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Kitchen Sanitarium, Brisbane November 2, 2012

Kitchen Sanitarium

145 Eagle Street | Brisbane

There is a plethora of places to eat in Brisbane CBD during the work week, a lot of them really affordable as they compete for your business.  Take away sushi places selling $2 rolls line every street, as do places selling pies, burgers, chips, and your Chicken Katsu.

On a temporary health kick (I’ve now fallen off the wagon but I am to clamber back on come Monday – promise) I was in search for wholesome, healthy food.  A Google search brought up Govinda’s Vegetarian buffet, a couple of Japanese places and Kitchen Sanitarium.

Owned by Sanitarium of Wheatbix Sanitarium, Kitchen Sanitarium sells only vegetarian food with food sourced within 200km and proclaim to be organic and wholesome.

A serious meat/seafood/egg lover, I hold very little trust of vegetarians, but I was willing to give it a go after reading loads of good review.  It was on Eagle Street, Riverside Plaza, a few doors up from Pig and Whistle with lots of outside seating and some seating inside – a bright airy space.

Big menus, service breakfasts and lunch with their main meals like risotto at around $18, curry of the day (eat in $14/takeout $9.90).  Although the 4-bean quesadilla called out to me, I opted for a takeaway salad choosing from around 4 different options (small for $5.90 and a large for $9.90).

I went for the salad of the day, a Greek salad made with tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, roasted capsicum, olives, cucumber and crumbled feta.  It was crisp, light and full of flavour.  With that, I also got a beetroot and puy lentil salad made with chunks of beetroot (tasted like canned), lentils, cranberries and hazelnuts – easily one of the most DELICIOUS salads I’ve ever had. Call me a vegetarian/salad convert.


I got the large box of salad and it defeated me, took me two goes, and 4 hours and I still couldn’t finish it all!  Next time, a small box would suffice for lunch, making it quite a reasonably priced option for lunch.  It was surprisingly filling too, and I was left feeling light and so healthful all day.

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Sultan’s Kitchen, Coorparoo

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Sultan’s Kitchen
380 Cavendish Road | Coorparoo


It was a Monday night, and I just didn’t feel like going home and eating a poached chicken with salad, so through the Entertainment Book I looked, and a 25% discount voucher, I found – for Sultan’s Kitchen.


My favourite Indian restaurant in Brisbane has always been Punjabi Palace, but was willing to try something else locally.


When we went into Sultan’s Kitchen, it was completely empty at 6pm, menus were presented. Curries were priced at around $18.90, rice extra at $1 per person, naan breads around $4 – $5 depending if you want it plain or filled with cheese.


We ordered Lamb Saag Wala (Spinach and lamb curry) and Chicken Mughlai (rich, creamy curry).


We were presented with complimentary popdums which had cumin seeds and were crispy and flavoursome. The food didn’t take much longer and the curries were DELICIOUS. They had the right combination of spices and flavours and none of the lingering oiliness. The basmati rice were fluffy and the spinach and cheese naan, soft (though I missed the crunch of the bottom that I’m used to) and full of flavour.


I wished curries were hotter because I like a bit of kick in my curry, but they were full of subtle flavour with a very mild, mellow heat. Two curries, a naan, and rice for two would’ve been $44.30 but with the discount, came to $33.25. Bargain. I’ll be back.


The restaurant stayed empty with as as the only Monday diners, but they lots of people in and out for their takeaway curries.


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Steamed, Brisbane October 31, 2012


95 Turbot Street | Brisbane

In a relatively less busy part of Brisbane CBD, under the Roma Street underpass on Turbot Street is where Steamed can be found.  With the new addition to the food scene, it seems as if Brisbane may be finally catching up to the dumpling craze that engulfed Sydney and Melbourne a few years ago.

Steamed is TINY…and while there was a communal table and could probably seat 10, it’s definitely more of a takeaway joint.  And don’t expect fancy surroundings, the whole kit is quite casual, plain and tidy.

Steamed sells only three types of dumplings (pork beef and vegetarian) and a pork bun (NOT BBQ pork bun).  All dumplings are priced at $6 for 4 dumplings (they’re happy for you to mix and match) and the pork buns (called pork cloud here) are $3 each. There are various packages, like 8 dumplings for $10 or 3 dumplings and 1 bun for $7 .  I wanted to try each of everything so I bought the 3 dumplings +1 cloud pack .  For a casual takeaway joint, I thought the dumplings were a bit expensive.

