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Published November 15th 2013
Reap the rewards - no scythe required
Casual rustic style seating is a feature. Image courtesy Harvest HQ.
There are pockets of Brisbane's CBD that aren't well-served by eateries and, up until recently, Cathedral Square was one of them. That was until Harvest HQ, a rustic-style café boasting distinctly autumnal decor, threw open its doors in late October 2013.
Director Ric La Spina says his goal with Harvest HQ was to bring back the sandwich bar and so he works hard to source gourmet breads and fresh tasty fillings for the CBD crowd. 'I'd noticed it can be really hard to get a freshly-made sandwich in Brisbane,' he adds.
Which is not to say that sandwiches are the only items on the menu. Salads are a big drawcard - think Harvest HQ's quinoa and superfood salad; the Cyprus village salad (a peasant-style Greek salad based on a Cypriot friend's recipe); and a roasted beetroot and sweet potato salad with feta and walnuts. Home-cooked dishes such as pasta bakes, lasagne, quiches and spinach and ricotta rolls are also popular with Harvest HQ's growing customer base.
Salmon salad is a top seller. Image courtesy Harvest HQ.
For early birds, there are both light and hearty breakfasts - home-made bircher muesli, all butter croissants, eggs benedict with ham or avocado and brekky muffins, wraps and frittata. Great coffee, too, of course. And the food is all accompanied by a generous sprinkling of daily newspapers and up-to-the-minute magazines for those who wish to dine in companionable silence.
The urban rustic atmosphere also adds to the experience. Outdoor furniture using 100 per cent recycled timber is supplied by Bare Nature Furniture, a small Australian family owned and operated business based on the Far North Coast of New South Wales. Indoor furniture is supplied by the equally appealing Lucinda Rose.
The good news for those with special dietary needs is that gluten-free bread is available and most cakes are also gluten-free. Ric says: 'That can be important to a lot of people ... everyone's enjoying the food.'