When you work at The Urban List, there's a certain pressure to try something or somewhere different every time you…
- eat breakfast
- do lunch
- grab a coffee
- make plans for dinner
- go for a drink solo
- or preferably, go for a drink with friends.
As a New Farm resident, I'm still working my way around the suburb's ample breakfast fare. The latest mission was down to Pablo on Brunswick and Merthyr in Fortitude Valley – a few doors down from the 7/11, looking out onto Mitre 10. And may I say, I'd give this place an 8 or 9: a breakfast that's certainly among Brisbane's best.
It may not sound like the most salubrious of locations, but perched at a table street side I got swept up in the energy of the suburb as it prepared for the day – an IV injection of ambition without having to lift a finger to participate.
I sat back and relaxed with my latte while watching fellow New Farmians board the bus to work, and resolved to exercise vicariously through the visions in leaner-than-lycra that darted before my under-caffeinated eyes.
The Pablo menu is entirely refreshing. (NOTE: If one more person says "it's so Melbourne" I think I'll scream.) With not a poached egg in sight, they offer deliciously novel concoctions like smashed peas, zucchini and mint lavished over ricotta-spread sourdough; avocado on ciabatta improved only by haloumi and tomato salsa (plus crispy fried speck if you smile particularly charmingly); and the world's most delicious button mushrooms alongside an omelette stuffed with chevre and dill.
The coffee is good and arrives promptly, and the service is spot on – a big plus when it comes to my morning demeanour, je t'assure.
As for seating arrangements, the back room is a touch warm, though I can only imagine that will be a blessing within a week or two. But if you're up for the buzz of the passing traffic and refreshingly cool nose and hands, make a bee line for the teeny side verandah with its bar stools – my pick for the premium Pablo perch.
Where: Pablo is perched at 893 Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley, just beyond the intersection with Merthyr Road
Where else can you find some of Brisbane's best breakfasts? You could try our Brisbane Breakfast Round Ups, or if you're an oat afficianado, our rundown on Brisbane's Best Porridge is for you. (And yes, we agree... That is somewhat niche!)