Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jacu Espresso

Jacu Espresso, Camp Hill
Recently, MXM has been very keen in playing tennis, so we caught up one day and fuel ourselves with caffeine and sugar prior to our tennis session. Haha! As we are both pretty amateur, we spent most of the time picking and collecting the balls...

Well, MXM took me to Jacu cafe in Camp Hill, and this cafe is situated at the junction of the main roads, with some parking spots available in the building. Unbeknownst to me, I just realised that 'Jacu' is a type of bird that eats on coffee beans which then poo the perfectly processed beans. Does that sound similar to 'kopi luwak'?


There were plenty of options to choose from and I had a difficulty time deciding. Finally, I just went ahead with the poached eggs, toasted Turkish fingers with housemade dukkah, while MXM had the brioche french toast with the whipped ricotta.

Poached eggs, toasted Turkish fingers, rocket with housemade dukkah - $12
My meal was very simple and I was not that impressed with it. The housemade dukkah was certainly the winner of the component of this meal but everything was just too simple. Overall, an okay dish.

Brioche french toast, anise roast peach, whipped ricotta, toasted almonds, cinnamon - $15
However, MXM's french toast was just too difficult to ignore. It came with slab of whipped ricotta sandwiched between the brioche french toast, drizzled with honey and cinnamon. I am not an experienced ricotta taster myself but it was just so delicious! I certainly envied his meal more than mine... 

As for its coffee, I thought it was pleasant and smooth. I would have to ask the expert opinion from MXM but overall a good cuppa of coffee.

Jacu Espresso seems like a nice addition to the neighbourhood.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gertrude and Mabel

Gertrude and Mabel, Woolloongabba
I enjoy my days off and one day, I took the time to visit my old neighbourhood in Dutton Park/Highgate Hill and I noted the small little cute cafe around the corner. Parking is available on the street parking and quite ample. Gertrude and Mabel is delicately decorated and I enjoyed the small little details like cloth napkins on the table.

Reading through the menu, there were only 6 breakfast options making elimination fairly easy. Finally I ordered the loukaniko (pork sausages) meal with a cup of flat white.

Flat white
Loukaniko on ciabatta, smashed peas, goats cheese and lemon mayo - $14
My flat white was quite good, but I was more distracted by my pork sausages meal. Who would have thought that sausages can be beautifully presented like that? I thoroughly enjoyed every element of the meal individually, and even better when I mixed the smashed peas with a piece of sausage with the mayo or the goat's cheese. Yum!

The service here is attentive and I think Gertrude and Mabel is certainly a gem in this neighbourhood. :)

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Jam Pantry

The Jam Pantry, Greenslopes
Nims, who used to own Comfort of My Table in Milton, recently opened a new cafe known as 'The Jam Pantry' in Greenslopes. Well, I have been following her through Instagram and the moment I knew she will be opening Jam Pantry, I tried to make time to visit her cafe. At least twice now!

On my first visit, I just returned from my rural placement for a couple of days off, and I took the opportunity to visit Jam Pantry. Parking can be difficult and it is only street parking that is available.

As soon as I walked into the cafe, I knew that I will have good home-cooked, comfort meals. Straying from their usual menu, I opted to browse through their 'flip chalk board' and chose 'The Fritters'.

Fritters with beetroot jam, bacon and asparagus
The fritters of that week was zucchini fritters with asparagus, bacon, poached eggs and beetroot jam. I was dumbfounded when I saw this meal coming to my table! It was rustically presented and the serving was generous. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of that meal and was very satisfied. Deliciousness! Kudos to the beetroot jam/relish!

Next time around, I brought the Mr to Jam Pantry. I tried my best to try other meals but since I enjoyed the fritters so much last time, I ordered it again. But this time, it was different. Hmm... It was okay this time around, and I do not have any recollection of the specific type of fritters (think it was sweet potato), with poached eggs, roasted tomatoes, spinach and  ?hummus. 


The Mr opted for 'The Whole Pantry', which consisted of fried eggs, sauerkraut, pork crackling and slow cooked pork shoulder. Gosh, the Mr had all the cracklings to himself while I tried nibbles of the remnants he gave me. I think this meal was all right.  He seemed to enjoy the fritters more than the Whole Pantry.

The Whole Pantry
As for our drinks, the Mr ordered the chai tea technically for me (because he knew I like chai), while I ordered a cuppa flat white. Both drinks were good, and the chai tea was sufficient for two people as well.

Chai tea with honey
Flat white
In my opinion, the Jam Pantry serves honest food that involves Nims' creations of relishes/jams with the current seasonal produce. There are certainly plenty of options to choose from whether you have a sweet tooth or savoury. I do enjoy the changing menu but will miss some of the favourites. It will certainly be a busy weekend spot and hopefully I will find seats next time!

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