Writer and fitness enthusiast living in beautiful Redcliffe, Queensland.
Published August 8th 2012
Gourmet food at a cheap price
What a delightful find Mikki's in Maroochydore has been for me. Almost hidden away in a small hole in the wall along Duporth Ave, this new establishment has given the area a dining experience it has sorely missed.
Husband and wife team of Craig and Zsofia Popplewell have done well to create such a welcoming environment in such a short time. The restaurant, with indoor and outdoor (undercover) seating, offers a no-fuss and laid back candle lit dining experience (real candles here, none of that battery operated stuff).
My partner and I first went along for dinner last month, and I'm happy to say we've already been back for more. I found the menu to be quite simple, and that's not a bad thing. It felt a bit short but certainly not of options. There was no doubting the main attractions though - the gourmet burgers and pizzas.
The first time around I went with the marinated chicken, mozzarella, chilli jam, pepperonata, baby spinach and feta, tomato baze gourmet pizza. All of that for $16, which was a pleasant surprise. I had expected it to be at least $20. In fact, that was one of the dearest items on the menu. The burgers were much the same, ranging in price from $13-$15. Considerably cheap, I thought, for what they brought out.
As mentioned I have been back multiple times yet I can't get myself away from this pizza - I find myself salivating for it every time I walk in the door.
We rounded out our first-timers meal with the baby spinach salad ($9) and a bowl of rustic cut chips ($6). My only criticism here was that there was not enough aioli to go for the chips, but that was only a minor issue, and barely worth a mention.
The pizza was delicious, very flavoursome. Served up on a thick wooden chopping board, the only way to get through this is by knife and fork. I would have liked to see a few more pizzas on the menu with chicken and meat on them, but this thought went away after having a taste of my partner's roasted mushroom pizza. Our plentiful spread left us full, satisfied yet still wanting more. We turned to the dessert menu.
After much deliberation we opted to share the Dark Chocolate Pizza ($13). It was about the same size of the pizza from earlier on, and perfect for sharing. Topped off with mascarpone, almonds and strawberry couli with a small bowl of vanilla ice cream, it was a satisfying end to our meal out.
By the time we had polished everything off, dinner came to a total of about $58. It felt like an absolute steal.
It's worth pointing out here that it's BYO for the time being – The Popplewells have an application for liquor license in place.
In such a short time, Mikki's has created its own unique identity in an area desperately lacking it. I'm already eager to come back and try out the breakfast menu. A meal at Mikki's is a great way to surprise someone special or just to treat yourself to a nice night out. I'm adding it to my list of regulars.