Recently, like I've done before, I drove my daughter to a meeting; this time in Cleveland. While I waited I took a walk and looked about for a coffee joint to quench my caffeine cravings and sate the hunger of my darling daughter who had told me she was hungry. So while she negotiated I took a walk and, as luck would have it, came acrossZyka's Kitchen at 124 Queen Street Cleveland.
Zyka's Kitchen is not in the main shopping thoroughfare of Cleveland. It's a street back in the Village Square Shopping Centre on the corner of Queen and Doig Streets set among real estate agents, employment seekers and locksmiths.
What attracted me to Zyka's was the crowd that had pretty-well packed it out when I saw it at lunch time – always a good sign. I took a look at the menu and decided I had found the spot for lunch.
It turned out to be an inspired choice, even if I do say so myself. By the time we got back the crowd had thinned out and the welcome by Anthia was warm and her service fast and helpful. I had one of my all-time favourite snacks, a Ham, Tomato and Cheese Toastie while the offspring chose the Chicken Aioli Burger.
We decided to share a bowl of chips with aioli dip and they were sensational. I have to be careful with chips because of my diet so I only ate small ones smothered in the dip. Luckily there were plenty of chips I considered small.
The young one chose an iced chocolate and I obtained my long-awaited-for mug of flat white. The drinks came straight out with a bottle of chilled water as an accompaniment. The meals followed close behind.
We both agreed it was absolutely lovely food in a comfortable cafe with friendly and efficient staff. There was nothing stingy about the meal sizes and the fillings were fresh and plentiful. My flat white satisfied my craving for caffeine while, I am reliably informed, the iced chocolate was sweet and refreshing.
Zyka's Kitchen opens daily at 7.00am and closes at 3.30pm. For all you night owls Zyka's reopens every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6.00pm until 9.00pm. At these later times you can enjoy a wide range of Tapas plates and main meals. If you like, you can also BYO drinks.
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I agree, this is easily the best coffee in brisbane ( and i travel all over brisbane AND love my coffee). Friendly staff and great pricing. Steve the owner has passion and pride. I have now been to the restaurant twice in a week (wednesday last week and wednesday this week) and our family has eaten everything on the menu. I recommend the pie sliders and the steak main. But everything on the night menu is awesome and amazingly priced- tapas menu for two which filled us first time cost $80!!!