I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
Sometimes it's nice to find a spot for coffee which is a bit off the beaten track. These little coffee shops are often the domain of locals who love to keep their favourite haunt a secret from the rest of us. Not far from Old Cleveland Road, hidden in the leafy back blocks of Coorparoo, I was fortunate enough to drive past a coffee shop-cum-restaurant by the name of Ave Cucina and Coffee Bar. Having an hour to fill in without kids in tow, I decided to stop in for a coffee.
The shop is located on Eva Street just off Chatsworth Road. It's windows open out onto the footpath giving the cafe a lovely airy feel. There were not a lot of cakes on display, unlike the usual coffee shop offerings, however the jaffa loaf I chose was homemade and topped with a delectable chocolate sauce which offset the citrus flavours nicely, especially as it was served warmed.
As well as being open for coffee, this business offers great breakfast and lunch offerings every day of the week except Monday. They are also open for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. The dinner menu looks interesting, serving plates of food designed to share, allowing customers to try a bit of everything. The prices are reasonable considering they are enough to serve two, ranging from $6.50 to $14 for starters and $14 to $26 for mains. On the mains menu are pastas (with gluten free pasta available on request), mixed skewers and spicy pork and fennel sausage coils which are made in house. Personally I can't wait to come back and try the Italian profiteroles with chocolate and vanilla bean custard, or perhaps the Lebanese biscuits and semolina slice with rosewater syrup.
The atmosphere was comfortable and friendly, with the furnishings providing a warmth and homeliness which made me want to stay for a second coffee. Parking is on the street or in a small carpark tucked in beside the cafe. There is a no split bills policy and a fifteen dollar minimum for Eftpos - rats - had to stay for that second coffee!
To find out more, visit Ave Cucina's Facebook Page or call 31615937 to book your next birthday brunch.
I don't know if I would necessarily agree that this is a hidden gem, this is the coffee shop/restaurant of My Kitchen Rules Season One winners, Veronica & Shadi Abraham. I agree with everything else in your post though and I'm happy you've found it :)