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Zyka's Kitchen

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by Tony Dyer (subscribe)
I've made it to my life's goal - the old age pension. Now I write for fun. Hope you enjoy reading.
Published March 17th 2015
Move off the main thoroughfare for this pure delight

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 across Zyka'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.

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Plenty for everybody

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.

I can't remember any of the individual prices but the total cost for our meals was $32.00.

The meals did the trick for us and we didn't (or perhaps that should be couldn't) go looking for dessert. However, there is plenty of sweet things available if that is what you are looking for.

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The cakes left after the lunch rush

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.

For more information on this 'treasure in the back streets' have a look at Facebook, call on 3134 0666 or email at
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Why? Good food, good coffee, good service, good atmosphere, why not?
When: Daily 7.00am to 3.30pm and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday also from 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Phone: 3134 0666
Where: VIllage Square, 124 Queen Street Cleveland
Your Comment
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!!!
by numst (score: 0|4) 2224 days ago
Went all the way to Cleveland on Saturday and it closes at 12 now, will try again one day
by justk (score: 0|6) 2222 days ago
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