This week’s coffee adventure took us back to an old favourite, Black Coffee Lyrics.
Generally, we try to stay away from Surfers Paradise.
If you have ever been to the Gold Coast you will understand why: it is busy, full of tourists and extremely tacky; complete with backpackers touting pub crawls, underdressed metermaids and its fair share of riff-raff. To make a bad situation worse, you can never find a carpark nearby.
The cafe itself is located down a dingy alleyway smack bang in the middle of Surfers, yet once you arrive, Black Coffee Lyrics is well worth the mission.
Stepping inside is like being transported to another place, the vintage style furniture and quirky decor add to the homely feel, yet the awe inspiring art makes it like you are in a a makeshift gallery.
Sitting down at a table that has been made from an old door, we ordered coffee as we waited for our breakfast dates to arrive. We aren’t sure what kind of beans they use, but the coffee was excellent. It was made to the perfect temperature (around 63-degrees) with thick textured milk and a natural sweetness that you can only get when a coffee is made right. Black Coffee Lyrics haven’t yet jumped on the ‘earthy-coffee’ bandwagon yet – much to our delight.
Perusing the menu we were impressed by the wide range of vegetarian options, and the guys were more than happy to accommodate our requests for extra eggs when everyone at the table ordered a ‘Penny Lane’.
The atmosphere was great for some creative chat with chilled music that was loud enough to create a vibe but not so loud to stifle conversation.
Our food quickly arrived and again we were impressed, the egg was poached to perfection and perched atop crunchy Turkish bread, roast pumpkin and wilted spinach, and smothered in a basil hollandaise type sauce that added richness without being overwhelming.
After polishing off our food, the boys ordered a round of ‘dirty chai’, which is a delicious creation of the guys at Black Coffee Lyrics.
A ‘dirty chai’ is basically a chai latte topped off with a shot of espresso. I know it sounds like an odd combination but when the owner of a cafe recommends something, we give it a try – we tried one on our first visit many moons ago, and each time we return, one of us has to order one!
Best of all, Black Coffee Lyrics is open for dinner, and yes they do BYO wine, but also have a fully stocked bar if you are keen for just a drink.
Black Coffee Lyrics
4/3131 Surfers Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Gold Coast, Australia
(Down the alleyway opposite Waxy’s)
We are off to Melbourne today so next week’s Coffee Adventure will feature one of our favourite cafes that we discover over the weekend!
Photos: by Kris and from my camera