The Backyard Café
The Backyard Café with its Mexican-inspired Backyard Cantina is the new incarnation of the Gold Coast institution formerly known as The Yard Café, located on Lavarack Rd a block from the beach.
The cafe is brought to you by the same team behind Gold Coast favourites including Broadbeach’s Hideaway Kitchen and Bar and Burleigh’s Nightjar and Mr Hizola’s.
The street-front café space called ‘The Brunch Club’ offers curb-side bar stool seating and rustic bench-style seating inside and serves Toby’s Estate coffee, offering Ethiopia, Woolloo Mooloo and Egyptian Peppermint blends for caffeine connoisseurs. There are fresh savory and sweet treats on offer in the café cabinet, including Bene Croissants, Haloumi Avo Bigies and Beef Brisket Toasties. The breakfast/brunch menu offers traditional favourites – just eggs, pancakes, bacon and egg rolls, the backyard avo smash, bruchetta, eggs benny and a heathy fix – as well as a clever kids breakie options. Brunch favourites include gluten-free grilled salmon, vegan friendly green and açaí bowls, granola and burrito bowls, burgers, chips and salad.
Beyond the Backyard Café’s unassuming coral-coloured street frontage and white picket fence gives way to a sprawling Mexican inspired beer-garden and cantina complete with giant lawn games, festoon lights and plenty of picnic tables.
Venture beyond the café out back to the Cantina and Marlin Garden Bar aptly named for the big blue Marlin mural adorning the backyard wall. The cantina menu offers Tex-Mex favourites on weekends including nachos, enchiladas, quesadillas and tacos with churros for dessert. There are muchos cervazas on offer with half a dozen tap beers, along with bottles, cans and buckets. You may prefer to choose a vino from the selection of staple labels or one of the many classic cocktails, with the margarita the obvious favourite.
The Backyard Café will also cater for your function with delightful platters!
And before you leave, don't forget to take the stairs from the café to check out the cool collection of retro second-hand clothing on sale.
Come and say hola and enjoyed this chilled and casual space.
By Michaela Lyons
The Backyard Café
17 Lavarack Rd
0481 769 369