Lakeview Cafe, Burleigh Waters

Surfers Paradise is usually our go-to Gold Coast location (and Amimoto my go-to lunch spot), but when the Ekka holiday rocked around, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to head down the coast on an adventure. I heard of Lakeview Espresso and convinced the SO to take us to lunch there.

Lakeview

‘Pretty’ and ‘idyllic’ were my first impressions of Lakeview Espresso. Nestled comfortably in the midst of neat homes and quiet streets, Lakeview Espresso has a soothing view of the lake and small kids’ playground across the street. If your tyke is being fussy, I recommend taking them over for a quick play while you’re waiting for your order.

The alfresco dining area is covered and would be prime coffee relaxation real estate, especially if the weather is fine.

Orders and payment were made at the counter. It was also a chance to sneak a peek at the specials board and the baked good offering. In our case, it was the lamb burger and croissants.

We were also offered a 15% discount on our order as first-time customers.

Lakeview

Lakeview menu

Lakeview - latte

Lakeview Espresso has a light meal section. If my stomach wasn’t planning a mutiny, I would’ve gone for the Acai Bowl (AUD$13) or the Breakfast Burrito (bacon, egg, cheese, baby spinach, bean salsa, Mexican spices and house BBQ sauce for AUD$12).

However we were hungry for a hearty lunch and the prices for a bigger meal weren’t much more than the light meal options. I was tossing up between the Brat Bowl (roasted veg hash with sauteed kale, feta, poached egg and avocado in a light dressing for AUD$12.50) and the Mushrooms (thyme roasted mushrooms with sauteed kale and veggie has on sourdough with pumpkin hummus for AUD$14), before the Burleigh Beans caught my eye.

Lakeview - Burleigh Beans. AUD$12

Burleigh Beans. AUD$12

Lakeview Espresso‘s Burleigh Beans is vegetarian Boston style beans with a poached egg, sour cream and four slices of generously buttered sourdough toast. You can add chorizo for an additional AUD$3 for a carnivor-friendly version.

The sourdough toast was perfect for scooping up the plump beans. The sour cream helped mellow out the sweetness and smokiness of the thick BBQ sauce. However I quickly became overwhelmed and tried to drain as much of the sauce as possible with every bite halfway through my meal.

Lakeview - Chicken Bacon Burger. AUD$14

Chicken Bacon Burger. AUD$14

The SO had better luck with his chicken bacon burger. The bun barely held together the smoked chicken, bacon, baby spinach, cheese, tomato and beet relish combination. This one was for the truly hungry.

Lakeview - Mini avo toast. AUD$8

Mini avo toast. AUD$8

Bubby got a mini avo toast. Unfortunately Bubby doesn’t have the hang of biting through the crunchy harder edges of the toast yet and he isn’t keen on the fresh salad leaves. On the other hand, the avocado was perfect. The mashed avocado had chunks of feta mixed through, adding saltiness and textural interest.

Lakeview - playground across the street

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