When it comes to eating out in Paddington and Red Hill, choosing somewhere to go can be a little daunting – you are totally spoiled for choice. Once you have been to Sassafras, however, the difficulty won't be choosing which place to go to; it will be trying to force yourself to eat anywhere else.
Set in a small Queenslander cottage, there is something incredibly cosy and comforting about eating at Sassafras – both in the food and the setting. They place a strong emphasis on fresh and organic produce, using organic chicken, ham and beef mince, free range eggs, and organic, fair trade coffee. So, not only can you leave with a contented tummy, you can also leave with a contented conscience.
In the summer, one of Sassafras's great drawcards is their outdoor courtyard – there is nothing nicer than sitting in the sun with the weekend newspapers spread out before you while you sip on a sassi lassi (mango, banana, strawberry blended with yoghurt, honey and ice) and wait for Brisbane's best eggs Benedict or a delicious BLT to be delivered to you. Be warned, they don't always take bookings on the weekends, so finding a table can take some of your best stalking skills; you will need your eagle eye on for spotting people just about to leave.
You can also hire the courtyard out for parties, where Sassafras will cook the barbie and clean it up after you – all you need is booze, your own music, more than 30 friends and an excuse. Speaking from experience, there is something quite special about dancing to Madonna in the middle of a room where in just a few hours people will be eating their breakfast.