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Published March 12th 2017
Comfy, Suburban Cafe in The Gap
Introducing The Lodge When I think of a lodge, I imagine a rustic, wooden cabin hidden away in the hills or the formality of the Prime Minister's residence in Sydney and Canberra. This relaxed, suburban café is neither of those but it is placed in a leafy and hilly suburb of Brisbane and is slightly tucked away at the far end of The Gap Village Shopping Centre. The Gap is approximately 8 kilometres west of the Brisbane CBD.
Welcome to The Lodge
Will I know it when I see it?
I found The Lodge fairly easily (as one of several shops in the Shopping Centre) and noticed that it offers indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor area, leading to the counter has a mix between Scandinavian and industrial styles with 3 table settings, a window bench and wall mounted shelves. The outdoor is shaded by an awning and the seating of wooden tables and black, industrial stools and a bench are placed along the pathway of the shopping Centre arcade. A selection of kids toys and an enticing chalk board just waiting to be disturbed are stationed by the door to keep the little ones entertained, however, play space is limited.
Toys for the kids
What can I have to eat?
Make a selection from the menu
The Lodge serves an all day menu. For breakfast, a stand out item is the halloumi stack ($17.00) which comprises of halloumi fritters, topped with roasted Portobello mushrooms, poached eggs with kale, tomato salsa, feta and avocado. Alternatively, the breakfast burrito ($10.90), the Ultimate wrap ($12.90) or the breakfast burger $9.90 might take your interest. Snacks like energy bowls ($9.00), toast and banana bread are on hand and a cold cabinet houses lighter options.
Proud Mary, specialty coffee based in Melbourne and established in 2009, is the coffee of choice. It's not one that I had come across in Brisbane so this was a nice surprise. I chose a chai latte which had a deep hint of cinnamon and it was served resting on a sweet, mint saucer. The service was adequate but is something that could probably benefit from some greater attention.
The Lodge is open 7 days from 6-2 from Monday to Saturday and 6-1 on Sunday. Guests can access the customer car park (which provides easy walk up to the shop) and is limited to one hour for each visitor. Buses to and from the city also stop outside. The street noise of Waterworks Road can be a little distracting, but good conversation will overtake this. A dog bowl and a red, plastic dachshund at the entrance to the shop confirms that pups are welcome.