I'm a QBI (Queenslander born interstate) and like to write about things that inspire me in my adopted hometown. Living by choice in the inner southside of Brisbane.
Published May 10th 2012
I love exploring different parts of West End, and this section of Montague Road is no different. Visiting a friend who lives near Davies Park this week, we went for a stroll along the riverfront and deciding we needed a coffee, at Kurilpa Street we headed left away from the river, then on to Montague so we could have a coffee at Veneziano Caffe, at number 369.
In the current beautiful early winter weather with warm days, we arrived in a good mood from our sunny stroll along Riverside Drive at the striking black building with painted coffee beans sprinkled along one corner.
Inside we were greeted by the friendly staff. The interior dιcor is friendly and warm, very stylish and clearly designed by someone with striking taste and a great sense of colour, but not "constructed" or adhering strictly to the latest trends and fads so that you feel you've seen it all before. In short, the place has a fresh and genuine feel to it.
The large picture windows give the space heaps of light and the high ceilings allow for an open gallery level giving the whole space a light and airy feel.
We sat at one of the big varnished timber central table that you invariably share with other patrons, which makes surreptitious "people watching" so much easier.
At Veneziano they are passionate about their coffee. They offer barista training, they roast and sell coffee and when we were there they had a table full of drip filtered coffee for tasting various blends, all in clear glass with little flames heating the water so that it dripped back down into glass jugs, reminding me of high school chemistry experiments. The staff were happy to share that currently they are experimenting with drip filter coffee which brings out different flavours to espresso coffee. Another staff member smiled as he walked past and asked us how our coffees were.
The range of cakes and sandwiches is inviting and looks fresh, as well as being all locally made (we cross-questioned the barista and found out where everything was from.)
Anyway the point of the exercise was the coffee and my friend and I both gave ours the thumbs up. Smooth and flavoursome, just the right strength, creamy milk and beautifully presented in the bowls we requested.
It's ages since I've been here but it's official Veneziano is one of my favourite little cafes in West End, because they love their coffee, it's easy to get here, and it's such an unpretentious yet pleasant place to be.
I might just like their facebook page Wow, looks like one of their baristas won the recent Australia Barista Championship. Like I said, these guys love their coffee.