I spent last week working in Brisbane – staying in South bank – and it’s somewhere I haven’t visited for a few years so was of course excited to sample some of the local food and coffee. My days were annoyingly full with work so I had to focus on breakfast and dinner.
A buffet breakfast was included in my hotel room (the comfortable and convenient Mantra), but that’s no fun at all and I only tried it on the first day when I had no time to spare – it was quite limited compared to some hotel buffets, and I certainly wasn’t game to try their coffee…
It’s pretty simple inside, as long as you’re not allergic to wood you’ll be fine.
The menu had a few interesting items, and you can see some of them above, or here. I was tossing up between two items not on this menu, and settled for savoury mince with a poached egg.
My other potential choice was a waffle with bacon and other things that now escape me, although I do remember there being some kind of ice cream (cinnamon, I think?) and it was too damn cold for that that.
I was sat by the window with no protection from the elements – and a great view of the building site across the road – and of course I didn’t take a jacket, or anything long sleeve that I could afford to get covered in breakfast. Unfortunately my coffee took a while to arrive and this was common to all three cafes I tried – maybe it’s a Brisbane thing?
One thing I did like about Brisbane is that almost every cafe opens early (7am at the latest) seven days a week.
Speaking of Brisbane things, is the lack of foam on a cappuccino one of them…or is it just banned everywhere now? I happen to like a cappuccino at breakfast, although I’m beginning to feel like a coffee leper when I order one. If I wanted a flat white with some chocolate on top I’d ask for one, or order a mocha.
Maybe I’m destined to drink coffee only in shopping centers from now on 🙁
The Roastery Cafe is a little off the main South Bank strip but it seemed popular with cyclists, workmen and office workers alike. The coffee was good and the food was interesting – just take a jumper with you early in the morning, or perhaps a bike.