Everything was already cooked and sat in bamboo steamers at the counter (so not steamed to order) so service was quick with a tiny self-serve chili oil and vinegar section where you pick up your little card box of dumplings.

I thought all the dumplings were relatively tasty, my favourite being the pork, but none of them were spectacular.  The pastry was nice and thin though.  The Pork bun was puffy and bready, not as light as I would’ve liked and seemed to have an excessive bread to filling ratio, in saying that though, the filling was tasty also…but again, nothing spectacular.

I found the utensils provided extremely difficult to eat with.  Instead of chopsticks, they provided little two-pronged toothpicks and it was pretty much impossible to pierce and eat the dumplings without having to prod it with my finger. Also, the dumplings stuck to the bottom of the box, so by the time I’ve maneuvered the pick into the dumpling, the wrapping have split open with the filling spilling out.

Overall though, while I thought the dumplings were good, with its location and price…I’m not really hanging to go back but would grab some if I was around the area.

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Brisbane Brunch & Breakfast: The Burrow October 23, 2012

The Burrow

37 Mollison Street | West End

The Burrow is in the old spot of the Ottomon (Turkish food) restaurant, a few steps up for the Gunshop Cafe and diagonally across from Three Monkeys. On walking in, it seemed pretty bohemian with Spanish/mexican music playing, long wooden shared tables and also smaller round tables scattered about.  There was an upstairs area, but I didn’t see it.  It was pretty much a seat yourself affair and orders at the counter.

The breakfast menu was awesome.  SO many things I wanted to try like ‘A bit Cheeky’ – beef cheeks with duxelle mushrooms, poached egg on rye toast with a red wine jus ($17) or ‘Little Pig, Little Pig’ – Cider braised pork belly with celeriac puree, fried egg, poached pear and apple jelly ($17).

I wanted to have A bit Cheeky, but it was sold out (excuse for another visit! YAY!) so ended up with my second choice of ‘El Desperado Taco’ – pulled pork in soft totilla, huevos rancheros, salsa, poached egg, sour cream and this awesome-though very hot-green chilli thing.

It was a hot day, so I ordered a soy ice coffee, made on real espresson, and came without cream.  The meals took slightly longer, but wasn’t a ridiculous wait and came on a huge round bread board.  It wasn’t really Huevos Rancheros (which is supposed to be corn tortilla topped with refried beans, guacomole, salsa, chilli and a fried egg) instead, it was like a housemade – tomato beans with chopped salad, salsa, sour cream and the green chili which I took to be avocado, but wasn’t. The pulled pork in the soft corn tortilla was BRILLIANT and absolutely delicious, so I didn’t mind that there weren’t refried or black beans. The poached egg oozed beautifully too…although there had to be some quick manuvering of food on the board so it didn’t ooze all the way onto the table.

Now, I pretty much ate everything, and was so full, and fulfilled I didn’ t even have lunch that day (a RARITY).  This could be my new favourite breakfast venue.  There were also lots of gluten free cakes, vegan cupcakes that looked devine.  I can’t wait to head back next time to see if the other breakfast items measure up.

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Brisbane Brunch and Breakfasts: Ashton and Old

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Ashton & Old

Shop 5, 459 Old Cleveland Road | Camp Hill


I noticed Ashton & Old after driving past it a few times, it’s on Old Cleveland Road, so quite a busy, heavy trafficked street and was keen to try it.


When I walked through the doors, I was pleasantly surprised, the space is bright and airy, quite inviting and at 10:00am in the morning on a Saturday, it had diners, but not heaving like most breakfast brunch places that you’d find in Brisbane – I guess that should’ve been my first clue…but I was all optimistic that day.


We were seated quickly by the bar seating facing the street at the window or issued with menus.  Again, I was excited, the menu was interesting, with items like corn cakes with avocado, blah blah type of leg of ham with poached eggs or salted caramel French toasts with stewed Stanthorpe apples and ice-cream – which is what we ordered.


