Two giant flames on Buckland Rd in Nundah signal the arrival of the suburb’s hottest new café, Fuel & Co.
Owner Maria Rowe, formerly of Coffee Depot in the CBD made the move to Nundah for the community feel, and she chose the right suburb to do so.
With three schools in the area, the modern and funky Fuel & Co has seen a constant line up of parents and kids since it opened last week.
The menu makes the most of fresh local produce, with breakfast items including eggs benedict with braised pork, and an oat porridge with rhubarb, berry compote and crushed pistachios.
We tried the seasonal avocado on malted pugliese bread with citrus and sea salt. This simple dish was made with some top ingredients, which turned it into something a bit special.
The malted pugliese bread was almost nutty in taste and only lightly toasted so that the centre of the bread was still soft and fresh. The well-seasoned avocado was also at its peak ripeness.
For lunch, think braised beef short ribs with house slaw and onion rings, or a spiced cauliflower and feta salad for something a bit lighter.
We tasted the Wagyu steak sandwich, served with leaves, beetroot relish, pickles and a decadently creamy horseradish yoghurt. When this dish was served up, I was told it would change my life. After taking my first bite, I could see why the kitchen was so confident about this meal.
The tender Wagyu was cooked beautifully being seared on the outside and still lightly pink on the inside. The meat was then thinly-sliced so you didn’t have to struggle with big chunks of steak when tucking into your sandwich.
The pickle and beetroot relish were sweet and tart at the same time, and the slathering of horseradish yoghurt was extremely moreish. This sandwich was served on a black brioche which was full of buttery goodness.
Again focusing on local produce, Fuel & Co source their impressive range of breads used throughout their menus from Le Sebastian Bakery in West End.
For a bite on the run, the counter showcases a range of freshly baked muffins, cakes and pastries which are all made in house.
To wash everything down, the drinks menu offers up treats such as a choc-peanut butter milkshake, or iced tea which is freshly brewed and served with a dash of coconut sugar. Lactose-free milk, almond milk and soy milk are also available for coffees and teas.
Fuel & Co is on 190 Buckland Rd, Nundah and is open 7 days from 6:30am to 4pm.