Once again, this week was the end of term and time for the culinary arts & hospitality students from the Austral...
It seems that almost every restaurant on the Gold Coast opens for breakfast, and for our last morning (Sunday) we tried Alto Cucina & Bar by the beach. We arrived just after 9am and it was already full – there were people queuing by the front door (a good sign), however we were lucky enough to have come in through the back door from the adjoining Oasis shopping centre and jumped the queue straight to a table.
As well as the usual breakfast fare there were a few different items on the menu – I chose the homemade roesti stack with poached egg, kassler (thick cut) bacon and avocado ($16.90) plus a side serve of pork sausage ($3.50). This was unlike any breakfast I’ve had before, with the thick bacon tasting like a much nicer version of the ham steaks I remember from childhood. I could have done without the avocado, however the tomato relish and roesti were packed with flavour. Our coffees were average and took quite a while to arrive which was understandable given the amount of customers.
Renay chose a simple bacon & poached eggs on turkish toast with hash browns – the eggs were better than they looked, but it was surprising to see poached eggs looking like that compared to the quality of presentation on other dishes. Other interesting menu items included savoury mince (with cheese, grilled tomato, mushroom, poached egg & toast – $14.90), egg floater (spanish onion, tomato, mushroom, shallots in napoli sauce with two poached eggs & herbed bruschetta – $14.90) and brekky pizza (bacon, egg, avocado, tomato, spinach & spanish onion – $15.90).
There are plenty of options for breakfast in the Broadbeach area, however Alto Cucina was certainly one of the busiest. If you’re looking for a varied menu and don’t mind a busy start to the day then you should add it to your list of places to try.