Student who has just moved to Brisbane from abroad. Always looking for great local experiences, particularly food-related ones!
Published May 22nd 2015
Bored of the usual breakfast options? Look no further
Goodness Gracious! After visiting one of Graceville's more recently opened cafés, I couldn't help but think how fitting its name is, in a good way. Locals have taken to this place very quickly; although it was quiet when we arrived mid-way through Saturday morning, by the time we left it was almost full.
The staff were charming and efficient, with menus and water arriving pretty much as soon as we sat down. The cafe is quite small but has plenty of tables and big windows letting in lots of natural light and giving a pleasant view of Graceville whilst keeping out the traffic noise from Oxley Road. It also has a nice outdoor area, catering for those who want to bring along their canine companions.
Looking at the enticing menu their healthy, hearty ethos is clear and I was glad to see some original offerings in addition to the old favourites of avo on sourdough and bacon and eggs. My companion ordered Eggs and Braised Shallots whilst I was tempted by the herbed eggs. Despite helpfully being warned by our waitress that this was a completely cold dish, I went for it anyway, in addition to a large flat white. They are proud of their coffee here and it was very good, if nothing special.
Unfortunately the efficiency of the serving team was not quite matched by the kitchen: it took about half an hour for our dishes to come out. When they finally arrived they looked very pretty- all that time seemed to have been worth it. The eggs and braised shallots came with black onion puree, baby kale and potato gratin, and an extra side of halloumi we ordered.
We couldn't work out what the shallots had been braised it but they were delicious and the eggs were perfectly poached. The potato gratin made the meal a little more substantial and brought the elements together well.
The cold dish, while visually impressive, didn't wow us taste-wise. The boiled herbed eggs came with a large piece of mustard seed broccoli, boiled eggs, creamy burrata and parsnip crisps which were all ok, but the sweet caramelised onion peperanata was the show-stopper.
Unfortunately the plate was just a little too crowded for us- fewer complications and more of the delicious peperanata would have been better, and we couldn't help but think the whole thing would have been nicer warmed up! Although it is an interesting thing to try, I think most people would prefer a warm cooked breakfast. The portion sizes were just right and pretty good value- both dishes were $20: if you are looking for a new and interesting take on breakfast you should definitely check out this café.
When we paid we noticed some delicious-looking treats on the counter, including chocolate cookies and a range of cakes: in hindsight ordering one of these whilst we waited for our meal might have been a good idea.
They change their menu quite regularly here so I'll be back to try some of the other breakfast dishes before they disappear- the table next to us we digging into some tempting-looking waffles with strawberries. They also have some intriguing lunch items, including Pulled Pork Jaffle and Nishimi Pumpkin so a lunch stop with the whole family is also on the cards!