If you like your cafes rustic, warm, and bespoke then you're going to love Tarragindi's latest contribution to the Brisbane food scene. Yes, sleepy old Tarragindi (on the inner South side for those of you not accustomed to straying much past the Gabba) is now home to Esher St Cafe and Deli. It's an instant neighbourhood favourite, and one look will tell you why.
Esher St. is the creation of local foodie, Sep, his partner Fergus from Alcove Cafe & Deli, coffee distributor, Jai and baker extraordinaire, Nikki who prepares all Esher St's cakes and pastries fresh on site. The team has literally built the cafe by hand, re-fitting the space with shelving and booths made from old palates, huge old industrial bobbins, and handmade cushions. There's eclectic seating out front among the plants for sale and a secret garden out back, perfect for sipping your coffee surrounded by leafy serenity.
The DIY spirit carries over into the deli, where home chefs can pick up ingredients featured on the cafe's menu to play with at home. There's also a beautiful range of goodies (produced by neighbourhood folks) on offer, including honey from hives in Annerley and the Secret Pantry line of relishes and conserves made by Faye—an Italian grandmother who lives just down the road.
The cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and, unlike most suburban cafes, is open until 4pm, 7 days a week. I love the fruit toast with macadamia butter and a pot of Malabar chic tea first thing in the morning, but for something heartier it's hard to go past the locally made Italian sausage, slow-cooked in tomato sauce and served with poached eggs and organic sourdough. If you're in for dessert the lemon white chocolate cheesecake is the stand out favourite, along with the Portuguese custard tarts on weekends.
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TUL Note: Catherine is a Brisbane-based blogger and purveyor of neo-traditional food, craft, and home-styling wares at The Spring Shop. For more recipes, DIY projects, style tips, and notes from around town, you can follow her at The Spring Blog.
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