Review: Bumbles Cafe, Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast, Australia)

This quaint little cafe nestled in the middle of a residential neighbourhood was the perfect place to have a quiet lunch with my husband. Although it took a bit of walking to get to (under the scorching afternoon sun, no less), we were rewarded with a nice view of the river that ran parallel to the road the cafe was on.

Street view of Bumbles Cafe

The place was moderately packed when we arrived around 1pm (they close at 4pm). There was a gathering in one of the private rooms, possibly a birthday. Eventually we managed to find a seat in a snug corner of the room.

I really liked the ambience of the cafe, despite the largely white-coloured interior and the seemingly haphazard way they arranged the photos and frames on the walls. The cafe exuded a familiar, inviting, homey vibe, pretty much like walking into a friend’s house that you’ve been to for the hundredth time.

Indoor seating area at Bumbles Cafe

Cakes and other desserts on display next to the counter at Bumbles Cafe

After looking at the menu, my husband was overjoyed at the prospect of a milkshake, so needless to say, that’s what he ordered for himself. I got myself a well-deserved cold-pressed juice to quench my thirst from all that walking. We also ordered a miso salmon with soba noodles and a side of seared beef to share.

The food was quite decent! We both enjoyed the salmon dish. The well-flavoured salmon was soft inside with a bit of charring on the outside, while the soba noodles added a firm but light texture to the bite. However, we were divided on our appraisal of the seared beef dish. My husband said it tasted too gamey for his liking, which was interesting because he’s usually the one with the higher threshold for gamey meat. I, on the other hand, was okay with it. I would’ve preferred some sauce to go with it (I ended up mopping up the leftover mayo from the salmon dish with the beef) but the first few bites of simple salt and beef flavours were sufficiently enjoyable.

Miso salmon with soba noodles, seared beef, milkshake and cold-pressed juice at Bumbles Cafe

Last but not least, I thought the staff here were very friendly and pleasant. They made us feel welcome and we didn’t have to wait very long to receive service. When we got our receipt after payment, they even wrote a “thank you” on it, which was a really nice gesture.

Our receipt with a "thank you" note from the staff at Bumbles Cafe

My overall rating of the experience: 4 out of 5 stars. What I really liked about this cafe was its cosyness. The cottage-like spaces, together with the quirky decor and cushions, made it warm and inviting. Also, the food was yummy and reasonably priced, and the service was good. I wanted to try a cake or two but we were quite full after finishing what we had already ordered, such a pity! Other than the slight inaccessibility of the cafe by public transport, I remember my experience here to be a comforting and relaxing one, like chicken noodle soup on a cold day.

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