Student who has just moved to Brisbane from abroad. Always looking for great local experiences, particularly food-related ones!
Published July 1st 2015
Think Paddington's cafes can't get any better? Think again
Paddington is definitely not short of great cafes and restaurants, but it seems new ones still keep popping up all the time. One of the latest additions to the scene is Chapter IV, which labels itself as a café, tapas bar and restaurant. We visited for breakfast one weekday morning to try out its café incarnation.
Chapter IV sits in a spacious old Queenslander on Latrobe Terrace; we chose to sit on the back terrace where you can take in spectacular sweeping views of Brisbane and surroundings whilst enjoying your breakfast. They also have a children's play area- creating a café which is definitely for all the family! Surprisingly, given the quality of the food, we were the only patrons there for our visit but at the weekends I'm sure it get busier.
The menu includes all the standard Brisbane café fare, but also some more interesting items which we were keen to try. Drinks-wise we went for coffee and hot chocolate ($4.50), both of which were very good quality- enough to warrant a second helping of each. We particularly appreciated the generous helping of marshmallows which came with the hot chocolate!
Truffle Roasted Field mushroom with rocket, Danish feta and vine-roasted cherry tomatoes on sour dough
There were plenty of tempting sweet offerings including Maple Waffle with Nutella, fresh berries, ice cream and hazelnut crunch ($16), but in the end we went for the equally appealing savoury items. Truffle Roasted Field mushroom with rocket, Danish feta and vine-roasted cherry tomatoes on sour dough ($16), with an additional poached egg ($3) was generously portioned and expertly cooked. All the individual components complemented the star of the show: the mushroom, which was tender, meaty and full of flavour.
This dish seemed difficult to top but the sweet potato and zucchini fritters managed it ($16). Once again it was a fairly large portion but the fritters were light and perfectly balanced with a sharp salad dressing. Similarly, the Perfect Fry Up was well thought out and technically well executed. A fried egg topped sautéed maple cured bacon, caramelised onion, cherry tomatoes, field mushrooms and baby spinach, and served alongside toasted sourdough. The only disappointment came from the butter, still it its packet: this dish deserved better. But it was a minor fault in a consistent set of meals.
We left extremely satisfied but unfortunately too full to try out the appetising array of house-baked sweet treats beckoning from the glass cabinet. I'll definitely be bringing all my friends here to try out the other dishes on their menu, particularly the evening tapas selection which looks well worth another trip for. Hopefully this café will stay quiet but I can see that its combination of original, delicious food at very reasonable prices means that it won't be long before it is colonised by the discerning foodies of the area, so get in quick!