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Published February 10th 2014
You'll be shucked and awed at the taste
Shucked Coffee House - 9 Creswell St Newstead
A glowing endorsement of Shucked Coffee House from a friend while combing through my Facebook news feed was all it took for me to be convinced to head there myself, to see if the mouth-watering breakfast pictures that I had seen online actually tasted as good as they looked.
Set in the side streets of hipper-than-you Newstead, it's clear that Shucked has a good thing going on judging by the line out the door. With the two separate dining areas, this popular brunch spot has two different vibes going on depending which room you are seated in.
Shucked features two dining areas, one a charmingly dated 70s lounge
The orange, yellow and olive green patterned wallpaper in the main dining room will remind you of your Great Aunt's charmingly dated and very 70s lounge room. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the cement and concrete adjoining dining area with rusted corrugated iron wall panels has the feel of a converted garage or workshop (perhaps it is?) and seems to be going for an urban edge. Shucked is yet another example of a Brisbane café that has done an exceptionally good job with an interesting and eclectic interior.
The adjoining dining area is less dining area and more converted auto workshop. Avoid the lowset tables if possible - they don't make for comfortable seating
I normally extremely dislike awkwardly waiting for a table and competing with the masses for a morning breakfast, but I knew that anything good is worth waiting for, and I hoped this would be the case here.
I'm not sure why so many trendy cafes I've been to lately are opting for the milk crate or similar low set seats and tiny toadstool like coffee tables, but here was another and as luck would have it, it was the table that became available for us.
For me it was tolerable but for my long legged partner, trying to use a knife and fork while on a small wobbly table while sitting just centimetres from the cement does make for an easy eating experience. Given the choice, I'm pretty sure most people would always go for a proper table and chair, so I'm not sure why so many cafes seem to love this thrown together form of seating.
Luckily before our food came, a table close by came available and we seized it quickly. Poxy table gripes aside, the service was stellar – especially considering they were so busy.
My vegetarian breakfast was also amazing with the haloumi, smashed avocado, grilled mushroom and tomatoes, and perfectly cooked poached eggs on French baguette. It's easily the best breakfast I've had for ages, with real quality ingredients and obvious enthusiasm gone into the presentation.
The Get Veged vegetarian breakfast was a delicious assortment of quality ingredients including haloumi, roasted mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and poached eggs of French Baguette
It's also a meal I was very happy to pay 20 dollars for, especially since this price point seems to be the going rate for a gourmet breakfast around inner Brisbane these days. I've paid more for breakfasts before with far less going for them in terms of creativity, portion size and quality of ingredients.
My partner went for the eggs benedict with ham, and the garlic hollandaise I was told was the best he's had – not some of the coagulated mess you can sometimes be given. I've read reviews online that also sing the praises of the food here and despite reading to expect to wait a while for the food, on our visit the service was both efficient and attentive.
There are so many delicious things I've still yet try and including the salted caramel milkshake and Nutella coffee – not to mention the gourmet burgers which it was still a little early for.
You know if a New York Times travel writer has mentioned Shucked as a highlight on a whirlwind 36 hour tour of Brisbane there must be something to see here – and I'm happy to say the Facebook fuss was well founded with Shucked offering style and substance in equal measures.
It's a very popular place, so unless you book you'll probably have to wait on a weekend
I'm sorry but $20 for breakfast one meal.....what is wrong with Brisbane that is way too much money to pay for one meal and its breakfast consisting of bread, eggs, tomato, maybe bacon for $20 sorry I don't see the value its a rip off. Head down to Melbourne and see what you pay for breakfast not $20 a meal...I would pay $20 for lunch. People here don't realise how ripped off you get in Brisbane with their food, Melbourne and Sydney food prices are a lot cheaper and just as good if not better, wake up Brisbane stop buying off these places that charge too much so we get a better deal like the other major capital cities.