On a lazy Sunday morning, an old friend of mine and I met for brunch to catch up. After hearing so much about it, we decided on Shucked, a hole-in-the-wall brekkie place behind the car yards in Newstead that boasts beautiful coffee.
Now, singing your own praises (loudly, might I add) about how good your coffee is can be a bit of a risk. The taste buds of Brisbanites have surely changed, with many a self-declared coffee connoisseur crawling out of the woodwork. I myself cannot profess to have this knowledge, but wow. The coffee really was something! Their house blend originates from Sydney speciality roaster, Mecca and is called The Dark Horse.
We arrived just before 10am, and despite the dreary weather outside, the place was packed. Shucked has a warm, cosy feel to it, with hanging 70s lights and mismatched retro wallpaper sectioned off along the walls inside. It has a homely unassured nature, with no two chairs or tables the same/that match. We managed to snag the last table in the semi-detached shed section, with an equally quirky feel to it. With rusted corrugated iron on one side and painted murals on the bricks on the other. It was obvious many didn’t mind braving the rain to wait for a seat, with couples, friends and families happy to stand around chatting.
With a penchant for eggs benny (I usually can’t resist if it’s on the menu), I had to go for The Three Monks – eggs benedict with wilted spinach, wood smoked salmon and hollandaise with a side of herbed mushrooms on toasted baguette. I’m not even kidding here… It was TO. DIE. FOR.
Renowned for its yummy food, this popular haunt is definitely worth checking out – just make sure you plan for a long breakfast or lunch as there can be a bit of a wait in peak times. Staff were lovely though and very friendly, so overall we were very impressed.
By Anna Beresford-Smith