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Brisbane breakfast #3: Merriweather, South Brisbane

My final choice for a Brisbane breakfast was an important one – no second chances if I was disappointed on the last day. After careful consideration I decided on Merriweather in South Brisbane, which was a little further from my hotel than on previous days, but I went prepared with long sleeves this time as it was another crisp morning. If you check out Merriweather’s website and Facebook page, you can see that they’re serious about their product. Ultimately it was the rather interesting menu that earned them the third place on my must-visit list (and I was pretty sure I’d get a decent coffee!) Thankfully my assumptions were correct – they are deadly serious about coffee at Merriweather, and it’s great to see that you can get a decent cup almost anywhere you travel these days. No doubt there are plenty of awesome places in the rest of the Brisbane CBD, and…

Brisbane breakfast #2: Gauge, South Brisbane

I had a few options for a decent breakfast in the South Bank area, and my second Brisbane breakfast choice was Gauge from Jerome Batten, the man behind another popular Brisbane cafe and grocer, Sourced Grocer. I knew roughly where Gauge was located but it was still hard to find as there was no signage whatsoever, and the door doesn’t look like it belongs to a restaurant. Thankfully I’d seen a photo of the inside which confirmed I was in the right place. Gauge specialises in locally sourced produce and artisanal fare made in-house, even including the sourdough bread. There is a plenty of seating, although be prepared to share a table during busy times. Coffee is from New Zealand & Melbourne based roaster Coffee Supreme, presumably their Five Star Day blend – well, that’s what’s on the shelf anyway. The barista takes his craft very seriously, and spent his time between customers weighing shots. Once again, my cappuccino…

Brisbane breakfast #1: The Roastery Cafe, South Brisbane

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… On day two I had some more time on my hands, so headed to The Roastery Cafe, which was about five minutes walk from my hotel. The cafe is attached to “specialty” roastery, Rouge Coffee. It’s pretty simple inside, as long as you’re not allergic to wood you’ll be fine. The menu had…

Breakfast at Alto Cucina & Bar, Gold Coast

It seems that almost every restaurant on the Gold Coast opens for breakfast, and for our last morning (Sunday) we tried Alto Cucina & Bar by the beach. We arrived just after 9am and it was already full – there were people queuing by the front door (a good sign), however we were lucky enough to have come in through the back door from the adjoining Oasis shopping centre and jumped the queue straight to a table. As well as the usual breakfast fare there were a few different items on the menu – I chose the homemade roesti stack with poached egg, kassler (thick cut) bacon and avocado ($16.90) plus a side serve of pork sausage ($3.50). This was unlike any breakfast I’ve had before, with the thick bacon tasting like a much nicer version of the ham steaks I remember from childhood. I could have done without the…

High Tea at Palazzo Versace

As a special treat during our stay on the Gold Coast, Renay and I decided to take a trip to Palazzo Versace on Saturday afternoon to try the “Fashionista High Tea”, which is described as being “inspired by the House of Versace” and “transformed seasonally to reflect the latest catwalk designs for the style conscious”. Hmm. Given the above description, and of course being aware that the entire hotel is the vision of Gianni Versace, I was a little concerned that the Palazzo Versace was going to be rather elitist, however we were pleased to find it quite relaxed and a fascinating place to see all manner of people from young families to groups dressed up to the nines. High Tea is served in the “Le Jardin” lobby bar, which overlooks the pool area. The sun was coming in hard through the high glass windows – hence the harsh photos -…

Breakfast at Mme Grenouille, Gold Coast

I was lucky enough to attend the Microsoft TechEd conference on the Gold Coast this week, so Renay decided to tag along and enjoy the change of scene. We stayed at the very nice Meriton Serviced Apartments in Broadbeach, which we chose for its close proximity to the Convention & Exhibition Centre and were pleased to find a good selection of restaurants nearby. One of the closest was Mme Grenouille, a French patisserie and cafe on the outside of the Meriton building. There are plenty of tables outside, and it’s a nice place to watch the world go by on a beautiful sunny day. The building straight ahead is Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino. The coffee  at Mme Grenouille is excellent (and was surprisingly so at many places in the area). I can’t go past a white chocolate mocha ($4.30), although I rarely see them in Perth – it’s now compulsory…