The coffee came quickly, and it was acceptable and then the food came, and that’s where Ashton & Old let itself down.  The corn fitters were so dry and hard I reckon I could’ve bounced it agains the walls a few times and it would still have been intact.  It looked like it was made from polenta rather than actual corn. It was so dry in fact that you had to take a sip of water every time you wanted to swollow it.  Wait, I thought, we will crack the poached egg, maybe that will help.  The egg was hard poached.  Not even sticky orange yolk….it had been poached for so long it was now a hard boiled egg, worse, the egg yolk had gone completely yellow.  Not impressed.  The tomato salsa was just a few chopped onions and tomatoes, lacked flavour.  The whole breakfast was barely touched.


The French toast were OK, but there was not a lick of ‘salt’ in the salted caramel – not that I could taste anyways, and because of that, lacked a bit of dimention.  It was just sweet, upon sweet, upon sweet, with all the textures sort of melding together too…but it wasn’t BAD, and for a sweet tooth like me, no problems.  I don’t think non-sweet-toothers would’ve enjoyed it much.


The waitress came and asked if I wanted more coffee, to which I said no, then proceeds to take away my friend’s unfinished coffee!


Oh…and the pantry part? Everything was behind the counter (like on a shelft behind the staff) so it wasn’t like they were encouraging you to browse in their pantry.


When we paid, no one asked us how our meal was either.  So I guess we will just provide feedback with our feet and not return.


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Brisbane Brunch and Breakfasts: Cafeine

One of the things I didn’t do much when I was in London was go out for brunch.  I found that Londoners generally started the day a lot later on weekends and some of my friends didn’t want to emerge until after 1 on a Sunday!! By then, it’s too late for me to want to order eggs and beans…so it’s just usually lunch fare.

I’ve been back in Brisbane for about four months now…and I think my weekend brunch ritual has well and truly been reinstated.  Some have been great…some, not so much.  Below is my thoughts on Cafeine.  I’m definitely a fan.


186 Cavendish Road | Coorparoo

It’s small and owned by a waitress that used to work at (overrated) breakfast heavyweight Gunshop Cafe. From the outside, it seems quite small, one table on the inside and two on the outside, you order, pay at the counter and take a seat.  I didn’t realise this the first time I went, but last week I visited, I realised there was a whole other section for seating inside (with aircon!!).

The food here slightly deviates from the usual and it is DELICIOUS.  The first time I went, I had scrambled eggs with mushrooms, tomatoes, feta and pesto.  The eggs were done in a ramekin and soft and fluffy almost like it was souffled and it’s tasty, and full of flavour ($17).

Worth mentioning also is their Mushroom and omelette toastie which is pretty much the above breakfast (sans tomatoes and feta) toasted between two turkish bread and is crisp and delicious (13.50).  Their coffees are fairly good, and their coffee smoothie is childlike yum (nostalgic of camp coffee) ($6).  I live not too far from here, so it’s a no brainer for brunch when I want to go local. Breakfast is served til 2pm also, so a bonus for those who like to have a bit of a sleep in.

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Vintage Kitchen and Closet, Coorparoo August 20, 2012

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I love a breakfast spot that does breakfast til 2pm…allows you to have a nice long sleep in, and you can turn up at 11 or 12 and it’s not heaving with people. I particularly loved the space at the Vintage Kitchen and Closet. The front half of the space is the kitchen, with mismatched furniture from what looked to be the 80s or 90s.  The back has a rack or two of clothing and some bags, shoes and accessories.  There’s also a working Sega video game on that you can play while you wait for a free table or your coffee.

All very cool.

Now, I would say the service is a bit sketchy.  The first time I went, we were seated right away, food and coffee came quickly, although they completely forgot about my side of eggs. The food was awesome though, the three big generous pieces of Turkish toast came with half a fanned out avocado and a small sauce dish of hummous, and a nice wedge of lemon ($11).

The second time I went, we had to wait at the counter for a few minutes while 3 or 4 waiters made eye contact but said nothing before we were finally seated.  The service we got from the young lady (second time we went) definitely had an edge, and we were both left wondering what her problem was. 

The food was again faultless (no pictures this time), coffee, once again was good…but the food took over 40 minutes to arrive. The housemade beans were without the requisite tomato sauce, but was instead fresh, delicious and herby.  The sausauges looked a bit dried out and was unexciting, but the hollandaise sauce was delicious with the poached eggs (one overcooked, and one perfect) sourdough and spinach. 
Despite the sketchy service, the well-priced food more than makes up for it and would continue to get my business just because it’s so close to where I live. Cute little space with Trivial Pursuit and dominoes too.

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