When you step in to the cool interior of Annerley's Billy Kart Kitchen, it becomes clear that the Queenslander house's design was an inspired thing. The recent refurb' of this old corner store has seen the addition of polished wooden floors, and the subtraction of a few internal walls—better airflow, you see?—making it a cool reprieve from the dry, oppressive Queensland heat outside.
Add to that a collection of eclectic bric-a-brac lining the walls (we spied a vintage can of Brisbane Bitter), brightly painted VJ walls, plus a fresh, light menu, and you have one enjoyable, nostalgic walk down suburban Queensland memory lane.
Now, to borrow a somewhat antiquated phrase, down to brass tacks. The food. Like its surroundings, the menu is a relaxed, carefree, breezy number with various international culinary inflections.
We were eyeing off the gin, juniper and beet cured Ora King salmon with baby beets and dill, and the Aussie Asian eggs with king prawns, bacon and chilli from the weekend's all day breakfast menu (creatures of the night rejoice!).
The salumi with house made piccalilli—which was piquant and crunchtastic—was a winner, as was the spanner crab fettuccine (both from the after 12pm menu).
Extra-attentive wait staff, and a super relaxed vibe make this little café feel very homely; 3 hours can go by before you know it!
Open bright and early (7am) Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch—and Friday night for dinner from the 15th of November—Billy Kart Kitchen also serves up TUL faves Campos Coffee, alongside Banneton Bakery bread, milk and newspapers, paying homage to the location's pedigree as a corner store. How's that for good ol' fashion service?
Hidden gems in suburban heartland are all the rage at the moment, and if you aren't lucky enough to live around the corner from this one, then it's definitely worth the drive.
Image Credit: Desta Cullen