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Published January 10th 2014
Refuel your morning
Waking up on Saturday and heading up for some caffeinated indulgence and a good breakfast is something I'm sure not only I value, but many others too.
It's become a weekend ritual of sorts to start the day with a breakfast outing, but after hitting up most of the locals cafes and breaky spots in the Woolloongabba/East Brisbane area it was time to venture slightly further afield to keep things fresh.
Because I'm fairly bleary eyed, slightly dazed and very lazy on a Saturday morning, this was actually a big deal to travel out of my immediate 5 kilometre radius to find caffeine – especially since there are already plenty of other good caffeine places nearby. (Moose & Gibson, Egg Bistro, Paw Paw Cafe, and The Baker's Arms to name a few)
I'm glad I did though since Gas Espresso fit the bill perfectly for a fuss free and vibrant place to kickstart the weekend, without the pretence of some of the breakfast spots closer to the city.
It also helps that the coffee here is good. And by that I mean brilliant.
They are obviously confident in their brew since they proudly declare their credentials with the acrylic lettering stamped on the cafe's astro-turf exterior. This boldly promises a 'Gourmet, Boutique, Specialty, Coffee Experience.'
They are big words, but when it comes to their coffee, the Gas Espresso team know how to deliver the goods.
The coffee here is something to behold.
Brewing a range of fair trade blends, the coffee is brewed, presented and poured to perfection. And you can be pretty confident of some latte art courtesy of the talented barista team here, who also happen to be very friendly.
My vanilla latte was served in a generous sized cup, not in one of those pint sized glasses lattes often come in which offer about two sips. The temperature was just right, the vanilla flavour subtle but definitely present, and with just the right amount of froth.
Waiting for our food gave us plenty to look at. The black, brown and yellow colour scheme of Gas Espresso, packs in a lot of detail per square metre, despite being a relatively small space.
Another Brisbane cafe that with an impressive and unique interior
With timber wall feature panelling, old school dangling light bulbs, framed dressing-room mirrors, decorative iron sewing tables plus many other eclectic items, the converted retail space is a bustling and inviting place to sit and soak up the surroundings.
And the food? I really can't say anything bad about it. Especially considering the very reasonable prices, although I couldn't help but feel that a bit more imagination and creativity could have gone into the flavours.
While all the ingredients in my smoked salmon, avocado and scrambled egg on rye ($14.50) were fresh and good quality, there was a lack of seasoning or sauce which would have better tied the different elements of the dish together. At the very least something simple like a sauce, dressing or even a tomato chutney would have enhanced the flavour and the entire dish ten fold.
The quality of the ingredients were good but flavours a little bland
I'm sure there are some other delicious offerings on the menu though, and I did see the team serving up delicious looking sandwiches, breakfast bagels and sourdough paninis but it's definitely the coffee that sets this place apart.
Overall, it was a very successful breakfast adventure and it's safe to say that if I I lived in the area this would be my takeaway coffee place of choice. Its canteen style window opening which overlooks the street, coupled with the in your face exterior turf covered wall make this one of the most eye catching and unique cafe entrances I've seen in Brisbane, and a VERY powerful piece of marketing.
The exterior does not go unnoticed
I'm definitely glad the marketing power worked on me otherwise it's likely I would never have discovered or remembered to one day return to this charming breakfast spot.
If you take your coffee seriously like I do, Gas Espresso demands you make the pit stop and fill up here today.
It's obvious the friendly staff take their duty of keeping southside residents happy and caffeinated very seriously, all while delivering the best coffee I've had for ages.
It's definitely my idea of a good service station, where the fuel comes in coffee form.