I am always looking out for new and exciting experiences. That's what keeps life interesting right? However, I have to admit that sometimes it is nice to have somewhere you can go, that you have already tried and undoubtedly know you will enjoy. In our constant search for the next trendy dining experience, places like this have become rare. Therefore it certainly is a treat when you do find a great café or restaurant that provides delicious food and great service in a relaxed setting every time.
I have dined at The Gunshop Café countless times over the years, and it is one of the few places I continue to frequent despite a significant increase in the number of alternative cafes and restaurants on offer around Brisbane. The essence of this West End café is unchanging and for that I am grateful. In an area that is continually evolving and growing, the Gunshop always manages to adapt to the social climate. However, it does so without compromising its commitment to consistently providing an enjoyable and satisfying; yet versatile culinary experience.
Consistently friendly service makes dining at The Gunshop a pleasure every time.
The café is set in the heart of West End making it a convenient choice for a light meal or refreshing beverage at any time of day. It is open from 7am until 2pm for breakfast and lunch on Mondays; from 7am till "late" - for breakfast, lunch and dinner - from Tuesdays through to Saturdays; and from 7am until 2:30pm on Sundays, just in case you feel like a lazy brunch. The atmosphere is informal and relaxed despite the hum of activity and conversation due to its popularity.
With a very raw and natural appearance of open, untouched brick and predominantly wooden floors and furnishings; it offers an inviting space within which to unwind and catch-up with friends and family. Its open plan preparation and dining areas create a feeling of intimacy and honesty adding to the atmosphere. I really love the café at its quieter times however, its liveliness and quirkiness is also an attractive feature. Depending on your mood and the time of day you go, you can have very different, yet highly enjoyable dining experiences.
This café gives you a place to go when you want to catch-up with close friends over a delicious cup of coffee.
The Gunshop provides a versatile and eclectic culinary experience, however it maintains a central running theme. That is, simple yet elegant dishes constructed with market fresh ingredients that work in harmony to bring out the maximum amount of flavour. The combinations are unexpectedly delightful and taste sublime. Your taste buds won't be disappointed. I would describe the food as modern Australian cuisine with distinct cultural influences. You will find a range of dishes to choose from that will delight your taste buds.
Some breakfast dishes include: toasted oat and nut granola, Bundaberg figs, fresh strawberries and organic mango yoghurt ($15.50); Canadian brioche French toast, bacon, caramelised banana, candied pecans and maple syrup ($18.50); or for something savoury, you might like to try double smoked bacon, poached eggs, bella rossa tomatoes, herbed hollandaise and sourdough ($16.50). Breakfasts generally range in price from $10 - $20. The Gunshop is well-known for its breakfasts. When you have the chance, make sure you try them out sometime.
Enjoy a relaxing morning or afternoon while you lounge outside at the Gunshop.
Alternatively, there are also some fabulous lunch and dinner dishes on the menu. For example, the lunchtime menu offers dishes such as: saffron couscous crumbed sweetlip, warm herbed kipfler, sweet potato and chorizo salad with confit tomato puree ($24.50); alternatively you might like the Bangalow pulled pork, prawn mayo, sauerkraut, baguette, pickles and mustard served with shoestring fries ($18.50). The meals use familiar ingredients in new and interesting ways to create dishes that will tantalise and challenge your taste buds.
Main meals include: confit Grimaud duck Maryland, creamy polenta, brocollini with jus ($30); or slow braised beef cheeks, pomme puree, confit shallots with a rich reduction ($28). With a few exceptions, lunch and dinner dishes generally range in price from about $20 all the way to $35. You can also order an assortment of entrees and sides to accompany your meal such as greens, breads, chips, dips and cheeses. Variations in the menu can occur but these dishes will give you an idea of what to expect.
Make life a little sweeter with a simply sensational dessert.
Additionally, the café also offers a selection of sweet treats and an assortment of refreshing beverages. I dropped by with Mum the other day for a mid-afternoon indulgence that I can only describe as wickedly delightful. I chose a warm flourless callebaut dark chocolate cake served with a generous helping of chocolate fudge, raspberry compote, double cream and mulberries. The cake had a silky smooth texture that just seemed to melt in my mouth. The chocolate fudge sauce added to the decadence whilst the raspberry compote cut through the sweetness with just the right amount of acidity.
This delectable delight costs $13.50. I have to admit that that is more than I would normally spend on a sweet afternoon treat. However, it is worth every bite. The only problem is you won't be able to finish every last morsel as it is deliciously rich. Save this one for a romantic dessert and share it with your other half whilst savouring each mouthful. I accompanied this indulgence with a beautifully brewed cup of Merlo coffee ($4). The Gunshop is fully licensed and offers a range of alcoholic beverages as well as coffees, teas, cold drinks, smoothies and milkshakes.
Make sure you drop by for a drink and a meal next time you are at West End.
I have always enjoyed my dining experiences at the Gunshop Café and will continue to go back time and time again. If you are looking for a simple yet tasty, relaxing meal this café offers exactly that. Next time you are at West End be sure to drop by for an enjoyable morning or afternoon with friends.