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The Pocket Burleigh

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by Viva Hyde (subscribe)
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Published June 24th 2015
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For those in favour of a good felafel, The Pocket Burleigh is about as close to food heaven as you can get this side of the Middle East. Located on buzzing Connor St just across from one of the Coast's best-known beaches, The Pocket serves up fresh, wholesome Israeli-inspired fare.

Make sure you bring an appetite, as the pockets for which this popular eatery are named feature pillows of soft pita bread, generously stuffed with the filling of your choice and all the extras – including hummus, tabouli, tomato and capsicum salsa, zesty pickles, Mediterranean relish and creamy tahini or aioli.
The Pocket's specialty felafel, cooked fresh to order from chickpeas, parsley, coriander and a blend of spices, rightly steal the show. We opted for ours on a plate ($14). Perfect for sharing, the felafel plate had all ingredients arranged open plan and pita bread on the side.

The Pocket Burleigh, mediterranean, restaurant, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, felafel, dine in, takeaway
Felafel plates from The Pocket Burleigh are perfect for sharing

Wanting takeaway for the beach? The large mezze plate ($33.50) makes for delicious communal eating, with its wide selection of homemade dips, felafel balls, salads and pickles, marinated and roasted vegetables and, of course, plenty of pita bread.
While vegetarians are spoilt for choice, there is plenty to sate all tastes on the extensive menu. We recommend the tender and very flavoursome turmeric chicken skewers ($14.50), grilled fresh to order and served in a pocket with the works. So good are these, my visiting friend insisted we return to The Pocket no less than three times during her recent four-day stay.

The Pocket Burleigh, mediterranean, restaurant, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, felafel, dine in, takeaway
Turmeric chicken skewers are grilled fresh and served with salads in pita

The breakfast menu is mouth-watering too, featuring the Israeli specialty of shakshuka ($14.50), a delicious concoction of baked eggs in a Tunisian spiced tomato sauce, served piping hot straight from the oven with tahini and pita on the side. We sampled the crispy fried eggs pocket, a very hearty start to the day with free range eggs, sautéed corned beef, lettuce, tomato, cheese and homemade aioli. Kids aren't forgotten either, with a pared down menu still focused on fresh flavour but without all the spice. We liked the mini chicken schnitzel pocket, filled with juicy chicken breast coated in felafel crumb and topped with cheese ($7.50).

The Pocket Burleigh, mediterranean, restaurant, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, felafel, dine in, takeaway
The Pocket Burleigh's breakfast menu includes crispy fried eggs pocket

With plenty of return business, The Pocket has established itself as a standout among Burleigh's thriving beachside eats strip since its opening in late 2012. The business is owned by four friends, Marco and Annique Goldenberg and David and Michelle Dvash. David and Michelle also own Byron Bay Green Effect, a spray-free farm supplying produce for the restaurant, as well as for sale to the public.

The Pocket Burleigh, mediterranean, restaurant, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, felafel, dine in, takeaway
The Pocket Burleigh is just across from one of the Coast's favourite beaches

The Pocket's bright, warm interior exudes a casual vibe to match its quick service and no-nonsense approach to nourishment. Seating at The Pocket is both al fresco and indoors, with sidewalk tables popular by day and a cosy area at the rear of the restaurant to enjoy your meal when the sun is not out. Open everyday, 10 am to 8:30 pm, dine-in or takeaway. Reservations recommended for groups of six or more.

The Pocket Burleigh, mediterranean, restaurant, Burleigh HEads, Gold Coast, felafel, dine in, takeaway
The Pocket Burleigh is open seven days a week for dine-in or takeaway
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Why? Best felafel on the Gold Coast
When: Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 8:30 pm
Phone: (07) 5520 7770
Where: 13 Connor St, Burleigh Heads, QLD, 4220
Cost: pockets from $9
Your Comment
I like the name of the cafe.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11543) 883 days ago
They look sooo good. I love falafel pockets. My fave's are Yami's at Brunswick Heads, and the one in Byron - I think it's called Orgazmo or something similar. So delish.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1129) 884 days ago
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