A UQ student whose favourite method of procrastination is getting out of the house and enjoying what Brisbane has to offer.
Published April 7th 2014
Where dessert for breakfast is encouraged
New Farm's The Moray Café has been given a new look and new flavour thanks to new owners, brother and sister team Stefanie and Dylan. Since taking over the Moray Street cafe in September last year, they have refurbished, tweaked the menu and sourced local produce to make an already popular eatery even more of a New Farm favourite.
Dylan is the cookery whizz of the two and has recently been joined in the kitchen by French chef Jeremie, who will be adding European flavour to The Moray Café cuisine. Slightly more local additions to the bistro include beer on tap from Burleigh Brewing and coffee from Brisbane's Wolff Coffee Roasters.
Trying out The Moray Cafe for an early Sunday breakfast I originally had every intention of tucking into one of the café's healthy breakfast options (which include paleo, gluten free and vegan dishes) and a fresh fruit juice. Despite how good the less indulgent dishes sounded, however, I couldn't resist the new baked French toast with sweet vanilla mascarpone cheese and faced with a creative list of milkshakes an ice-cream sandwich milkshake somehow found its way onto the breakfast order as well. What can I say, my sweet tooth rules me at times. My partner managed to resist a milkshake but ordered on of the café's signature dishes; potato hash cakes with relish and sour cream.
Both meals were amazing and had us licking our lips but the star of the morning was the shake, which turned out to be an Oreo cookie and ice-cream concoction. Sticking my fingers into the glass to scoop up the last drops was a difficult temptation to resist. The rest of the milkshake menu also looked mighty tempting and further sampling is definitely on the cards. Meanwhile, my baked French toast was scrumptious, almost like having dessert for breakfast, and the hash cakes, with their soft, steaming insides and crunchy crust topped with a flavourful relish, demonstrated perfectly why they were a customer favourite.
The café setting was as delightful as our meals, with gorgeous shady fig trees providing a relaxing atmosphere outside on the sidewalk while inside has a cosy French bistro feel. The café is small and intimate, ensuring personal service (and necessitating bookings on busy nights!). Plus, the all day breakfast menu means sleep-ins are catered for!
A sneak peak at the dinner menu convinced us that we would have to return for an evening meal in the future and with their chicken parma (voted Brisbane's best) only $15 on cheap Tuesday, along with the rest of the menu, budget is no obstacle!
You can keep up to date with The Moray Cafe on their Facebook page.