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The advertising flag swinging in the breeze on the street front of Merthyr Road and outside Ginger and Rose Cafe says "Dog-Friendly" so pooch and I get the feeling that will be the right place for us. Ginger and Rose is one of the newest cafes in the always pleasing inner city suburb of New Farm at the Powerhouse end of the area.
While located in James Street, it is located at the New Farm Park end of this iconic foodie-centric street and offers a more laid back experience in one of Brisbane's leading corridor of eateries.
We visited on a Saturday morning and here's what we found.
The Venue Apart from the sign, finding Ginger and Rose was fairly simple with its granite and white exterior and its option for indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor area has a fresh, scandi look with faux brick wallpaper, VJs and panelling, sweet, open shelves and large panelled windows facing out to the passing Merthyr Road streetscape.
Pup and I sat in the fully covered courtyard at the side of the cafe which had lots of light and some surprising, visual points of interest.
Doggos are entitled to a free doggychino with every coffee purchase by their pawrents - so everyone is happy. If you can't bring a dog along yourself, a black ceramic hound lounges on the floor beside a cooling water feature. No-one misses out.
Checking out the Menu Ginger and Rose has just released a new menu with breakfast and lunch offerings. I enjoyed a mixed berry muffin with a side of yoghurt and a chai latte. (Oh, did I mention that Spectacled Bear is the coffee of choice at Ginger and Rose).
If you have the time and hunger for something more substantial, standouts on the menu are:
Vegan Vegie Burger $17
Carnivore Brekkie $18.50
Roast Pumpkin and Zucchini Curry
If you're having a party, its handy to know that they also do platters from $65-$120.
Also look out for the Chia Pudding Smoothie Cups. Nice
Every Thursday Ginger and Rose hosts a mummy meet up with 10% off your bill and some colouring books for the kids. Emergency service workers are also entitled to a discount. Parking is available in Merthyr Road and James Street and buses swing by the shop frequently. Ginger and Rose is open 5 days (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).