the GC.
Overview #41 in Gold Coast Top Cafe 2014
The coffee was great, bit weak for me but with a double shot would have been perfect, the barista was really friendly even coming over and checking how my coffee was!! The place was very open which was really nice but it lacked an atmosphere inside, the service wasn't the best with no acknowledgement when I entered except by the barista who was the busiest at the time!!
Grocer & Grind is part of a new generation of fine establishments finally offering locals and visitors to the Gold Coast a level of quality that was previously quite elusive. On my first visit this morning, I was very nearly blown away - I say nearly, because although impressive, there were still a few aspects that hold back G&G from reaching its full potential. The fit out and overall atmosphere are both excellent. I genuinely enjoyed spending time here and it was very pleasant sitting outside under those big parasols, even when it started raining. During my entire visit, I enjoyed the friendly service of the young French chap who was looking after me - I really couldn't fault his service. Unfortunately, this was somewhat tempered by another team member who felt the need to confront me towards the end of my visit with an assumption that was both ridiculous and a little insulting. Maybe the culture on the Gold Coast is different to what I’m used to, but this put a dampener on what was otherwise a very positive experience. The food menu is quite special and has enough variety to warrant several follow-up visits. I also appreciated that nearly all the dishes were either GF or could be. With a strong focus on fresh organic ingredients, you don’t mind paying top dollar here. My pulled pork and beans dish was delicious, as was my pressed juice. Coffee is from Bear Bones Espresso - a local roaster making waves for all the right reasons. The house blend made up of Colombian, Ethiopian, Guatemalan and Mexican beans was a surprising fruit bomb with lovely acidity and nice balance. My piccolo was only let down by the (unsurprising) choice of Barambah milk which fully separated and was super thin. Although I appreciate the organic aspect, this choice of milk ensures that I will be ordering black coffees here from now on. Overall, Grocer & Grind is a huge step in the right direction for the Gold Coast; despite my minor complaints today I’ll be back for sure.
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