Located on the outside lane of the busy Wynnum Road, I drove straight past Lash Cafe for months after it opened in November 2011. A friend proposed meeting there for coffee recently and I can share that it is well worth stopping for.
With wooden floors and black and white French Baroque styling, the atmosphere feels airy and indulgent. However, with prices between $5-$15, it is great value.
The boutique cafe has an extensive range of gluten free foods on their breakfast and lunch menu. They source from local Brisbane suppliers. The Blue Sky coffee is excellent and and the treats from Butterfly Delights are fit for a Queen (literally - they supplied HRH Queen Elizabeth II when she visited QPAC). Next time I go to Lash Cafe, I want to try the high tea ($25 or $30 for gluten free) with homemade slices and gourmet sandwich fingers.
With a selection of beautiful jewellery, jars of biscotti and delicate glassware on display, it's the sort of place I usually avoid at all costs with a boisterous toddler. However, Lash is surprisingly child friendly. There is a room at the back opening onto a decked area with a lovely selection of toys. Options on the menu for children include boiled egg and soldiers and mini crepes.
So why not stop next time you're passing? Busy commuters can also text in advance and pick up their order to go.
I went here recently after wanting to pop in for a long time. Unfortunately I was really really disappointed. I am pretty easy pleased but the menu was Very boring the service was shocking and the food was overpriced and below average ($10 for some old looking mashed avocado on stale bread with 1 lettuce leaf and 1 cherry tomato. Did i mention that i waited an hour?? We were told to sit out on the street as there was no room for our pram and the front door was closed so we felt completely forgotten. There are so many nices places to eat and drink and in my view they need to do more than just look nice. I won't be back. I really wanted to like this place but it was awful.
I pop in quite a bit and I have always found the food, coffee and service fantastic! The owner is just lovely and always appreciates feedback positive or negative. It is a small business that relies on our community to support it, and we are lucky to have them within walking distance from our house. I love to order their delicious scones and the cream has always been double! Also I'm sure if you asked the friendly staff if they had dressing for a salad it would of appeared straight away. Some people actually take offense if you put it on for them. It's very easy to knock a business online and people seem to feel its their right but I think they should at least try it a few times before they pass such critical judgement . This family has gone to a lot of trouble , and expense to create a beautiful friendly environment that is child friendly and reasonably affordable. A lot of effort goes on behind the scenes of a small business I should know I owned a tea house for seven years. So maybe as they have only been open a short while you should cut them some slack and give them another go and yes it would be polite to book if your planning on having high tea as a lot of preparation goes into them. They have created a beautiful haven for people of all ages to meet and I am grateful they are there. Ali, Norman Park
Dropped in here recently after a session with a southside friend at the nearby gym, as you do, and can completely concur Jane! It is an absolutely delightful spot. The pear and ginger muffin I had was melt-in-your-mouth gorgeously yummy, and fresh! And the whole atmosphere of this cafe is tasteful and classy. I live on the northside and it is well worth the trip and the traffic over the bridge.
On the strength of peoples comments, my sister and I went ther last Sunday with the idea of taking a group of our friends there for a High Tea in the future.
They need 24 hours notice for the High Tea (which is fair enough)
My sister had Chai Latte and baked Camembert and I had a Bolands soft drink and a pastie.
The chai latte was lovely as she had the choice of tea leaves or syrup, but the drink was only small. The baked Camembert was lovely. When it was served, she asked for a lemon lime and bitters as she had finished the latte,
My drink is an American drink I love which is in a small bottle, but it was silly to serve it with a HUGE glass as it just made it look silly.
My pastie I was served was over cooked, flat and not very tasty. It had obviously been microwaved to heat it as the outside was soft and the inside was red hot. It was served with a salad of a few lettice leave, 2 cherry tomatoes and a few onion rings. No dressing and with the dry pastie, not very nice.
We had nearly finished eating when we were told that "they didnt have any bitters", (it had been so long since she ordered it, she had forgotten all about it) so my sister declined to order another drink as we were nearly finished.
I had also ordered Tea, scone and double cream to follow as I really wasnt full.
The tea was lovely, the scone was large enough to cut into 4 quarters and nice and light, but the "double cream ??" I am sure it was canned cream and certainly not "double cream". When you get a scone and get a little bowl of jam and cream, you tend to then have to work a mathimatical equation top make sure you dont use all the jam or cream up before you have finished the scone. The fact that it was "canned cream"meant that the cream "deflated" as I used it and I could only put a little bit on each quarter of the scone.
Also, the floor boards were shakey, so EVERY time the staff walked to and from the kitched, our table shook a little,
It cost $44, and I am sure if I had gone to somehere else, I would have had a better experience.
It might have been a bad day for them, but I wont be back to find out.