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Published September 29th 2014
Meals without trickery and food from responsible origins
On a lady-date with a good friend, she suggested that we stroll up West End's Montague Road to a brunch spot she had heard was the new place to be. After a beautiful walk among the industrial streets, we arrived at the pared back warehouse-style building. On entering, I was pleasantly surprised by the minimal decor, counter service and friendly staff serving the crowds.
With a focus on celebrating locally grown food and the regional farmers who produce it, the menu is seasonal and full of fresh foods. I never choose the sweet option but Sourdough French Toast with Strawberry Sauce and Passionfruit really took my fancy. This was simply the best french toast I've ever had. Sweet and tart with real strawberry chunks in the sauce and the bread was crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy on the inside. My brunch date had Chorizo, Corn Bread, Salsa and Poached Egg from which I stole a few bites and the chorizo was spicy against the sweet corn and soft poached egg. The corn bread had that fabulous grittiness which reminds me of my trip to America some years ago. Top marks for this dish as well and we scoffed our food down in no time - so fast that I didn't get a great picture of mine before it was all gone!
Chorizo, Corn Bread, Salsa and Poached Egg - Photo by Kath Chown
To finish the meal, we shared a salted caramel milkshake which was made with Lick! icecream made in Cooper Plains and Maleny milk. You can buy both these products in store which means you can head home and make your own. Plenty stocks a range of grocery items including the milk, cheese and breads they use in their menus. On reading Plenty's Facebook Page, they state their plans for the future of the cafe:
We will build a kitchen for demonstrations and participation. A pantry for pickling and preserving. A butcher's bench, a smokehouse, a drying room. An apiary on the roof. Perhaps a cheese cave underneath the old hardwood floors.
This is exciting news for those who love the idea of stepping away from purchasing groceries from the big stores and would prefer to buy local. It's also a coup for West End as the urban environment becomes more community minded and local-centric. For those who want to shop ethically and knowing the source of the food they put in their bodies, this is the type of business that we'll soon see in many suburbs across the city.
'Plenty' is all Kath says and more. My daughter and I recently visited and she encountered an old friend. Very convivial atmosphere, excellent wait staff and glorious food. I also had Chorizo, Corn Bread, Salsa and Poached Egg and for dessert a wondrous meringue concoction. 10 out of 10 for me.