You'll probably be heading to the Gold Coast over the next few weeks to take advantage of some of the great events in Tastes of the Gold Coast.
While you are there dine like a local at Spendlove in Southport. This is a long way off the tourist trail with open plan dining in middle of an upmarket shopping mall, Ferry Road Markets. The surrounding shops include Sweet (will be blogging cupcakes from here soon), Merlo Torrefazione, Wheel and Barrow, and a great florist.
There's also a very large market very similar to the James Street market where you can buy almost anything food wise.
Spendlove is the sort of place where they bring you a glass of water without being asked. There's soothing background music and plenty of papers to read while waiting for brekkie to arrive.
My Spendlove mini ($13.50) included rashers of bacon, two eggs, toasted Vienna bread and herb crusted tomato. It came exactly as described. The eggs had bright yellow yolks and there was plenty of delicious crispy grilled bacon. The tomato had a crusty breadcrumb topping which was a great addition.
The breakfast menu is available until midday and offers eggs nine ways eggs & pancakes muesli fruit salad
The breakfast stand out is wagyu steak, poached egg ($22). A prime export quality wagyu steak char grilled served with poached egg, sautéed spinach, balsamic mushrooms and confit tomato.
Or the cheese soufflé ($17.50). Two cheeses Hanks tomato chutney, spinach, char grilled rasher of bacon, mozzarella cheese and confit tomato 17.50
Spendlove's skinny option is bircher muesli ($11.50) with fresh honeycomb or fruit salad ($10.50) .
Breakfast prices range from $7.50 to $22 The coffee is Segafredo with a smooth rounded flavour.
Bottom line: This was a great, well cooked breakfast. Loved the crispy grilled bacon and herb crusted tomato which took it well above normal fare.
Spendlove Bistro and Bar
11 The Markets, 107 The Brickworks, Ferry Road