There’s something to be said about hearty, home cooked meals. Not only are they comforting, slightly nostalgic, and filling in a way that a degustation just isn’t, home cooking is seriously delicious.
The only problem, though, is that last part; the actual cooking it yourself part. It’s a whole do-it-yourself process—and don’t even get us started on the dishes!
It was during this internal dilemma that we realised that we didn’t actually need to cook ourselves. Heck, not with Spicers Balfour’s stunningly delicious line up of home-style meals created at their restaurant, Balfour Kitchen.
Nestled away in the tree-lined streets of New Farm sits Balfour Kitchen (in an Art Deco-style, historic Queenslander, no less). The site features quite the attributes for a neighbourhood kitchen: there’s a rooftop bar with panoramic views out across rusted Queenslander roofs and Story Bridge, a frangipani tree-lined courtyard, and a gorgeous restaurant dishing up the kind of food you tell yourself you’ll make at home from scratch, but (be honest here) you can’t be arsed.
We stopped by for breakfast at Spicers Balfour, and fell so deeply in love we came right back for dinner. Call us gluttons—it was fabulous!
Breakfast is quite the affair at Spicers. Think classic, home-cooked staples, plated up to the nines. We opted for the dippy eggs (paired with hot smoked salmon, asparagus, and buffalo curd) which was the perfect blend of nostalgia and something a little bit special. Come to Balfour Kitchen ready for a high-end twist on your faves, in a way only a neighbourhood kitchen can do. The ‘avo toast’ here is also delicious, and a far cry from the basic breakfast you’re familiar with; think fresh avocado, quinoa, spinach, chargrilled corn, heritage tomatoes, pickled shallot, and piquillo pepper vinaigrette. Wow.
Breakfast at Spicers Balfour is incredible, but dinner really is something else. We started off with the chef’s favourite ham hock terrine with pickled celery; light, palate cleansing, and delicious. For main, we couldn’t go past the pork belly with pumpkin puree, and cucumber pickle with a side of house cut fries, and coal grilled cos lettuce with peas, green beans and capers. The verdict? Comforting dishes cooked to moreish perfection. Yum!
The chocolate brownie with snickers ganache (yeah, you read right!) and rice custard ice cream was calling to us, so of course we couldn’t say no! It is as good as it sounds, trust us.
Swing by for breakfast, lunch, high tea, or dinner to try Spicers Balfour’s incredible new menu.
Image credit: Hayley Williamson
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