The Black Sheep of the Gold Coast
[Warning: Content contains multiple cheesy puns]
Many woolly puns accompany fine food and delightful views at The Black Sheep Espresso Baa on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
After a short consultation with Google regarding the best local cafes, The Black Sheep came highly recommended. Sheepishly I followed their advice, and was not disappointed. Renowned for exceptional coffee and quality food, I experienced both.
This small, hole in the wall establishment is set in a classic Gold Coast shopping strip, with a high-rise backdrop that instantly ceases to exist when you sit down and become mesmerised by the sight in front of you.
A smooth, shimmering blanket of blue stretches endlessly towards the horizon, hiding an unseen marine world that flanks Coolangatta’s busy Marine Parade.
I’m here early and already patrons are jostling for one of the few tables. Four in total outside, and two of them ‘high-seaters’ which are difficult to eat at. A small compromise that needs to be made for all the benefits of which I’m about to enlighten you!Ok, so the coffee is seriously good! Being a Byron Bay local I am very fortunate to have access to some excellent coffee; and I’m happy to say that The Black Sheep is up there with the best of them. They offer small, sheep, or ram size cups, but I found the sheep left me wanting more and I would RAMp it up next time. 😉
This little black sheep is not mindlessly following the herd when it comes to café cuisine. Their menu serves up a dose of humour along with a great range of interesting items. You’ll find quirky dish descriptions with a personalised touch. They have deliciously tweaked the ‘favourites’ and added their own unique dishes. Fast and friendly service are the final ingredients to place this café ahead of the pack.
I chose the Spawn of Fungi, a creamy mushroom ragout topped with three arancini balls and one perfectly poached egg. The serving size was small but fresh, super tasty, and overall creamy-licious! And to my shear delight, it didn’t come served on a breadboard!!
Menu items range from $6.50 to $18.50 and cater to lamb, sheep, or ram sized appetites.
The hypnotising ocean view makes it tempting for an extended hangout, but the shortage of tables and high volume of patrons guilts me into vacating my prime piece of real estate prematurely.Open from 5am, this place is perfect for the early morning fitness folk to grab a caffeine to go after they walk, jog, cycle, pram, or swim in nature’s playground just across the road.
I did see a couple of diners set up with their laptops and think that it would make the ideal outdoor office!But for now I bid adieu to the endless blue; already planning my return visit where I intend to sample their fancy fruit toast. Promises of grilled peaches, ricotta cheese and roasted nuts have been made. Sounds be-EWE-tiful!
The Black Sheep Espresso Bar is located at 80 Marine Parade, Coolongatta, QLD.
Opening Hours: 5:00AM – 3:00PM
Call (07) 5536 9947
© November 2016.