New shops are opening all the time at Toowong Village as a result of the major refurbishment it is undergoing and one of the latest additions is Gerbino's Pasticceria and Cafe. At the moment it is virtually on its own surrounded by vacant sites so the surrounds are a little less than appealing. However, this promises to change as it is in an ideal location near the entrance to the train station and opposite cult favourite Zombster. Rumour has it that new stores, including a mystery restaurant and gyoza store, will be opening in the current construction zones.
In spite of the current lack of ambience, which is not Gerbino's fault, we decided to try the coffee. I favour decaf (I know I'm in the minority) while my partner likes the full strength stuff. Talking to the barista it is clear that Gerbino's takes its coffee, even it's decaf, very seriously and this showed in the beautiful creamy rich coffee we both enjoyed.
In addition to coffee, Gerbino's has a range of cakes and treats including gluten free items which are all baked at Gerbino's Ashgrove. There was an extensive range in the display case of small portioned items both sweet and savoury such as citrus tarts, creme brûlée, tira misu and pizzetti as well as Christmas items such as panettone (which I hear goes well with mango and mascarpone or even gelato), gingerbread houses, fruit cakes, fig and orange rings and their signature poggio biscuits.
The service was friendly and prompt with staff experienced at working in one of Gerbino's other cafes at QUT, Gardens Point. This is one to try now before the rush and one to return to when Toowong Village has finished its renovations. For all the latest news see here