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Vintage Kitchen and Closet, Coorparoo August 20, 2012

Filed under: breakfast/Brunch,Casual Eats — Dobsessed @ 2:55 pm
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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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The Gallery Soho, Coorparoo

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dobsessed @ 2:36 pm
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Back in Brisbane, and back into the breakfast scene…something that I didn’t really indulge in when I was in London…but something I just can’t seem to live without back here.

Last weekend, I decided to visit the Gallery Soho, in Coorparoo after driving past it numerous times.  It always looked inviting with green cushions with bench time seating with a wide window into the standing room only (orders only) interior.

The menu was extensive with the usual fare of eggs, toasts, sandwiches and burgers.

Having recently had brilliant avocado toasts at the Vintage Kitchen and Closet – across the road from the Gallery (post to come) I decided to order the same, cheaper than Vintage Kitchen and Closet at $8.50.  I also ordered an ice coffee (counter service).

Coffee was nothing remarkable…but arrived quickly.  Food also arrived quickly.  Excitement soon turned to disappointment when I was presented with buttered Turkish toast with anemic avocados, sans wedge of lemon.  I prodded the avocado a few times, and yep, definitely, they were so un-ripe as to be melon like. Completely inedible.  I ended up just eating the buttered toast, can’t say I’ve every paid that much for plain toast before. They do poached eggs, but I didn’t try any…but was told that they do their scrambled eggs in the microwave.

Other order of marinated steak sandwich ($12) looked apetizing enough, but again, same anaemic avocados were used and hardly any steak. 

I desperately wanted someone to ask me how my food was, but no service was forthcoming…and I won’t be forthcoming here anymore either.

The Gallery Soho | 07 3397 0020 | Shop 11, 342 Old Cleveland Road, Coorparoo
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