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Gusto on the Beach, Curl Curl – Rating: 19/25

Gusto on the Beach

Gusto on the Beach

Gusto on the Beach is mere metres aware from the sand of South Curl Curl Beach.  With such a stunning aspect, it was no surprise to be greeted by an ordering line at least ten people deep.  Luckily there is no shortage of tables inside and out and I’m happy to report that thanks to speedy service, the line moved quickly.  Considering how many people I saw served this morning, it’s also a credit to Gusto that our food arrived within about fifteen minutes.  And even though they’re operating under what could be perceived as stressful conditions, the staff were friendly and handled their duties well.

Flat white

Flat white

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

Our two cups of Gusto coffee ($3.90) were a breath of fresh air.  They don’t play it safe with this blend; it’s punchy with strong and rich tones, I loved it!

Mixed berry smoothie

Mixed berry smoothie

There are a few smoothies (kids $5, regular $8) available at Gusto including .  I ordered the mixed berry in kids size and even though there wasn’t much fresh fruit, this was a reasonable smoothie with good consistency.

Bacon & egg roll

Bacon & egg roll

Served on a very soft and light wholemeal roll, the bacon & egg roll ($9.50) comes with the usual suspects including lots of bacon but also fresh tomato, aioli, rocket and BBQ sauce.  I added cheese ($1)  and avocado ($2) to mine.  My egg was cooked to the point where it kept its consistency and didn’t erupt as soon as I squeezed the buns together.  I would have preferred the cheese to have been melted and for Gusto to have been more generous with the rocket and avocado…

Smashed avocado

Smashed avocado

My guest certainly couldn’t have had that complaint!  The smashed avocado ($14) came loaded with avocado.  It was seasoned well and had a decent amount of lemon thrown into the mix.  The goats cheese and tomato on top mixed well and it was all served on a thick slice of hearty rye toast.  The bacon on the side was ordered crispy and that’s exactly how it arrived.

Interior

Interior

It’s quite a brief menu so I can cover most of the other items here.  Other items you can order are ham & cheese toastie ($8.50)muesli with berries (choice of organic natural or toasted muesli with milk and yoghurt or acai, $12) and mushrooms & avo (white sourdough toast with field mushrooms, avocado, rocket and goats cheese ($16).

If you’re after breakfast with a view, this is a recommended café!  It’s a casual spot, dogs are welcome outside and it can get quite noisy because of the large crowd and the relatively high number of children (compared to many other cafés I review).  So while you cannot sit back and browse a newspaper in peace for hours, there are plenty of reasons why you’d drop in for breakfast!

Taste: StarStar
PresentationStarStarStar
Service: StarStarStarStar
Atmosphere: StarStarStar
Value: StarStarStarStarStar

Overall Rating: 18.5/25

Website:  http://gustocoffee.com.au/our-gusto-cafe and https://www.facebook.com/gustoonthebeach
Address: South Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, Curl Curl

Payment Options: Credit card, EFTPOS, cash

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