Brisbane needs more places like Brew.
Located in Burnett Lane in Brisbane’s CBD, they serve coffee and lunch during the day and transform into a bar come nightfall. Although situated at the end of quite a dingy little alleyway in the city, this actually adds to its appeal. The interior is fascinating and the quirky artwork gives you something to look at while you are waiting for your order to arrive.
I dragged the boyfriend to Brew on a Sunday at around noon for breakfast and coffee. We were absolutely famished and ended up ordering the corn fritters with haloumi, the “bigger breakfast” (eggs, chorizo, tomatoes, avocado and toast) and a side of grilled haloumi to share. I also ordered a soy latte. The boyfriend was very impressed with the selection of craft beers, and ordered a schooner of white rabbit.
Our food came after about 10 minutes, was full of flavour, and looked and tasted extremely fresh. The mix of herbs and spices that coated the grilled haloumi was particularly delicious. I was still attempting to finish my meal even after I was well and truly full and the boyfriend’s plate looked like it had been licked clean. It was that good. Everything on the menu is very reasonably priced, with our bill coming to exactly $50.00 for 3 dishes and 2 drinks.
The only thing that isn’t fabulous about Brew is the service. While none of the staff were outright rude to us, there was definitely a lack of friendliness and communication. No one greeted us as we arrived, and we were left to our own devices to find a table. After sitting there for 10 minutes without menus, we figured out that the menus were at the counter and that was where we needed to order. We stood at the register while several girls making coffee saw us but failed to acknowledge us, and continued with their tasks. I can honestly say it made me feel like I was bothering them.
Despite this minor flaw, Brew is a fabulous place to go for breakfast, coffee or tapas. The food is fresh and delicious, the prices are perfect and the place itself is captivating. Anywhere that I can order beers with my brekkie gets the tick of approval.
P: 07 3211 4242
Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City, QLD 4000
Emily Webster lives in Ashgrove and enjoys Audrey Hepburn movies, online shopping and reading art, design and lifestyle blogs. Her favourite meal is brunch and she is a self-proclaimed French toast expert.