Located in the James St Market precinct in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley, Campos are renowned for their coffee, slightly alternate menu and stylish décor. This cafe is an extremely popular weekday and weekend hang out, especially on Sundays when it is not uncommon to see people happily waiting for a table at brunch time. To sum it up, Campos is the sort of place you take a café connoisseur if you want to impress them or if you just feel like treating yourself.
On this particular Saturday morning I was having breakfast with a friend from the Gold Coast. Like myself, my friend is a massive breakfast fan. Feeling the pressure to deliver on the best meal of the day I decided to take her to Campos. We arrived about 8:30am and the café was nearly three quarters full but we were able to get one of the last tables inside. Upon being seated we immediately were asked if we wanted a coffee while we looked over the menu and we both opted for a skinny flat white ($3.50).
One of the main reasons I love Campos is that they change their menu every month. Having just ticked over to May, the menu was starting to reflect the change in weather with the addition of a few heart-warming options. There are several staple items on the menu that never change such as the Macadamia Muesli with Greek yoghurt and rosewater berries and Campos's version of the big breakfast, the 'Campos Fry-Up' which are both delicious. I am usually very indecisive with ordering but this time I was immediately drawn to the Coffee Porridge with orange and vanilla cream and toasted hazelnuts ($12). As I am currently going through a porridge phase and absolutely love coffee this seemed like the perfect choice. My friend had a similar experience; she saw the Pumpkin Pancakes with toasted pecans and with vanilla ricotta and maple syrup ($17.50) and was sold. Other items that sounded amazing included the Baked Eggs with red onion, haloumi, capsicum, olives and rocket ($16.50) and the Croissant French Toast with caramel apples, vanilla mascarpone and sweet nut dukkah ($17.50).
After a few minutes our coffees arrived. They were the perfect temperature and were very well made. Only another 10-15 minutes later our food had arrived at the table. The presentation of both breakfasts was exceptional, particularly the plating of the pancakes. The coffee porridge was delicious but completely not what I expected. The coffee taste was quite subtle and in my opinion had a stronger maple syrup/cinnamon/honey type flavour which I loved. The toasted hazelnuts were a genius addition, giving a nice textural change to the meal. The pancakes were highly enjoyed by my friend. Lucky for me she gave me a taste and they were nice and moist and pretty much melted in your mouth without being sickly sweet. Once again, the toasted pecans were a great addition.
Campos is a great café to enjoy a coffee, morning tea, breakfast or lunch. The staff are extremely efficient and attentive and the baristas are among the best in the country. Prices are more than reasonable especially when considering portion size and quality. I will definitely be returning sooner, rather than later.