Firstly, it’s a real ‘local scene’ café.
Owners Jess Kaimoana and Shayne Green had owned cafés in Sydney before travelling through Asia and the US. When they chose to settle on the Gold Coat due to their love of ‘the two bs’ (the Broncos and ‘The Beach’), they started looking for a local-type venue.
“We really wanted to settle near Burleigh, but in a suburban area close by,” Shayne tells us.
The run-down fish and chip shop in a tucked away set of shops would have turned many people off, but the pair saw potential. They have transformed the space by installing bifold doors looking out to the front and opening up the kitchen to the dining room. Out back, there’s an area where the pair have planted their herb garden, its produce used daily in the kitchen.
We love owner/chefs. With Jess the chef and Shayne the barista and front-of-house, the pair are always on the job. Pumping out ‘home plate’ scratch-baked goods with housemade sauces, both the food and service are generous and warm.
‘Happiness is homemade’ is the café’s logo, and we see it in practice – unpretentious good food and service.
We’ve only just taken a seat when Shayne brings a carafe of water to the table. On a hot day, it’s good, old-fashioned hospitality, so often missing from big city establishments.
Being a local café in a high-density area, Shayne knows locals by name, checking whether each one wants their usual order. From young families having a weekend lunch or tradies stopping in on their way past to a group of older ladies enjoying a slice of homemade cake with a cup of Sydney-based Mutch & More coffee, favoured by the couple from their previous cafés, everyone is made welcome.
“Everything is made in house,” Shayne tells us, “pulled meat, burger patties, sauces such as tomato relish and hollandaise, cakes and muffins – it all comes out of our kitchen.”
With an extensive menu covering brekkie, brunch and lunch, there’s a great choice on offer for a local café.
Though there are many lunch items that pique my interest, I’ve chosen a Burrito from the menu. When it arrives, it’s enormous – an easy meal for two smaller appetites, packed with pulled pork, vegies and egg.
Also popular are the Red velvet pancakes, Vege stack, Gringo bowl, Corn fritters with guacamole and Homemade burgers.
With a growing gym clientele and meals priced between $11 – $18, it’s easy to get a healthy meal here at the right price.
Child and dog friendly with great homemade food, at Home Plate Kitchen ‘Mutch & More’ doesn’t just apply to the coffee!
6 Treeview Drive, Burleigh Waters Ph: 07 5535 5019
Open: Tues – Sun 5:30am to 2:30pm
Munch on Homestyle Eats in the Burleigh Backstreets at Home Plate Kitchen
Burleigh Waters and Varsity Lakes residents, rejoice! There’s a tasty new local that is bringing homemade goodness to your hood. If you like your hollandaise sauce made from scratch, have an obsession with haloumi (we’ll put our hands up there) and get your jollies out of the smell of fresh-baked sweets, then consider Home Plate Kitchen your new neighbourhood hang.We’re all for home-style nosh. It’s the epitome of ‘keeping it real’.
Whilst the doors opened just a few short weeks ago, you’d swear that Home Plate Kitchen had been there for years – it just has that vibe. The former fish and chip joint on Treeview Drive has been transformed by Sydney natives Jess Kaimoana and Shayne Green, shining a tasty light on the busy residential pocket.If you live on, near or around Mattocks Road, you’ll back us up when we say this is a welcome addition to the area. The space is now a far cry from its former state – the two-week reno saw the space re-emerge as a bright, open and welcoming eating house and caffeine stop, much to the delight of locals. The duo have developed an extensive breakfast and lunch menu, which takes a real shine to home-style eats.
We’ll use the humble beef burgers as an example – the patty is made in-house, so is the chunky relish, and it’s served on a good crunchy bakery-fresh bread roll, instead of the token shiny brioche burger bun. Not that we have anything against brioche (we love you, brioche) but it’s certainly refreshing to see an old-school hearty burger done well … and yes, it comes with pickles. By morning, you can build your own breakfast, tuck into corn fritters with ‘guacahummus’, savour a fresh acai bowl, or get your mitts around the veggie stack with a hash brown, caramelised onions, and a poached egg topped with a thick slice of haloumi.
The cabinet it chock-full with house-made baked treats, including a simple yet life-changing chocolate brownie. Home Plate Kitchen is the only place on the Gold Coast where you’ll find Sydney-based Mutch & Moore Coffee pouring – so if you’re after an on-the-go brew and bacon and egg roll before work, or you’re keen to sit, savour and stay a while, both you and your stomach will feel most content in the Burleigh backstreets’ newest cafe space.
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