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Published March 21st 2016
Your weekend brunch destination… Sorted
As you wander down Marine Parade on a late and lazy Sunday morning, any of the cafes you pass would be a perfectly good choice for brunch. But my choice? Mockingbird Café. Its industrial styling combined with just a touch of vintage is unpretentious, welcoming and easy going.
While you might think the hardest decision of the morning is done … wait until you see the range of milk on offer for your coffee. How nice is it to have the choice? From Bonsoy, rice and almond to coconut, macadamia and lactose free, Mockingbird Café caters for everyone – including the traditional full cream latte lovers. And as for the coffee, those of you who are intimate with the Gold Coast coffee scene will certainly recognise the name Blackboard Coffee Roasters. Sourced direct from farmers, the taste varies with the seasons but is consistently exceptional and at Mockingbird Café, it's made to perfection. But be warned, you'll be ordering a second coffee before you've even ordered brunch, it's that good.
Baby cino heaven - little fingers just couldn't wait. Lots of froth, extra cocoa and TWO marshmellows!
Offering both indoor and alfresco tables, there's always a great spot to people watch or wile away a few hours catching up with friends. So now it's time to settle in and take a look at the extensive menu and chalkboard specials. Mockingbird Café offers locally sourced organic ingredients wherever possible and have a small herb and salad garden at the rear of their block. They're also proud participants in the RSPCA's Choose Wisely program, dedicated to the ethical treatment of animals, and offer a range of vegetarian and vegan options as well.
Whether you choose the sweetness of pancakes or something more exotic like dukkah eggs or a Spanish style claypot breakfast, you won't be disappointed with anything on the menu. Their serving sizes are generous and always seem to include little extras on the side like a rocket salad, a piece of avo, a slice of halumi or a balsamic glaze, taking the taste combinations to another level.
With brunch out of the way, and the whole Sunday still yours to enjoy, let your eyes wander next door to Boardwalk Books, my favourite little find in Kingscliff - I think I'm finally prepared to share it with you. It's everything that a good bookstore should be. The warmth of timber flooring makes it cozy and inviting and you'll be very quickly welcomed by the store owner or one of her exceptional staff members. They are quite literally booknerds just waiting to share their knowledge and you would be wise to ask for advice, whether you're purchasing for yourself or a gift. They proudly boast of reading the books they sell and the shop is full of shelf talkers detailing their thoughts and feelings about their latest reads. And I am testament to the fact that they have an uncanny knack of selecting just the right book. Their kids' section is by far the best I've seen and if you walk out with just one little brown bag, well… you've showed more restraint than me.
There are plenty of options to complete your Kingscliff morning - browse through high-end boutiques, stroll along the beach, or let the kids burn off some energy with a play at the pirate themed Faulks Park.
But wait, I could really do with another coffee. And the lunch and dinner menu at Mockingbird Café looked sensational. Maybe we'll just swing by for round number 2.