Seek and you shall find Currumbin’s hidden caffeine haven The Galleon 4223
Every suburb has its hidden local gems and The Galleon 4223 is undoubtedly one of Currumbin’s. Nestled in between a general store and a hairdresser, the neighbourhood cafe is the kind of place where you’re greeted by name and coffee order. Having only been open for a couple of months, the nautical-themed coffee slinger has established itself as a firm favourite for locals, which is pretty fitting since its mantra is ‘for the locals, by the locals’.
When the long-time fish and chippery on Galleon Way announced it was vacating, Frank Urizar and the wider Currumbin community who also frequented the casual eatery shed a collective tear. After experiencing first-hand the tight-knit village vibe Currumbin is known for, Frank, who not only lives in the area but is also an award-winning chef, decided it was an opportunity to bring something a little different to the suburban strip. Rather than stepping into the previous owner’s footprint of fish and chips, which would have undoubtedly been the easier option, Frank dug deep into his Chilean heritage and landed on cafe fare with a South American twist – think breakfast burritos, spicy chorizo omelette and Spanish-style steak sandwich, which is sided with his signature Pebre salsa to give it a little extra zing. Every dish that emerges from The Galleon’s kitchen has been crafted from the plate up – a testament to Frank’s impressive resume, which includes a stint in food styling as well as owning and operating a successful cafe in Sydney’s North Rocks.
If you ask him, Frank freely admits he is a people pleaser. While some may view that with negativity, Frank sees it as a positive. You see, he loves the connection you can forge with someone by cooking for them – a philosophy that underpins the vast menu at The Galleon 4223. He loves watching customer’s eyes light up when they get a glimpse of the karaage chicken burger, which is loaded with delightfully crisp chicken, house slaw, smashed avo and slathered with chipotle, followed by the ear-to-ear smile that ultimately ensues. That’s his reason for doing what he does, to spread happiness by way of food. The Galleon 4223 offers a handful of tables inside but it’s also not uncommon for locals to linger in the carpark and have a chat as they sip their morning coffee. Speaking of, the coffee is by Byron Bay Coffee Company. For those who prefer their outings after dark, The Galleon 4223 has just extended into evening trade on Friday and Saturday nights.
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