Fish Lane in South Brisbane is fast becoming the place to go if you’re after high-quality and homegrown establishments, with Gauge the newest member of the Fish Lane food club.
Owned by Jerome Batten, of Sourced Grocer, Gauge is a super stylish cafe with an inviting interior and fantastic fare.
Head there to enjoy fine dining level food but in a casual cafe space. Even though it’s only been trading for a matter of days, already word is spreading like wildfire.
Directly opposite the Queensland Museum and sitting alongside Julius Pizzeria, Gauge is a destination that will require hours of your time, because once you walk through the doors, you will find it difficult to leave.
The cafe itself appears quite tiny but comfortably seats a good many people — either on the long communal table that runs the centre of the space, or on one of the smaller tables lining the walls. There is also a line of beautiful blue high stools where you can sit and stare at the passing traffic, or gaze at the Queensland Museum. Most aspects of the fit-out have been commissioned and designed by talented connections of Jerome’s including the tables, chairs, stools, plants and lighting.
Competing equally for your attention is the simple but savvy menu and quality coffee. The kitchen team is helmed by Executive Chef Cormac Bradfield, who Jerome brought over from Sourced; he is joined by Head Chef Ollie Hansford. Ollie comes from Stokehouse and has been instrumental in creating the range of dishes which offer a marriage of unusual flavours, resulting in unforgettable meals.
The menu itself reads a little like poetry and you’ll want to meander through the meals, taking your time to decide. The all-day breakfast/brunch/lunch menu ranges from the expected (like the organic oat bircher with lemon myrtle and fresh honeycomb, avocado and soft eggs on sourdough) to the more exotic (like the black garlic bread with brown butter and burnt vanilla or the smoked kingfish with spiced pearl barley, egg and parsley). There is a beautiful balance of sweet and savoury and all meals are a mix of textures and tastes.
For the coffee lover, sit down and sip on a brew from Supreme Roasters or if you’re avoiding caffeine, choose from herbal teas, cold pressed juices, organic sodas or sparkling water. Aside from the substantial meals on the menu, there is also a range of daily-baked goodies including croissants, fruit danishes and brioche crumbles which sit alluringly on the counter top near the coffee machine.
If you’re in a rush, you can swing by the express window to grab your takeaway coffee on the way (but be warned, you’ll probably be tempted to stay).
In the near future, you will be able to get your Gauge fix after hours too when they open for dinner Thursday-Saturday. Keep your eyes peeled for Maker, Jerome’s other venture. The little laneway bar, tucked away down Fish Lane, will be opening in the next few weeks.
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Gauge can be found at 77 Grey St, South Brisbane. For more information, check out our dining guide.
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