After a few years off the scene, 2012 was a big year for Paul Mathis, opening Coffeehead, Firechief and several ventures in the South Wharf development. Goldilocks, can be found up a stone cobbled alleyway behind Firechief and offers the kind of cheery, all-round cafe experience the area has clearly been lacking.
As you would expect from the name, breakfast is the main focus of the menu and a hearty serving of porridge makes a prominent appearance. There’s also asparagus eggs – grilled spears served with golden scrambled eggs and pecorino curls. The pulled pork brekkie is stunning to the eye and taste, with the pork fashioned into a disc and served with fried eggs and a herb chilli sauce.
If breakfast is not your scene, there’s also a range of lunch options, including a variety of wraps, pides and toasties, as well as more substantial fare like the crumbed pork cutlet with a crispy cabbage salad. There are also cakes and slices on offer, not to mention croissants the size of your head.
The standard tea and coffee options are available, but if your day has just been a bit too much to handle and you need something stronger, there are a few ‘daytime cocktails’ to take the edge off. Marmalade martini, anyone?
Goldilocks has been heartily embraced by the local mums and bubs set, and the bright colours and murals that lace the fit-out suggest that this was always the intention. So if boisterous children put your teeth on edge, this may not be your cup of tea. But it’s clearly ticking boxes for a lot of people, so it’s worth testing wether it will tick yours.