We recently spent 3.5 days in the Gold Coast, attending a Buddhist course. We stayed, as usual, in an apartment building. We had great kitchen facilities and shops nearby but given that Maria Anita’s was only 250 metres away, I didn’t cook at all.
Everything in this cafe is gluten-free and refined sugar-free, and ingredient quality takes priority. All dishes are made with free-range meats, wild-caught fish, organic produce when possible, etc. There are dairy-free, grain-free and vegan options throughtout the menu.
I contacted them through Facebook to let them know I would be taking some photos and their response was both quick and affirmative. We found service on site was warm and friendly, although slow (good things take time). Keep that in mind if you’re in a rush.
Milk alternatives for coffee and tea include organic coconut milk (extra $0.5), and raw almond or cashew milk (extra $1.2). There is also the option to add cold-pressed turmeric juice (extra $1.2) to your brew.
Golden chai latte ($5.2), long black in a mug ($4.4)
There’s a wide selection of cold beverages such as raw nut milks made with organic raw almond or cashew milk, fruits and spices. The hippie version of the humble milkshake, if you wish. For example, the spiced banana caramel banana pictured below, which contained banana, lucuma, mesquite, and cinnamon.
Spiced banana caramel banana raw cashew milk ($8.50)
Organic blenders (aka smoothies, $9.50), made with organic fruit and veggies, are another good option if you’re after a liquid meal. The protein-packed, featuring activated seeds, fermented brown rice protein with super greens, spinach, pear and organic coconut milk, was a popular choice.
The breakfast menu features usual suspect (poached eggs on toast, pancakes, waffles) in their gluten-free, super food-packed upgraded versions. We tried the organic baked portobello mushrooms, organic labneh, sorghum toast with extra free range poached eggs and free range streaky bacon, and the free range poached eggs, sautéed organic greens, avocado, organic living sprout medley and salsa verde with extra sorghum toast and sustainable hot smoked salmon. Out of the three options of toast on the day, we chose olive and garlic. Best gluten-free toast ever.
Free range poached eggs, plus toast and hot smoked salmon ($25.50)
Organic baked portobello mushrooms, plus poached eggs and bacon ($22)
There are also daily specials, like the bruschetta in the photo below.
People who like sweet breakfasts would enjoy something like the buckwheat pancakes, berry compote, organic pure maple syrup, organic coconut yoghurt.
Buckwheat pancakes ($18)
Breakfast is served all day, but who wants breakfast when the lunch/dinner menu has so many appealing options? We tried: roast organic beetroot salad, organic labneh, free range streaky bacon, dukkah, seasonal greens, free range shredded Angus beef cheek, radicchio lettuce bowls, avocado, organic seasonal salad, raw cashew hollandaise sauce, pan seared wild caught fish, organic coconut spinach, organic spiced quinoa, toasted coconut, organic living sprout medley and 150g pecan-crusted free range petite eye fillet, organic sweet potato mash, sautéed spinach, organic spiced tomato chutney. All were delicious and I would happily order them again. I also got to try a forkful of the raw vegetable patty, organic seasonal salad, smashed avocado, organic living sprout medley, raw cashew hollandaise sauce, also very tasty.
Roast organic beetroot salad ($19.50)
Free range shredded Angus beef cheek ($24)
Pan seared wild caught fish ($26.50)
150g pecan-crusted free range petite eye fillet ($28)
Raw vegetable patty ($17)
Last, but not least, there is a counter full of healthy treats to grab for dessert or as a quick(er) meal on the go. I had a bite of the apple crumble muffin, raw mango & coconut cheesecake and triple coconut muffin, all of them awesome.
Raw mango & coconut cheesecake ($17)