Feel like you’ve been to every café and restaurant in the city? Try something different this weekend, and head out to one of these awesome suburban treasures. The locals love them, and you will too!
Set amidst the swanky confines of the Eagle Farm Racecourse, The Precinct is an elegant venue filled with plush armchairs, decorative brickwork, and utterly incredible food. You’ll have a hard time choosing from their impressive menu, so we suggest the Beetroot Haloumi Stack. It’s sourdough toast topped with dukkah, haloumi cheese, poached eggs, and a gorgeous house-made beetroot puree. The food of champions!
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Smoked Paprika is a spacious, airy cafe with a striking black-chrome motif. It serves up a rich selection of Australian and Eastern European delights, including various extravagant cakes that will satisfy even the sweetest tooth. But if you’re there for brekkie, you can’t go past the Organic Black Quinoa Porridge, with berries, coconut, Greek yoghurt, almond milk and proper Manuka honey. It’s so delicious you won’t even remember it’s healthy! Plsu, Dramanti supplies the coffee, so you know you’re in good hands there.
“We really enjoyed Smoked Paprika after heading there for a late breakfast. Must try a different cup of coffee than just the house blend to really get a taste of something special. The organic black quinoa porridge with almond milk, berries and yoghurt was just delicious and a healthy treat while keep a look out for their special boards for some tasty options. Would go back here in a heartbeat!” – brisbanefoodnerds
Thanks to the efforts of renowned chef Jason Booth, Famished on Frasers has quickly claimed the title of Ashgrove’s premier foodie hotspot. It whips up a heady mix of modern Australian goodness, including a slow-cooked confit duck with salted cashews, orange curd and pickled radish. Plus, the staff is attentive, the vibe is buzzing, and every dish comes to the table looking like a work of art. You’d think you were in a fancy inner-city restaurant, all without leaving the ‘burbs!
“Can always rely on a tasty, filling and exciting cafe meal at Famished. The staff are bubbly and work quickly. The brekky bagel is so sooooo good. The choc/peanut butter milkshake works well to satisfy a sweet tooth but very rich. Lovely for a mid-morning catch up especially if you snag a seat in the sun.” – Little Foody 2 Shoes
From the stained-glass windows to the classic red phone box outside, The Flying Nun Cafe is a charmingly eclectic spot. Red walls, wicker seats and striking artwork all add something unique, and the menu’s not half bad either. Go for the Pan-Fried Parisian Gnocchi, which comes with forest mushrooms, semi-dried tomatoes, Persian fetta, asparagus, and a dreamy sage beurre noisette. It’s sure to send your taste buds into overdrive.
“Have been here at least 15 – 20 times and every single time it’s been excellent coffee and excellent food. Couldn’t be happier with the service and friendly staff.” – Double A Auto
Apples on Ainsworth is a rustic, quirky joint with a real flair for interior design – not to mention organic food. The chairs are a collection of jumbled styles, and the shelves are lined with everything from floral teapots to antique birdcages. The menu is just as unique, so it’s tough to pick a favourite dish. But if you twisted our arm, we might have to throw our lot in with the Pita Pan – a tasty meal of pita bread, haloumi cheese, sundried tomatoes, aioli and spinach. After all, haloumi’s always a winner!
“Apples on Ainsworth is a funky little cafe in the back streets of suburbia. The staff are lovely, and the food is fantastic. I recommend going there for breakfast on a weekend. It can get very busy! We go there with our dog (and sit at an outside table) almost every weekend! They have some amazing dishes, including breakfast burritos! Coffee and cake for morning tea is also a fabulous option :)” – JonAlishaRemi