Having walked past the M&A in the Fortitude Valley many times during its construction I was quite curious as to what it would look like and wondered about the kind of restaurants and cafes that would take up the ground floor of the building.
I was excited to have the opportunity to try out Wrapped Cafe, located in M&A Lane and had been licking my lips in anticipation as I walked along Ann Street picturing all sorts of mouth-watering sandwiches I was about to feast my eyes on.
I was just thinking about how pleasant the weather was as I turned into M&A Lane and was met by gusts of wind. Suddenly, everything was everywhere. My hair was flying, my shirt was flapping left, right and centre, and my feather light earrings were swinging wildly. Luckily, I spotted Wrapped Cafe quick enough and ducked in to escape from the crazy wind before I could embarrass myself any further.
As I stepped into the Cafe, I was met by a welcoming smile and greeting. My eyes were immediately drawn to the squeaky clean glass cabinet filled with all sorts of delicious goodies that were screaming out "Eat me! Eat me!" Have you ever stared at a cabinet full of food and just couldn't decide which one to choose from? Well that was me. There were fruits, gourmet rolls, yoghurts, cakes, sandwiches and other savouries. Being aware that the smiling staff was waiting patiently for my order, I did a quick peruse and decided to go with the Mediterranean chicken and haloumi roll accompanied by a mug of skinny flat white.
I sat at one of their tables and studied their menu carefully. It had lots of breakfast options to suit all breakfast eaters, from toast to breakfast bruschetta to eggs benedict to big breakfast. Salad lovers will find themselves well catered for and burger fans will be in heaven with various classic and gourmet options. There are also extras you can add to your burger including bacon, avocado, cheese, haloumi and even double your patty. Their beverages list looked awesome too. Apart from the usual coffees and teas, they also had milkshakes, thickshakes and a number of fresh juices. Yum! And they do catering too!
The coffee came after a few minutes and it was impeccable. I had requested my roll to be toasted and it didn't take long for it to come either. My chicken roll had thin chicken slices, roasted capsicum, grilled eggplant, rocket and grilled haloumi. I am not sure about the sauce it had because I was busily chowing it down trying to satisfy my stomach. Nevertheless, it was absolutely delightful. The flavours weren't rich, the amount of saltiness and all the ingredients in this roll were perfect. Have you ever had a sandwich or a roll for lunch in the past and immediately fell into a food coma afterwards? Well, you definitely won't with a Wrapped roll! It was light, healthy and yummy!
Mediterranean chicken and haloumi roll. Image taken by writer.
My delicious coffee. Image taken by writer.
The shop itself looked great! There were no fancy decorations, just the menu. But Everything looked clean, professional, and had a friendly vibe.
It's a pity that I don't work on James Street anymore because I would be a regular customer here. Upon giving them a quick search on the Internet I soon discovered that there's a Wrapped on Eagle Street in the city and at Hamilton Harbour. So I will definitely give them another visit soon at one of their locations. And if you definitely should too!
Wrapped Cafe at M&A. Image taken from Wrapped Facebook page.