The bunnies' Gold Coast weekend

A few weeks ago, the other travel bunnie and I made a visit to the Gold Coast just to chill and get away from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Of course - a good weekend can’t be complete without good food.

Hellenika on Urbanspoon

So on our first night we went to Hellenika, a hip Greek restaurant nestled between a couple of small shops in Nobbys Beach.  Hellenika has been on my to-eat list for a while now.  In fact, I was going to take the other travel bunnie there for his birthday last year but due to some unforeseen stormy weather, we never made it there.

Luckily for us, we booked the 1kg baked junee lamb ($45) in advance.  The lamb is their house specialty and it runs out quickly as limited numbers are available daily. I would’ve been devastated if we had missed out on that dish because the tenderness of the lamb is beyond description.  And yes, the fresh Greek salad ($14) provided a good balance to the meal.  Before the lamb was presented to us, we shared a few mezedes, chargrilled southern calamari ($23) and salty pork belly w leeks ($18).  The pork belly tasted heavenly with the crackling being crispy yet the meat being flavoursome and extremely soft.

We felt so content after the lamb that even the thought of having dessert would be an overkill. That plus the cool Greek wine and beer together with an in house mocktail had already pushed us past the point of being overly full.

As if the food and drinks weren’t good enough, the friendly and considerate service from our waitress definitely put a cherry on our dining experience at Hellenika.

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $125.

Lake Café
Lake Cafe on Urbanspoon

The next morning when we woke up, despite having had a scrumptious meal the night before, our stomachs were sending signals to our brains saying that it was breakfast o’clock.

Mum suggested that she would like to take us to one of her favourite spots, so we took her recommendation and ended up at the Lake Café at Varsity Lakes.  As soon as we parked, I was immediately taken by the stunning views of the surrounding lake and greenery.

We found ourselves a nice table in the café’s al fresco area before a smiling waitress with a strong American accent came over and took our order.

Breakfast was delicious, especially my corn & zucchini fritter stack served with crisp bacon, tomato and pumpkin relish ($14.90).  The bacon was crispy just the way I like it and as for the relish mixed with the fritters... YUM!  Although the other travel bunnie reckons that his baked beans on toasted sourdough bread, crisp bacon, poached egg and chipolatas ($14.90) was slightly lacking in flavour, it was nonetheless a satisfying dish for him.  And as for mum’s dish, open omelette with tomato, ham, mushrooms, spinach & cheese ($14.90), the Lake Café is one of her favourite places for breakfast, so needless to say that she was a happy customer.  I thought that the servings were generous for the price.  And although the service could definitely improve, I wouldn’t mind going back there again even though it is a little out of the way.

Total Bunnie Dollars Spent: $50. 

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