Let me just start by saying that I really love the open plan of this cafe – its almost a communal dining experience! You can dine alfresco in the alley way of the Burleigh arcade, sit around the corner along the breezy sidewalk or simply sit inside and enjoy the vintage yet modern decor the restaurant interior has to offer! My favourite little details would have to be the chrome table tops and sepia toned photographs of Burleigh’s earlier days sprawled across the main wall. Simplicity at its best!


Once we were seated and handed our menus we were asked if we wanted to start off with some coffee – YES PLEASE!! I don’t know about you but I really dislike when my coffee comes out after my food! So we were off to a good start already. The menu really drew me in – every dish sounded so perfectly hand crafted and well thought out. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into some of the deliciousness Canteen Kitchen had to offer! Choosing what dish to eat was probably the hardest decision I had to make that morning. The words labneh, cumin, harissa and za’ater flat bread all made a regular appearance on the menu and it had me intrigued… Such a Middle Eastern twist to a modern breakfast menu!

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I opted for the Canteen favorite (as suggested by one of the waiters) ‘ Cumin scrambled eggs, green harissa, Meredith goats feta on a sourdough toast. When the meal arrived in front of me I was worried about the portion size – was this going to be enough to fill me?! I am starving! I had nothing to fear, it was the perfect amount… just enough to leave me satisfied but not to much to leave me in a food coma (I know you know that feeling too well) ! The flavours and aromas coming from my dish were incredible and my taste buds danced with excitement after my first bite. YUM! If your a foodie like me and get excited to try unique dishes then this is the place for you. I literally went back again two days later for a solo brekky date… yep – I’m officially hooked!

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Pistachio + quinoa tabouli // Cumin scrambled eggs

P.s If your going to take a few snaps of the place perhaps its best to ask the staff if they don’t mind being in the photo. I had abit of a shock when one of the baristas yelled at me saying that they did NOT want to be in the picture – AWKWARD! Lesson learnt… ask first!


Christie Smith xx


 + Canteen Kitchen & Coffee

23 Park Avenue, Burleigh Heads


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