I’ll have the grapefruit as well thank you…”
These are not normally words that pass my mouth when going out for a breakfast experience. But then this isn’t a ‘normal’ breakfast menu…I mean c’mon. Just look at THAT grapefruit.
Nestled away in suburbia among residential apartments on Oxlade Drive in New Farm is Double Shot owned and run by head chef Michael & businessman Ross. Housed in a renovated Queenslander next door to a hair salon it is an adorable, cozy nook for those seeking a simple but seriously interesting feed. The set up is quintessential Brisbane – with mostly outdoor seating and an open service area it’s an environment that allows you to leisurely sit and contemplate the world, catch up with friends and family or nip in for a takeaway enroute to start your day.
On this occasion I was lucky enough to share the foodie experience with Mama who had come up from the South for a short stay. After a brisk walk along the river we found we had worked up a bit of an appetite as well as an increasing need for a caffeine fix. After a lingering inspection of the glass cabinet goodies – pastries, tarts, slices, yoghurt with rhubarb compote (which I have previously tried and can recommend as a tasty, light and refreshing option), quiche, focaccias and sandwiches ready to be toasted, as well as the truly decadent and marvelous icing sugar dusted pain au amandes, flaky croissants and freshly made house muffins dotted with the leaking colour of blueberries sitting on top of the counter – we turned our attention toward the menu.
Filled with deliciously interesting items and broken into “Breakfast” and “Eggs & Other Stuff” the menu made for a saliva-inducing read. For a sweet tooth breakfaster my eyes were immediately drawn to dishes like House-toasted granola serves with fresh berries and creamy Greek yoghurt, Bircher muesli with banana and the Coconut Waffles. But then our eyes landed on the Grilled Grapefruit served with Greek yoghurt or ricotta finished with sweet rose syrup. Mama opted for the ricotta, and I?
I’ll have the grapefruit as well thank you…but with Greek yoghurt”.
Adding two coffees – a skinny cap for me and double shot (fitting!) for Mama – we perched ourselves at the outdoor bar table overlooking the footpath and street so we could watch the world pass us by. Walkers, cyclists, pets and prams were in abundance – not surprising, as it was another glorious Brisbane day. Our coffees then swiftly arrived and our attention turned to the creamy, full-bodied Veneziano roast. Rich in flavour and aroma and served at the perfect temperature it was a seriously good brew. So much so I may have to amend my list of Top 5 Coffee Spots in Brisbane…
We’d only just taken a few sips of our coffee when two of the most magnificent looking breakfast plates we’ve ever laid eyes upon were placed in front of us. Half a voluptuous ruby red grapefruit with a golden brown caramelised top sat on a plate littered with edible rose petals and drizzled with an aromatic syrup and light dusting of icing sugar. Mine also came with sliced banana on the side after a special request. It smelt heavenly – fresh, pungent, zingy citrus filled the nostrils – and it had the same sensory impact when it hit the tongue. The sweet caramelisation of brown sugar on top with the syrup counterbalanced the natural tartness of the grapefruit superbly. We both eagerly dug into the half fruit and slurped at the oozing juices, which were made thick and creamy by the Greek yoghurt (although I did try some of Mama’s ricotta and we agreed for this dish the latter is the way to go!).
Chef Michael has recreated this stereotypical ‘diet’ breakfast and turned it into a morning indulgence without the guilt. Words simply don’t do the food (sophisticated and different, yet completely unpretentious) or the service (über friendly, relaxed and accommodating) justice. Everyone should experience what a perfect start to the morning is like and I for one can’t wait to return to this peaceful spot for more delicious ‘trys’…
Would you start the morning with a grapefruit?