Ever taken tea in a toilet? Outside your own home, I mean. Brisbane City Hall's hidden gem, the Commix Espresso Cafe in the downstairs Rest Room, gives you this unique opportunity. And the rest rooms are of the highest standard.
Through some of the war years the Red Cross used it to bring comfort to the troops passing through Brisbane. During the renovation of City Hall, messages posted by Australian soldiers on the walls of the urinal were uncovered. These messages have been heritage listed. The ghost which allegedly haunts City Hall is said to be that of an American soldier stabbed to death in those self same rest rooms in a fight over a woman. On the other hand, the ghost is supposed to be female. Who knows?
After three years of closure during City Hall's restoration period, the Red Cross Tea rooms have reopened as Commix Espresso, a practical experience for the students of the Red Cross College.
Fresh is the keyword, and frozen is a dirty word. John is hoping to extend the menu as the popularity of the restaurant increases. At present pancakes are a new breakfast option, and there is a milkshake maker on order. Look out for special offers.
My husband enjoyed his signature meal of fish and chips with salad for $10.50 and I indulged in a roast tomato, capsicum and feta quiche with salad at $10. He said his cappuccino was the best he had had in a long while, high praise from this coffee afficianado. My "why bother" latte - skinny, half strength, decaf - was also of a high quality. He did not take much convincing to return for afternoon tea. This time I enjoyed a Turkish Delight Tea - black tea infused with rose petals. Different!
In respect for our aging waistlines, our lemon curd tart was cut "exactly in half" by an obliging staff member. If I had asked them to bring it to the table singing "Oranges and Lemons" or "Lemon Tree very Pretty", I'm sure they would have gone the extra mile, such is the good-humoured nature of this crew.
By purchasing even a coffee at Commix Espresso, you are contributing to the welfare of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community through the Red Cross. For great value for money, you simply cannot bypass Commix Espresso when you are next in the CBD. It opens from Monday to Friday at 7am for breakfast, and closes at 3pm. A lift enables folk who cannot negotiate stairs to access this CBD hidden delight.