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Southside Tea Room

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by Alexandra Saragossi (subscribe)
A wide-eyed Doctor of Physiotherapy graduate wanting to experience everything the world has to offer.
Published June 27th 2012
Southside Tea Room (brainchild of Brisbane band The Grates) is like stepping into nanna's retro kitchen covered in tiny trinkets collected over time and being spoilt with many delicious homemade treats.

The street attention signpost of a black marker drawing masking taped onto a wooden easel by the street.


As you approach the coffee and sweet treat nook, you cannot miss the street attention signpost of a black marker drawing masking taped onto a wooden easel by the street. You turn your head away and note a large trademark typography stamp on the window with two lime green metal stools and a small wooden table beneath it. You have arrived.

...a large trademark typography stamp on the window. You have arrived.


Step up into the niche through the glass doors and you will be unsure where to focus your attention. The tiled fireplace (plastic logs inclusive) is to your left. A cabinet on each side is filled with rather random trinkets such as porcelain apple and pear, a beer bottle, ice-cream cone shaped candle the list goes on. Lined across the top of the fixed fireplace are rather necessary additions for your coffee, i.e. lids, sugar, honey, stirrers and not so important items such as a purple lava lamp and a vase of flowers that give the room some colour.

The tiled fireplace (plastic logs inclusive) is to your left. A cabinet on each side is filled with rather random trinkets and line with coffee necessities.


Cast your eyes upwards to the wooden wall. A collection of teaspoons, a framed holographic picture of horses running wild in the wind and two pictures printed onto sliced plastic wood.

A collection of teaspoons, a framed holographic picture and pictures printed onto slices of plastic wood.


To your right is the counter. Coffee machine to the right beside the window, cabinets with more trinkets and art below the bench which sweet treats such as sliced sandcake, gluten free, sugar free and vegan cupcakes, neemish tarts and cornflake, marshmallow and choc-chip cookies reside beneath embroidered fly nets. The menu of all food and drink is written in black marker onto large sheets of brown paper and masking taped to the wall.

The menu of all food and drink is written in black marker onto large sheets of brown paper and masking taped to the wall with sweet treats lying beneath embroided fly nets on the counter.


Although Southside Tea Room is primarily a take-away venue, you can snag yourself a seat indoors at the large round table or by the window at a table for two as psychedelic rock floats effortlessly through the air. The Dramanti Coffee ($3.70 - $4.50) was delicious, the tomato the absolute highlight of the tomato, ricotta and thyme tart, the gluten free, sugar free and vegan cupcakes dense and flavoursome and the burnt caramel taste of the cornflake, marshmallow and choc-chip cookies absolutely over the top delectable definitely the sweet treat highlight.

The tomato the absolute highlight of the tomato, ricotta and thyme tart ($7.50) and the burnt caramel taste of the cornflake, marshmallow and choc-chip cookies ($3.50) absolutely over the top delectable.


The gluten free, sugar free and vegan cupcakes ($5.50) dense and flavoursome.


Don't let the small space fool you, a sneak peak behind the lemon curtain and the makings of a delightful bar emerge. Once the liquor licensing comes through, Southside Tea Room will evolve and transform from take-away treats to laid-back drinks as the afternoon rolls by and the sun goes down.
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Why? A sweet retro treat with a morning coffee.
When: Mon-Fri: 7am-1pm, Sat-Sun: 8.30am-2.30pm
Where: 639 Wynnum Rd, Morningside, Brisbane 4170
Cost: $3-$7.
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It sounds delightful! I must check it out sometime!
by Jennifer Muirhead (score: 3|1190) 2925 days ago
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