Brickworks- Spendelove Bistro & Bar

—–31st Dec 2013 —–

A wonderful cafe; chocolate sweets store; coffee shop that sells aromatic beans from around the world; a trendy store that sells all my favourite brands like elk, polli and Aesop; a florist; fresh seafood store with a Japanese sushi store attached; a butcher; a baker; (a candlestick maker?) a deli; an ice-cream store and Wheel and Barrow all in one area. Needless to say, if I lived in QLD I would be at Brickworks all the time.

The first stop before we bought all the essentials for a NYE BBQ was breakfast at Spendelove Bistro & Bar. It is best not to buy food when you’re really hungry, so it is the smarter way to shop. I browsed for something a little different on the breakfast menu and our friend reminds us all before we order that we are going to Sizzler for lunch so this was just to whet our appetites.

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Chai latte ($4.20). A really smooth and creamy chai latte topped with a lot of nutmeg.

20131231-172500.jpgBanana pancakes caramelized banana, maple syrup ice cream ($17.90). I don’ know how long the pancakes had been sitting at the counter for, but needless to say it was a while judging by the melted ice-cream puddle.

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20131231-172520.jpgZucchini and haloumi fritters with lemon, smashed avocado on turkish bread ($16.90) mushrooms ($4.00 extra).20131231-172531.jpg

Cheese souffle three cheese souffle tomato chutney, spinach, chargrilled bacon, crispy speck, confit tomato ($19.50). I have never in my brunching years have ever seen a menu item like this. The soufflé was warm, delicate and cheesy. Mixing the soufflé with spinach and some salty pork was a really good mouthful. I preferred the speck over the bacon because it was something different and was much crispier. Even though the aim was not to get full, I would expect to at least be a little full after paying almost twenty dollars.

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The cheesy interior.20131231-172556.jpg

Kids pancakes buttermilk pancake topped with maple syrup and ice cream ($12.00). The pancakes were nice and I would probably prefer the kid’s pancake over the OTT adult version which was $5 more for some banana.

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I really love the space here and while I was at the cafe, the staff were really friendly. They had a great extensive breakfast menu but some items will fill you more than others.

Venue: Spendelove cafe

Address: Shop 11, 107 Ferry Road Market, The Brickworks, Southport, QLD

Phone: (07) 5527 0255

Website:http://www.spendelove.com.au/

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Versace high tea re-run

A new year begins and I find myself sitting at the glamorous Versace Hotel at Main Beach QLD a year later. I don’t plan to make this an annual event, it was just a happy coincidence.

Couture High Tea (basic high tea with no alcohol) $48.00 pp. It was ok, better than your average high tea.It is mostly just novelty to sit on Versace chairs near the beautiful lobby, eat with Versace cutlery on Versace plates. The selection of sweets are definitely better than last year. $30 for valet parking if you just want to roll up and not worry about parking. See my previous experience here.

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A selection of sweets including macarons, meringues, mysterious waffle cones, cake pops, mango (?) tart and a chocolate and passionfruit cake.20140101-163728.jpg

Middle tier~

Plain scones and fruit scones, double cream, savoury quiche, a jelly cream dessert, a variety of olives and a very indulgent salted caramel tart.

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Bottom tier~

A selection of sandwiches and crisp bread with a sun-dried tomato dip.20140101-163744.jpg

Each High Tea set comes with a tea or a coffee. I chose ‘Prince of Wales’ tea to be a bit different from the norm, Russian Caravan was also supposed to be good.

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I always end on savoury when I can help it, it doesn’t matter if I’m at an all you can eat restaurant, fine dining or high tea. It does get a little sweet towards the end and you might pass out due to a food coma with all the tea so I do suggest leaving a little sandwich or something for the end. Don’t be afraid to ask for more cream/jam/dip, the staff are friendly and are too willing to help.

Notes~

You don’t need to book if there are less than 6 people. 11am – 5pm daily.

 

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