Close your eyes and inhale deeply. I want you to cast your mind back to the best birthday you’ve ever had. Feel that buzzing feeling and those unique vibes that only come with waking up to an entire day dedicated to celebrating the birth of you. Everyone’s going to make a fuss about you, because today is your day.
Now, feel those sad feels you get at the end of the day when you realise that in the morning, everything’s back to normal. No one will go out of their way to make sure your day is radiating with positivity. The only person who cares about the presentation and quality of your food is you, and, if you’re lucky, your Instagram followers. No one cares if you got everything you wanted and more.
Depressing, right? But what if I told you the party never has to end, and that you could have all these good jujus that make up the morning of your birthday on any weekend of the year in the form of a breakfast?
Unfortunately, I had no spirit guide to lead me in approaching my 22nd birthday celebrations last month. I swear that prior to the fateful Sunday I ashamedly hit up The Boundary and consumed every calorie possible (in hindsight it was inevitable; a combination of free fairy floss, popcorn and cheap booze is just begging for a carb-baby), I had every intention of conforming to the idea of a chilled party with a few friends, self-control and dignity.
Something went wrong* along the way, and I became convinced that it was a great idea to continue the party into a month-long bender of chocolate-covered malt balls from the Uni lolly shop that I only wish I could forget. Alas, just as I’m sure the guy behind the counter vividly remembers my shame as I purchased almost 1kg of confectionery and proceeded to consume most of it under a bridge, so does MyFitnessPal. *This is arguable
So, if your birthday is around the corner and you’re searching for a healthier way to celebrate–without denying yourself of that divine Coles bakery mud cake, of course–or if you just want to be treated like royalty after a long working week (I think I’ve covered everyone now), let me be the spirit that guides you with a gift that keeps on giving.
I thought about this long and hard. I really wanted to give you something that would put a smile on your face for the entire day; it had to be sentimental, invaluable and something that you could cherish forever.
Alright, I can’t keep it in any longer…
SURPRISE! IT’S YOUR NEW, FAVOURITE, REGULAR BREAKFAST LOCATION!
Wipe that look of ungrateful disappointment from your face. Trust me, this is just what you never asked for but something you always needed, and you’ll be thanking me later.
Venturing out to discover a great new place to eat can be very rewarding, but we all know that breakfast is dubbed ‘the most important meal of the day’ for a reason. It gives you the fuel you need in order to function, and I don’t know about you, but the most creative function my brain can perform around this time of the day is managing my Weet-Bix and boiling the kettle so that they are ready at about the same time.
Sometimes life is just made easier when you have a reliable breakfast regular. So, your majesties and birthday celebrators, without further ado, I present The Cardamom Pod on Broadbeach.
On Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30am through 11:30am, this majestic hidey-hole opens its doors to deliver breakfast foods that resemble artwork and service that is fit for a King or a Queen, all on a pawn’s budget.
Whether you’ve a plant-based palette or will eat whatever is in front of you, you can look forward to an exquisite experience at this refreshing establishment; but although carnivores and herbivores alike are catered for on this menu, it is the latter that is really in for royal treatment.
Having committed to a 9-year stint of pescetarianism, I am very familiar with that feeling of disappointment when you finally spot that golden tofu nugget of joy, a “(V)” next to a menu item, only to be insulted with an uncreative margarita pizza or mushroom risotto.
One of the things I really admire about The Cardamom Pod is that all of the options on their menu are either vegan or vegetarian – so don’t sweat it if an avo smash isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other options for you.
Including these waffles:
Options for meat-eaters are followed with a ‘can be made non-vegan/vegetarian’ tagline.
Remember that feeling we spoke about earlier about everyone making a fuss about you? Don’t lie, my animal-loving pal. You feel pretty spesh already, don’t you?
But wait, there’s more.
Over the last couple of weeks, Hole In The Wall has covered a few restaurants with the specs that make up for an awesome birthday. Andrew was literally presented with a meal that had been gift-wrapped; Guils was whisked away to a surprise dinner. But, trust me, this one really takes the raw vegan cake.
You know how sometimes people take photos of their food at a restaurant for Instagram and you wonder if its incredibly flawless presentation was just a fluke from a bored chef with lot of time on their hands?
Well, I’ve given The Cardamom Pod the best out of three opportunities to prove that their intricately crafted dishes aren’t just flukes. And every time I’ve visited, I’ve legitimately gasped out ‘wow’.
Last time I visited, I actually asked the waitress if they hired artists instead of chefs. She might have laughed, but it was a serious question that still remains unanswered.
I’ve tried items such as the acai bowl (which I spent more time admiring its beauty than I did actually eating it) as well as the fritters on sourdough, opting for tofu and avo instead of haloumi.
I feel like both items can be overlooked as unadventurous and safe, as they are basically a staple on nearly every menu now. But, they were both as unique as they were delicious and totally satisfying at The Cardamom Pod.
I would especially recommend the fritters. Not only could I have eaten the accompanying relish straight out of a jar, but the meal kept my belly totally nourished until dinnertime. Not bad for a brekky averaging about $15, if you ask me, a uni student on a tight budget (hence spending my own birthday at The Boundary Hotel on a Sunday).
In summary, whether you’re celebrating a birthday, a glorious and sunny day on the Gold Coast, or life in general, The Cardamom Pod is a great place to make your weekend breakfast staple.
The food is tasty, wholesome and beautifully presented. The staff are vibrant and helpful, and they really do go above and beyond for their customers. In fact, I’m convinced they would actually roll out a red carpet for you if you asked nicely (maybe phone ahead just to confirm that one and avoid disappointment).
Breakfast at The Cardamom Pod is great way to ensure a spring in your step for the rest of the day, followed by a week of withdrawals as you gaze lovingly at the photos of your edible art.
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