Student who has just moved to Brisbane from abroad. Always looking for great local experiences, particularly food-related ones!
Published June 16th 2015
Food just like home but better
I'm in two minds writing this review because quite simply, I'm greatly enjoying Abode's status as one of Brisbane's best kept secrets. Modestly tucked away in a quiet, residential part of Taringa, its location gives nothing away about the quality of food inside or, perhaps, just makes it even more impressive. From the friendly staff for whom nothing is too much trouble, to the open kitchen and, of course, the original and down-to-earth food, eating in Abode feels like being in a good friend's home.
Considering the quality of the food, the fairly low number of patrons is surprising, but always being able to find a table is part of the appeal of this place. When I recently visited, the weather was unkind and so we opted to sit inside, but on Brisbane's better days, there is nothing better than sampling their menu in the sun-dappled courtyard. Inside there is a choice of small tables for two or larger communal tables, contributing to the hospitable atmosphere.
Now, onto the main event—the food. The menu is fairly short, with 'The Regulars' including avocado on sourdough toast or their spiced savoury mince on sourdough, and the seasonally changing 'In the Mix' items. During our visit, we opted for 'Nanna's Eggs' and their special of the day which was four types of mushroom with a fried egg and goat's cheese, also on the ubiquitous sourdough. We didn't feel like coffee on this morning, but on previous visits their local Black Sheep Coffee has never disappointed. Instead we opted for the juice of the day; beetroot, apple and ginger, and a strawberry milkshake. In a testament to the service here, they didn't have any of the juice already made, but went out of their way to specially blend a glass. Although a vivid shape of purple, the fresh-tasting ginger luckily hid most of the beetroot flavour, making the juice a perfect wakeup call.
The food didn't take long to arrive, but in the meantime, their relaxing music, the beautiful mountain landscape on the wall and the selection of daily newspapers kept us occupied, as did our appreciation of their work in the open kitchen. When the meals arrived, both were perfectly portioned. The mushrooms on toast didn't fall into the trap of being too buttery as many do, but instead was simultaneously light and filling. It was well complemented by the creamy goat's cheese and the perfectly cooked oozing yolk's egg.
The daily special: mushrooms, goat's cheese and fried egg on sourdough
'Nanna's Eggs' came in the form of scrambled eggs mixed with bacon, onion and roasted tomatoes on sourdough, and was similarly well executed. The salty bacon bits livened the dish up and the eggs were perfectly formed—just the right side of set. All components of the food here are homemade and if you are still tempted after a meal, they also sell a range of their own sweet and savoury jams and cakes- this time we picked up Rosella.