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Published October 10th 2013
A hug from the Baker's Arms
I fell in love today. With a spelt and millet Anzac biscuit. I've also passed my affections onto three types of chocolate brownie, a gluten free lemon blondie and a spelt caramel crumble slice. Oh alright jam drop, I love you too. These are just some of the delectable treats you'll find at the Baker's Arms in the Gabba. And no, I didn't eat them all, just the Anzac biscuit (I had to be content with gazing longingly at the others….).
The Baker's Arms is a specialty bakehouse at 29 Logan Road, Wooloongabba. The biggest draw for me, besides the fact that the word 'bake' in the name clearly suggests baked goods (I'm an easy sell), was the fact that they make a lot of their goodies with spelt. For those of you not in the know, spelt is an ancient grain. A great substitute for flour, it's a god send for people like me who are sensitive to wheat but not gluten intolerant. 'What about us?' I hear you gluten free eaters cry – have no fear, your needs are also well catered for. So well catered for you may find it hard to decide which tummy friendly goodie wins a one way trip to your digestive system. Spoilt for choice doesn't even begin to cover it.
With a menu that changes daily, the Baker's Arms is a baked goods lover's heaven. Jam drops the size of your fist with a pool of ruby red jam nestled in the centre, rustic homemade pies and sausage rolls and tasty vegetarian options including delectable looking salads and plump quinoa patties. And not a mung bean or tofu cube in sight. It's food for the intolerant and sensitive souls among us who are often faced with one or two gluten free options that are too often not worth the calorific expenditure. Along with a range of non-gluten and non-spelt options, it's unlikely anyone in your party will leave feeling left out.
And if the food doesn't make you happy, the surroundings, well brewed coffee and friendly and attentive staff certainly will. The high ceilings and exposed brick keep it wonderfully cool inside and although I imagine it's packed to the gills on the weekends, there's plenty of room for all. Service is quick and friendly, the coffee perfectly brewed and piping hot. I couldn't find anything to fault it. So get yourselves into the Baker's Arms for a cuddle soon, it's baked affection you'll want to go back for again and again.