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Published March 9th 2017
A Slice of Country Comes to Kedron
Welcome to the Farmhouse
The Farmhouse Café is located on the site of the former Farmer Joe's fruit shop in Kedron, which during the 1980s, was something of a Brisbane institution for families looking to source fresh produce. Today, the Farmhouse, which opened in March 2017 pays homage to its former resident (by keeping the sentiment of its name) while creating an urban, country, cafe with modern cuisine.
Owners John and Amanda Scott have had a strong and successful presence in the Brisbane hospitality scene having established much-loved sites including Gerties and the Continental Café in New Farm, Café Conti in Wilston and Milk Café in Windsor and Ashgrove. They bring their vast experience and enthusiasm to this new venture.
A welcoming hello
Where to sit with so many choices The first thing I notice on entering the Farmhouse are the 2 timber carts at the entrance growing an assortment of fresh herbs including purple basil, thyme, rosemary and chives.
Guests are spoilt for choice with 3 seating areas: one inside the shop itself and close to the counter, along with 2 outdoor areas. The covered front deck is framed by a hedge of mock orange plants and houses bench seating, stylish in vogue copper chairs and classic, wooden tables. A teak tree stump has been carefully carved to seat 5 and is the perfect resting and conversation space.
A side seating area, which continues with a rustic feel has polished concrete floor and tables which seat parties from 2 to 8 guests. With a strong focus on local, a large black wall gives lots of information about where the Cafe's products originate from. The mushrooms are sourced from Mt Cotton, the wooden boards and stools are from Cedar Creek and the milk is provided by the Australian dairy co-op. Great support for Australian businesses.
A fresh and modern menu The Farmhouse menu is sophisticated, modern and fresh focusing on breakfast and lunch offerings. My guest and I sampled the Pan Ricotta Hotcakes with rhubarb, fresh berries, vanilla crème fraiche, ginger and orange syrup ($16.00) and they were amazing- sweet, subtle and satisfying. They were the perfect autumn breakfast to enjoy with our cappuccinos ($3.90) served on a Merlo's Farmhouse specialty blend which were creamy and made with care.
With contented tummies we vowed to return for lunch and have already made our choice – the Middle Eastern Turmeric roasted cauliflower, smoked eggplant, white bean skaiodalia, rocket pommegranite, tahini and Turkish bread ($18.00) and to sample a super smoothie. Week day specials, mostly priced at $16.00, are also available along with a fresh food cabinet with salads, sandwiches, cakes and sweets.
The food is certainly outstanding and the friendly, personalised service sets a high standard. The staff stopped for a chat (particularly with pooch) and made us feel comfortable and very welcome.
What else The Farmhouse has a dedicated customer carpark as well as street parking which makes for access easy. Unlike many cafes which close early in the afternoon, its pleasing to see that The Farmhouse serves coffee until 4:30. With a local school close by this will surely please tired parents and hungry kids after finishing the school pick up. As a new kid on the cafe block, The Farmhouse is a great way to enjoy a piece of the country without leaving the city.