There are times when all you want is a fast, nutritious breakfast, brunch or lunch, without the frills or fuss. For just those moments, Quincys in The Grange has you covered. I recently chowed down on Quincys signature bowl of quinoa, brown rice, fried egg, spinach, avocado, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, feta and dukkah. It was delicious, filling, arrived at my table pronto and at $18, it was great value to boot.
Quincys has become something of a habit since. The brunch menu has all bases covered - eggs, smashed avocado, burgers (bacon and egg; or mushroom and halloumi), and bagels (with smoked salmon, cream cheese, rocket and dill; or bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato).
Wake up and smell the coffee at Quincys. Author image.
The coffee, too, is delectable. Rich, creamy, with caramel undertones and served by baristas who have zero attitude to boot. Looking for something other than caffeine to fuel your day? Perhaps opt for the 'up and at 'em' smoothie with kale, chia seeds, green apple, lemon, maple syrup and almond milk ($10). If it's more a boozy lunch you're after, a full range of beer, wine and spirits are available from 10am.
After the sun goes down, a transformation occurs, as Quincys serves as an after-hours venue. Enter a smashing cocktail menu which shifts according to the season. Will it be Snowflake Kisses, Winter in Kokomo, Becky with the Good Hair, or Strawberry Swing? Personally, I'm hankering for the Lavender Gardens, which features cognac, Tamborine Mountain lavender, house-made rosehip tea syrup and egg. To soak up some of that alcohol, there's a great bar menu featuring cheese platters, charcuterie boards, bruschetta, nachos and more.
The space itself looks effortless, but Quincys was architecturally designed by owner Shawn Godwin of Base Architecture. Quincys draws inspiration from the world-renowned 1930s Los Angeles architect Archibald Quincy Jones (hence the name). So there's lots to like about the venue, but perhaps my favourite bit about Quincys is the atmosphere this unusual space generates. Part rumpus room, part uber-hip hangout, and all concrete floors, exposed brick and comfortable seating, you'll simply want to settle in and stay.