The festive season is all about catching up with friends and family, and it’s always a bargain if you can do as little cooking as possible. Here we round up the best cafes in the ‘burbs, so that you and your crew don’t need to venture far for a tasty treat.
Bare Bones Society
Brisbane west-siders are lucky to have this gem of a café right on their doorstep. With a unique location in the middle of a carpark, Bare Bones Society has made the most of its whereabouts, with a beautiful outdoor deck and cleverly draped awnings that creates a relaxed, cosy vibe.
The all-day dining menu here includes some beautifully crafted dishes. We like salad of figs, goats cheese and prosciutto, with caramelised orange and sugared pecans, drizzled with aged balsamic. Every Friday night, dinner is also available with an ever-changing menu.
Recent offerings included spanner crab with an apple, fennel and avocado salad, topped with a light curry mayonnaise.
Jindalee Homemaker Centre, 34 Goggs Road, Jindalee. Tel: 3715 5571.
For a perfect summer café, it’s hard to go past Whiskey Business, purely for the decadent thickshakes that are so thick, you need two hands to pull the spoon out. These shakes are topped with sweet delights including macarons, Ferrero Rochers, or even a whole slab of pavlova.
These guys are also macaron specialists, with a wide, colourful array of decently priced macarons to choose from on any given day. We personally love the unique redskins or the malteaser macarons.
All day breakfasts are available and a lunch menu is also served up, with a slow cooked pork belly burger taking the prize for most mouth-watering offering. The café setting is on the small-side, so best to jump in early to satisfy your sweet-tooth.
4/200 Old Cleveland Rd, Capalaba. Tel: 3245 5313.
Moving north, Ramekins Café in Carseldine has a nicely varied breakfast and lunch menu that makes catching-up with friends something of a quiet affair as you end up sitting in silence trying to decide what tasty dish to order.
From the breakfast menu, it’s hard to go past the mushroom duxelle and asparagus, served on nine grain toast with runny poached eggs and a white truffle oil.
Lunch is available from 11am, including a Thai beef salad, or zucchini and ricotta slice. For the super-hungry, there is also a Brissie cheese steak sandwich, made with grilled rib fillet steak, roasted onions, smoked piquillo peppers, provolone cheese with mushroom duxelle, rocket and aioli on Turkish bread. As an additional plus, Ramekins is also BYO.
735 Beams Road, Carseldine. Tel: 3862 8085.
The Moray Café
The inner-burbs don’t miss out on this list, with Newfarm institution The Moray Café one of our picks of where to spend a lazy Sunday morning.
The all-day breakfast includes the ultimate hangover-cure: the southern fried chicken breakfast, comprising fried chicken, an American-style savoury waffle, chilli fried eggs, corn salsa and fresh coriander. There is also a slightly healthier offering of poached eggs on dark rye toast, with roast capsicum and pumpkin, grilled halloumi, mushrooms and an eggplant purée.
Lunch options include a baked cauliflower and broccoli pie or a pulled pork burger. The Moray Café is also licensed with a small list of wines and beers available.
Corner of Merthyr Rd and Moray St, New Farm. Tel: 3254 1342.
Back out west, Caffe Primavera has been around for the past 16 years, which is a remarkable feat in this industry. The reason behind its success is consistently excellent quality food in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Picks from the breakfast menu includes the walnut sourdough with avocado, semi dried tomato, feta and basil, as well as the home made savoury mince.
For lunch and dinner, we love the duck confit on pan fried ricotta gnocchi with portabello mushrooms and pancetta. For a lighter option, the smoked salmon croquettes with watercress, avocado and a tarragon tartare is truly satisfying.
Primavera is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with a good array of wines on offer as well as the option of BYO.
667 Oxley Rd, Corinda. Tel: 3379 2000.