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Brisbane Brunch and Breakfasts: Cafeine October 23, 2012

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.

Cafeine

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

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

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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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Bistrot Bistro & Bar | Logan Road | Woolloongabba June 27, 2010

Filed under: breakfast/Brunch,Casual Eats,Fine Dining,Food,Food review — Dobsessed @ 1:48 pm
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One of my favourite meals are breakfasts…although, I must say I like going out fine dining too, so I guess I can’t really say that. To be honest, there isn’t a meal of the day I don’t like.

Anyways, still fresh from week 2 of my 21-Day Wonder Diet, my friend and I decided to go for a nice, long morning walk. Both of us have already had breakfast but after over an hour of walking and chats, we decided to stop at Bistrot Bistro & Bar for break.

I really liked the decor, it looks Parisian with pendant lighting, exposed brick walls and beautiful booths and timber floors. The service was very attentive (too much so), we were asked if we were ready to order three times in two minutes.

I don’t want to be overly negative, but our food came before our coffees (which we’d ordered first). Not much for adaptation, I thought the food was seriously overpriced. They had no gluten free bread (and no other alternatives) so I ended up paying $10 for 2 poached eggs, and ordered a side of house made beans with ham hock for an additional $7,

The eggs were poached beautifully, the yolks a vibrant orange, but that’s where the good ended. The beans were very sour with the tomatoes, and undercooked, so very hard, salty (with the ham hock) and unappetizing.

My friend had also ordered poached eggs, and her toast came grilled but she said you could taste the grill – and not in a good way. Neither of us was particularly wowed by the boring, unimaginative, overpriced food.

Our coffees were weak, lukewarm and insipid.

Oh yeah, one other criticism, the whole menu was written in jargon. Eg. Nduju $5 – that was apparently a Japanese style salami. Kessler $5 is actually just bacon…couldn’t they have just had that on the menu? Or am I just not ‘refined’ enough for Bistrot Bistro? Probably…which is why I probably won’t go back either. At least not for Brunch.