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As well as having a mean surfing break, Moffat Beach has been known as home to one of the hippest, coolest, attitude aplenty Surfside cafes on the Sunshine Coast. The name you ask? The Pocket Espresso Bar.
The Pocket Team believe it is "our unique little piece of paradise where you can escape, rejuvenate & fix almost everything." Praise for The Pocket has been growing over several years and it was the recipient of the Sunshine Coast Business Award for Food and Beverage in 2016.
In 2018, when locals heard they were closing the doors of the sweet picket-fenced uber cool cafe, there was a heavy sigh but any sadness or disappointment quickly lifted when news spread that it was undergoing a transformation and reopening, bigger and better than ever.
Would the new, version of itself live it up the high standard that this famed cafe had already created? I went along on a Saturday afternoon to see for myself. Here's what I found.
About The Pocket Espresso Bar The Pocket is one of four cafes situated on a narrow cafe strip in Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach owned by former graphic designer Esther Bundellu and her husband Scott. The new Pocket commenced business in late 2018 (right next door in what was a former newsagency), offering a much larger space with same massive street presence. It has the same welcoming funky feel for those who have stepped off the sand and need some caffeine, through to families and older folk, who just want to enjoy the space by the sea.
Regulars will recognise the same familiar faces of owners Esther and the team. When we arrived, we needed to squeeze past the queue of salty surfers, energetic kids and patient dogs waiting on the footpath and faux grass for their takeaway coffees, in order to step inside and hope to find a table.
The style and look is eclectic and industrial with a moody black background with white, gold and pink contrasts. There are two dining spaces and we made our way through the single corridor to the back of the shop.
The rear of the cafe has an open, garden courtyard, with tables shaded by black and white striped umbrellas with added privacy from a high wooden fence. A lush garden finished the look. This was for us.
The Pocket boasts table service with breakfast from 6am to 11am, lunch from 11am til 2:30pm and evening from 4:30pm.
The menu is relaxed with light. tasty options, featuring free-range meats and locally sourced products. As we visited in the afternoon, the menu contained a range of share platters and mains. I had the seafood tacos (3 per serve) with a zingy punch of chilli. It was flavoursome and delicious.
Other tempting options are the lemongrass chicken bowl, the beef burger and that Thai fried chicken. For drinks, we sampled the Guru life coffee, also a specialty of Team Pocket.
Apart from enjoying the array of food and beverages, get a team together and get along to Thursday trivia nights and test your knowledge. Also, listen out for times when some cool tunes being spun.
The Pocket lives up to its reputation. It is easily accessible with street parking and a dedicated free public car park beside the beach entrance. It is indeed an uber cool, coastal eatery and marks everything off the checklist: Close to the water. Tick. Awesome coffee. Tick. Ultra modern design. Tick. So, The Pocket is one to add to your list of must-try spots when next on the Sunshine Coast.