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Published February 24th 2013
Calling all addicts
We all know that caffeine is addictive, right? But it's more than coffee that has me hooked at a café in Coorparoo that goes by the same name (different spelling). For me, it's the friendly, fast service, and tasty food.
Cafeine is open seven days for breakfast and lunch, from 6am until 4pm weekdays, closing at 2pm on weekends. Located at shop 3/4, 186-188 Cavendish Road, near Coorparoo Primary, it's a popular haunt for young mothers as it's kid friendly; and the café enjoys a regular clientele.
Owner, Alanna Keegan, has recently received the green light to open a wine bar at Cafeine, which in turn means a more extensive menu and longer trading hours. Read on to find out about the 'Discover our dark side' grand opening events which are happening in March.
Inside the cafe, the décor is simple yet stylish. Behind the unique corrugated aluminium service counter is a red feature wall displaying books for sale (mainly cookbooks). The café is split across two levels with an upstairs area that seats groups, a sunken downstairs area with a large window that looks out to street level, and a bench table out front for those who prefer to eat outdoors. Bright red tables are teamed with a variety of seating options, including black chairs and cushioned ottomans. The walls come alive with brightly coloured posters advertising upcoming events in Brisbane, and there are loads of flyers and street press to keep you in the loop with Brisbane's art and culture scene.
Breakfast is available until 2pm and the current menu features dishes like hot cakes layered with crispy bacon and maple syrup ($13.50), mushroom and fetta omelette with pesto tomatoes and Turkish toast ($15.50) and natural Greek yoghurt with raspberries and blueberries drizzled with Honey ($8).
The lunch menu offers homemade soup served with Turkish toast ($8.50), homemade dips with Turkish bread ($8.50), roast vegetable stack served with olives and spinach ($12.50), vegetable frittata with spinach and olive tapenade ($13.50), chicken, roast vegetable and spinach salad ($14.50), chips with aioli ($6.50).
If you're feeling thirsty, you can order a smoothie - available in berry, banana, coffee, chocolate and mocha flavours ($6), kid size smoothies ($3), juices, herbal teas and coffees. Grab a muffin and small coffee for $6. There are also carafes of chilled water for table service.
If you haven't got time to eat in, there are also take-away options that are equally delicious. Select from two varieties of pasta — bacon, baby spinach, fetta and sundried tomato bow-tie pasta; and tuna, aioli, dill, lemon rind, spinach and capers bow-tie pasta; along with four varieties of Turkish bread with assorted fillings.
To satisfy your sugar cravings there is a selection of indulgent petite-four style sweets, including big juicy cubes of fragrant Turkish Delight, along with healthier options like fresh fruit salad to tempt you.
Phone 3847 7433 to reserve your place at the grand opening of the wine bar on Thursday 7 March or Friday 8 March, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. For $35 per person you receive champagne or boutique beer on arrival and a selection of share plates from the new menu. Bookings are essential because there is limited space.
Next time you're in the area, drop in for a bite to eat… you won't be disappointed. Heads up, the bacon, baby spinach, fetta and sundried tomato bow-tie pasta is a personal favourite.