Named after an old Sicilian word meaning a little shop selling food, wine and household items, Putia in Banyo has single-handedly modernised the café scene in this historic Brisbane suburb.
Opened by celebrity chef Dominique Rizzo, Putia makes the most of home-grown seasonal produce with its range of thoughtfully crafted dishes.
From the breakfast menu, we tried the grilled halloumi with Moroccan spiced carrot hummus, poached egg on wholemeal homemade flatbread with rocket and grilled lime.
The array of tastes in this dish complimented each other wonderfully. The spiced carrot hummus was so tasty, it’s now hard to go back to the standard old supermarket dip after tasting this.
The grilled lime was a really nice touch, highlighting the thought and effort that went into this dish.
We also ordered the Putia big breakfast, with Black Forest bacon, fried eggs, potato beignet, house red wine and rosemary beef sausage, field mushrooms, roasted tomato, house relish, baked beans and sourdough.
This breakfast was big in terms of both size and flavour, with hardly any fat in the tasty red wine and rosemary sausage. The potato beignet was ridiculously creamy on the inside while keeping lovely and crisp on the outside.
Other breakfast items include a strawberry and feta bruschetta with a summer garden breakfast salad, topped with a white balsamic dressing.
For anyone with a sweet tooth, there are also ricotta pancakes with roasted stone fruits, Turkish delight sauce and crème fraiche.
Lunch is also served at Putia, with midday offerings including lemongrass and kaffir lime prawns with a wombok slaw, avocado, mango chutney and house flat bread. If you’re not on a first date, there are also honey mustard braised beef short ribs with a rocket and raddish salad and garden herbs.
To wash everything down, we tried one of the fresh blended juices with pineapple, ginger, spinach, linseed, turmeric and coconut water. This was as refreshing as it was healthy, and was the perfect addition to a bacon and egg breaky.
Coffees are available here, as is an impressive range of herbal teas which can come hot or cold. We liked the sound of the pina colada tea, or the liquorice mint brew.
A range of fresh cakes, slices and savoury baked items line the front counter, making it difficult to escape without taking a roadie with you.
Dining at Putia is a relaxed affair, with extra friendly staff and a casual al fresco seating area.
Putia can be found at 4 /17 Royal Parade, Banyo, which is a stone’s throw away from Banyo train station. It is open for breakfast and lunch from Wednesday to Sunday, and for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.