Breakfast at Providore at the Marina Mirage

While chatting with a friend over Facebook about breakfast nooks, she asked if I had ever been to Providore Marina Mirage on the Gold Coast. After I sheepishly admitted I rarely wake up early enough to make the trek down the coast for early lunch, much less breakfast, she assured me the trek to Providore Marina Mirage would be worth it.

Well, we made it and as the SO and I walked towards Providore Marina Mirage, he turned to me and said: “Wow, it’s really busy. Guess we won’t have to worry if the food is good”. Despite the hustle and bustle and lack of reservation, we were ushered past through the produce section full of assorted breads wrapped in crinkly plastic at the cashier to a small booth at the back wall. From our little spot, we had a fine view of the rest of the cafe and the kitchen.

Providore Marina Mirage

After a quick scan and placing our order, I ducked quickly to the neighbouring produce section to have a bit of a stickybeak and was impressed by the array of fresh produce and goods on offer. Since it was leading up to Easter, almost every inch of the foremost bench was covered in all manner of chocolate shaped rabbits and ducks, and other sweet treats. A mountain of bright orange carrots beckon alongside beetroots and potatoes, while jars, cans and packets of goods tempt with whispered promises of deliciousness from every direction.

Providore Marina Mirage

Providore Marina Mirage

Providore Marina Mirage

Providore Marina Mirage

And if that’s not bad enough, the cold display of pre-made sandwiches and salads are paraded to reduce your willpower to that of a ravenous wolf. To look at the fresh bright colours tossed together is to leave a trail of drool and pressed fingerprints in wanting across the glass. Providore Marina Mirage

Providore Marina Mirage

Providore Marina Mirage

Providore Marina Mirage

But we were there with a purpose and I had to save my stomach for breakfast. My heart ached at having to steel myself to sit back down for our order.

Providore Marina Mirage

Smoked trout. AUD$16.50

Over the hustle and bustle in Providore Marina Mirage, it’s easy to see that their most popular breakfast menu item was their eggs benedict. Almost every table seemed to have one member of their party with an eggs benedict order, which appeared both generous and lush with the pale yellow gloss of the hollandaise blanketing the plump poached eggs underneath.

The SO’s smoked trout, a hot smoked ocean trout with croquette potato and poached egg is not ordinarily something you’d find on a breakfast menu. What we had expected was a hot little number, but it turned out the trout was quite a surprise. It was served cool as a cucumber with much more surprise for the tastebuds from the smoking.

Yet while the trout was supposed to be the main attraction, I found myself much more enamoured by its sidekick – the croquette. I’m a sucker for potatoes, whether they are creamy, chunky, baked, mashed, fried or boiled. These crumbed mini logs crunched with as much satisfaction like autumn leaves underfoot and its thick creaminess held together well.

And of course Providore Marina Mirage got a gold star for gloriously poached eggs with the perfect liquid gold yolks.

What was interesting was there was a clear sweet sauce coating the bottom of the plate. We initially thought it might have been a bit of the poaching water from the eggs, but when tasted alone, it was sweet and was a familiar flavour… yet I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. I’m still in the dark as to what it was, but it certainly complemented everything in the smoked trout.

Providore Marina Mirage

Providore Marina Mirage

Scrambled eggs. AUD$16

I thought my scrambled eggs would be a simple enough breakfast, but we were surprised again. The eggs were presented with chorizo smoked chilli oil (not terribly spicy, but has a kick), butter poached potatoes (tiny golden brown crunchy chats) and dried cherry tomatoes (with enough plumpness to yield a tiny burst of tangy juice). Served with toasted triangles, I mopped up even the liquid traces of my breakfast from the plate.

Having finished our meal, we felt contented enough to sip our coffees and watch the rest of the Providore Marina Mirage‘s punters indulge in breakfast. It was very obviously family friendly. Couples sat alongside large family groups with children of various ages, and all were serviced briskly yet in a friendly manner.

And most importantly, as the SO said, we didn’t have to worry about the food.

 

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