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Rafter & Rose

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by Claudia Bianchi (subscribe)
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Published June 3rd 2015
Rafter & Rose will keep you coming back for more


Rafter & Rose is truly as the French say 'tres magnifique'!

Ellenborough Street in Ipswich is now home to one of the most charming cafés in Brisbane. French antique gates open into a laneway lined with vintage lamps, rustic pallet tables, and super cute flower pots.

If the laneway didn't already give you a sweet tooth it will on the Weekend. The laneway scene is complete with street musician on Saturdays, and on most Sundays you will find Renee on the cello and Clair on the her violin.



A paper scroll on the wall inside offers an all-day breakfast menu that amongst the usual café offerings includes French toast, Granola with yogurt and berries, and a Big Breaky Stack.

As I stepped up to place my order, I found it difficult to choose from the menu, as at the counter you are presented with an array of decadent cakes, sweet and savoury tarts and French pastries.



What to do with so many choices? I opted for the salmon and eggs with avocado dressing and took home some pastries to try later.

Don't judge me, they looked amazing, and why should anyone have to choose between breaky and dessert? (This right here is why take away bags were invented)



Thanks to my uncompromising ways I can vouch for their lemon curd tarts, gluten free brownies and their lemon & poppy seed croissants. I think the brownies were my favourite but I can't be sure so it seems that I will have to go back for more.



They serve Uncle Joes Golden Bead Award Winning coffee. Uncle Joes is deliberately slow roasted to keep the oils inside the bean allowing it time to develop an enzyme you need to digest coffee properly. Another reason to enjoy Uncle Joes is that is slow to release caffeine so you don't suffer the low as it leaves your system.



Rafter & Rose is the brain child of Candy Gazdagh & Elle Morar. This Aunt and Niece duo are clearly as passionate about food as they are people. This is as evident in their customer service as it is in their food. They use all locally grown, organic or pesticide free produce and sell medicinal grade honey and homemade jams.



You can follow Rafter & Rose on Facebook and on Instagram. A word to the wise, both those pages will of course make you salivate, don't say I didn't warn you.

A visit to Rafter & Rose should be on every café lovers to do list.
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Why? For the love of Coffee and all things delicious
When: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri 6:30-2:00 Sat, Sun 7:00-12:00 Closed Tuesdays
Phone: 0401 073 644
Where: 1/17 Ellenborough street, Ipswich, QLD
Cost: $5 to $20
Your Comment
How pretty is the laneway with wall lanterns?
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4067) 1471 days ago
Very interesting info about Uncle Joe's coffee. I will look out for it.

'why should anyone have to choose between breaky and dessert?' - I like your thinking Claudia.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4067) 1471 days ago
The cakes and deserts look homemade. Huge plus for me. Thanks for the heads up.
by schal (score: 2|155) 1471 days ago
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