I don’t know who said ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’, but whoever it was must have had more than a dry piece of toast and a cup of black tea, and it would seem that more people are jumping on the bandwagon and making time for the morning meal – especially if it means someone else is doing the cooking. One such eatery doing a ‘bang up’ job of making breakfast a meal not to be missed is Treacle Cafe and Restaurant.
Located in The Grange, on Brisbane’s northside, Treacle is a relaxed place to catch up with your friends for a morning hit of caffeine and something more. It is bright and airy, and has both indoor and outdoor seating, the latter of which is heated during the winter months. Executive Chefs and owners, Richard Gardner and Shenyia Laverack highlight their passion for fresh and seasonal produce in menus with a contemporary Australian flavour.
On the day of our visit, the tastebuds are varied and with mouths salivating at the varied breakfast choices we finally settle on free range eggs benedict on organic cornbread topped with fresh hollandaise, zesty avocado on sourdough with bacon, halloumi cheese and two poached eggs, and roast mushrooms baked with fetta and served with roast tomatoes on Turkish bread.
We didn’t have to wait long for the meals to arrive, and everything looked exactly as it had been described.
The roast mushrooms were delicious. They were golden brown and just crisp, and together with the soft but bitey tomato and the smooth fetta it was a rich and flavoursome feast. The zesty avocado also rated for its flavour and simplicity. The bacon was well-cooked, without dripping in oil and the halloumi had been seared on both sides just nicely. The dish we expected to have the most flaws (based on our experiences at other eateries around Brisbane) was the greatest surprise. Finally, a cafe that knows how to cook the eggs in eggs benedict, and the use of organic eggs in this dish was noticeable in both colour and flavour.
Treacle prides itself on its organic coffee, which I was told is sourced ‘up the road’ in Nimbin. I was aware that the area had a reputation for other types of plantations, but can now say I have been impressed with the quality of their coffee (I guess you coul dsay all that ‘other stuff’ was just practice). My cappuccino had a lovely lingering flavour, but coul dhave done with a bit more temperature.
If there was anything to complain about it was the size of the meal. We had not prepared our stomachs for the food which we were about to eat. The serving size of each meal was much larger than other cafes/restaurants. Also, in a day and age where ‘presentation is everything’, there was nothing outstanding about how our meals appeared on the plate, but I also believe this complements the overall atmosphere of the cafe.
The venue is licensed and features a selection of boutique wines from Australia and New Zealand.
Overall rating: 4 out of 5
Treacle Cafe Restaurant details:
Address – Shops 2-3, 8 Days Road, The Grange QLD
Food – Modern Australian
Drink – Licensed
Prices – Breakfast from $6.50, Lunch from $9.50 to $19.50 and Dinner from $13.50
Treacle Cafe and Restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 7am till late, and Sunday between 7am and 4pm. Visit www.treaclecafe.com.au for more information or telephone 07 3352 4144 to make a booking.