I am a web designer, web developer, writer & mama to 3 delicious kids, currently living in inner city Brisbane.
Published March 6th 2014
Being a Paddington local, I get asked often what my favourite cafe or restaurant is in my neighbourhood. Big call...it's a big call....but I always, ALWAYS, end up coming back to Sassafras. Walking through the shopfront on Latrobe Terrace, you are visually impressed by the large collection of healthy, lovingly made and beautifully displayed food. Salads, pies, quiches, patties, sandwiches, oh my goodness yum. You could lunch here every day for weeks and still not get through the vast array of different food on offer.
It doesn't seem to matter how busy this cafe gets, the staff are always attentive and friendly. Nothing is really too much to ask. Inside seating consists of an eclectic range of tables and chairs that look like they have been scoured from the local op shops or discovered on the side of the road. Kind of where retro meets whimsical. Upon entering the rear courtyard, you could be forgiven for thinking you had just stepped into someone's back yard, if it wasn't for the obvious cafe proportions of outdoor seating.
Recently we sat outside as I had a stroller and could easily access the courtyard via the side entranceway. Toddler was mesmerised as usual by the gold fish in the pond and thoroughly enjoyed her free pancakes as kids eat free between 7-9am on weekends. I ordered the corn cakes with hommus, bacon and rocket and honestly I couldn't rate it high enough. My partner ordered the scrambled eggs and said he hadn't tasted better eggs (except for my eggs of course), in a long while.
Along the external side entranceway there is a great bench with stools that singles can eat and enjoy a coffee alone in peace while reading a mag or newspapers. There are also two tables at the front of Sassafras for those who like to take their beloved dog along to the cafe with them.
Any cons? Nope. This isn't fine dining, but it's damn good wholesome food in a cosy and laid back atmosphere. My only issue would be with the winged friends in the back courtyard who have become quite cunning over the past few years and will demolish any food left on your table by the time you have walked out.
For more information or to book (which is a great idea as they get very busy), check out the website.
Another good food joint in Paddington I'd like to try!I wonder if my Grandmothers house is still there,can't imagine what it's worth now.You could walk to the city from her place.Ahhh the memories of the 60's&70's.