Graceville’s Goodness Gracious and Picnic Camp in Camp Hill are both icons of the Brisbane breakfast scene with their creative twists on classic brekkie favourites. Now, a third venue from the team behind the two epic cafes is here to vie for the position of favourite, with Picnic West End blessing us with a whole new Sunday morning hang out to try.
Just opened, the second Picnic location is far from a carbon copy of the popular Camp Hill spot. With its own stand out menu and sleek, open dining space nestled in West End’s fabulous West Village, it’s an utterly unique experience, and one you’ll want all over your ‘gram. With high ceilings and an abundance of light streaming through the wall of windows facing Boundary Street, the venue features globe lighting, natural pine furnishings and aqua finishes complimented by an abundance of greenery. The cafe is serving up everything from your morning coffee or smoothie to boozy cocktails, but the kitchen is really where the magic happens with the ex-chef from Plentiful making creative concoctions in the new set up.
Picnic West End is serving breakfast until 2pm, meaning you won’t miss out on their brekkie even if you have a little bit of a sleep in. The signature dish on their breakfast menu is definitely the Wagyu Scotch egg, a flavour overload accompanied by a house pickled salad, bearnaise sauce, avocado, hash browns, kimchi-inspired dressing and piccolo. Other must-tries (so you will need to go back more than once) include the pork bulgogi benny featuring mushroom leek potato croquettes, pork bulgogi and hollandaise sauce, and the Stacks On Stacks cream cheese pancakes. Somehow managing to be both dense and chewy and perfectly fluffy, they come topped with fruit salsa, berry compote, pistachio praline, salted caramel sauce, ice cream and lemon balm to create the perfect moreish pancake stack.
You’ll also find a far-from-boring lunch menu on offer, featuring the likes of a lemongrass teriyaki bacon salad and the Spice Bae chicken burger served with shoestring fries. Looking for a late afternoon snack? From 2pm-4pm you can order up plates of small bites like halloumi chips, popcorn chicken and sweet potato fries, best paired with something a little boozy from their drinks menu. The hours are likely to expand to some nights once they get settled in, but for now you can lock in cocktail-filled afternoons as you test out the Biscoff martini (it’s amazing) made with milk, Irish cream, coffee liqueur, Biscoff spread and lotus crumbs or try the slushie-esque vodka, lemonade, lavender syrup and blueberry loaded Lady Lavender.
Something else to look forward to is literal picnics, which will be available in the near future. The plan is that you’ll be able to order and collect your (no doubt delicious) grazing platter from Picnic and take it across the path to enjoy amongst the gorgeous West Village gardens. Let’s be real, who doesn’t love a picnic? Especially amongst West Village’s stunning outdoor area, which if you haven’t checked it out lately, is a serious vibe.
So long story short, you’re going to want to head to West Village stat to try out the new kid on the block. Find out everything you need to know here.
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