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Sultan’s Kitchen, Coorparoo November 2, 2012

Filed under: Casual Eats,Food — Dobsessed @ 3:24 pm
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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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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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