Forty West Cafe – Ripley


Enticing comfortable couches overlook the even more enticing playground.   Sit back, chill and relax whilst the little ones release some of that seemingly endless supply of energy.

We recently stopped by here for breakfast and were impressed with the setting, food, plus very friendly staff.   If you’re not particularly child orientated, visit early in the morning, we were among the first for breakfast which gave us a very tranquil relaxed start to the day.


Its not a huge breakfast menu, but then I dont believe you need one if you can have something covering most tastes.  

Hubby was very keen on the bubble and squeak, adding a side of cheese kransky.  Hes still talking about this meal, so definitely this dish was a winner!   Food here was fresh and tasty.   Presentation of this dish had the bubble n squeak tucked underneath the juicy sausages and fresh eggs.


A reasonable selection of drinks too, the nice touch for me being the mint fusion tea which was tea leaves and not tea bags.    For later in the day, alcoholic drinks are on offer as well.


Avocado & feta smash with a side of deliciously juicy mushrooms made for a very pleasant start to the day.

Thank you to the friendly staff here,  Even a staff member coming in to start their shift, took the time to chat on the way past.    Turning on the outside heaters was no problem at all and offered to us as soon as we arrived.

Take the time to stop by, either with the children or just to kick back and relax.  Enjoy!

Bribe Island – South East Queensland

Brisbane winter weather can be absolutely stunning.  Beautiful clear warm days without the summer humidity, lend themselves to exploring the great outdoors.

On this particular recent winter day, a visit to this interesting piece of beauty, seeped in history, was a most enjoyable experience. Here you could feel the light breeze, soak up the stunning scenery and explore the different areas dotted across the island. Since 1963, when the bridge was built to connect Bribie with the mainland, accessing the island became an easy drive for Brisbane and surrounding area residents.

We found a meandering little walkway. siting between some lucky residences and a bird sanctuary.   A couple of hides had been built along the way to enable you to spend sometime viewing the different bird species as they mingled near the waters edge.

At the end of the track lies a waterway giving local residents access to the bay.  Sun rays danced across the glistening blue water,, highlighting the moving reflections stretched across the mirroring water.

Explore the different areas across the island, there is plenty to see and do.  A number of  cafes and other venues, leave you plenty of choice to enjoy a relaxing bite to eat.

On this occasion, we stopped by the Blue Anchorage, situated near the jetty, for a pleasant lunch.

With a choice of inside, outside dining and table service, the venue was a lovely place to wile away some time,

Enjoy your visit to Bribie Island, its an easy drive from Brisbane.  In fact from Northside you will do this in well under an hour.  Always nice to visit on on a weekday as weekends can be busy out here, with everyone trying to enjoy a slice of heaven on earth.

Carseldine Roadhouse

An impromptu visit to the Carseldine Roadhouse recently, was in no way disappointing.  Part of the Caltex complex on Gympie Road, the final Brisbane service station stop on the main road out of the city heading north, 

Enjoy the Roadhouse restaurant atmosphere here, whilst you maintain expectancy to indulge in a good hearty meal.


Dropping in for breakfast, the simple all day menu still gave enough choice for us both to enjoy a meal.  Staff were friendly and efficient, with not too much of a wait before meals were delivered to the solid wooden table.  

Bursting with flavour, the Italian omelette was my choice today.  Certainly a bigger meal than expected and not one that would leave you hungry afterwards.   


Hubby’s choice was the Grill breakfast with an added extra or two.  The only problem he had was making his way to the end! 

All food was fresh and nicely cooked, without being overdone or tough.   It was a pleasant start to the day,  partaking of the good quality food at the Roadhouse.

Open 7 days with other meal choices available, and some specials available, stop in before you leave Brisbane, or just drop by if you’re in the area looking for a reasonably priced hearty meal.  We were told Thursdays have good specials šŸ‘.  We will have to check that out sometime.


And those large cups on the menu are exactly what they say!

Lakeview and Mandys on the Mountain Restaurants, Mecure Clear Mountain

Beautifully located on the side of Clear Mountain, with incredible vistas to the side and front, you will find the Mecure Clear Mountain Resort.   Two restaurants are onsite.  One being the general Lakeview restaurant boasting a wide wrap around verandah area giving you a choice of indoor or outdoor dining.

The second is the adults only dinner restaurant Mandy’s on the Moutain.  Menus are similar and simplistic, in a good way.  We enjoyed a lunch at Lakeview on a balmy weekend day, followed by an intimate dinner at Mandy’s, with a backdrop of wine, and nightcaps on the balcony overlooking the evertwinkling Brisbane & surounds lights.

This soft shell tempura crab lunch special, was incredibly soft, with the light tempura giving some crispness to the dish.  Presentation was superb.

Pairing well with the stuffed jalapeƱo dish and delightful platter, lunch was most enjoyable.


With lunch definitely not disappointing, we were left wondering what delights would be in store for this evenings meal at Mandy’s..  

We had a lovely conversation with new restaurant managerduring lunch.  Interesting  to see new staff learning the ropes.  Certainly no complaints from us regarding staff, everyone we came across was friendly and helpful.

Natural oysters displayed on a bed of salt with crisp lime slices,  provided that wonderful raw seafood flavour to the tastebuds.  They were also a perfect starter to our dinner at Mandy’s on the Mountain.Crispy duck was my dinner choice.  Never have I eaten such a delectably soft duck.  With a crunch on the outside, the inside meat simply fell apart and melted in the mouth.Hubby declared his bangers and mash to be superb.  Apparently a very enjoyable dish.Why not finish with a dessert?  This tiramisu with pistachio ice cream, finished off hubby’s meal with that taste of sweet, but not too sweet.  Again service here was superb.

There is no doubt we will be going back to either of these restaurants. To combine this wonderful food, with the atmosphere, views and service, why would we not return!  Look forward to our next visit.

Dragonfly Restaurant – Eden Gardens Carseldine

Situated on the busy corner intersection connecting Beams & Gympie Roads, lies the Eden Gardens. Browse the gardening, landscape and homewares or treat yourself to meal or drink break at the Dragonfly Restaurant.

Local wildlife enjoy the comfortable safe environment, which adds to your relaxing entertainment for the duration of your stay.

Today’s choice for lunch was two of the delectably described salads.   Once you have selected your meals and or drinks, head up to the counter for pay & order.     

The first meal delivered by a very pleasant staff member, was the Avocado Caesar which not only looked superb, but I’m told was most enjoyable.Choosing the Pork Belly salad I was not disappointed.  Juicy pork belly, married beautifully with the soft, slippery noodles and combination salad.   


A very enjoyable meal, nice fresh food and beautiful setting.  Certainly a lovely place to enjoy lunch.

With an intriguing selection of cakes and desserts as well as cold drinks and coffees, you are likely to find something nice here to treat yourself.   Enjoy!

The Rabbit Hole – Seven Hills, Brisbane

2016 draws to a close with many ‘last for the year’ things happening.   Today, was the last for this year, Sunday Brekky Challenge with our group.

Chosen venue, The Rabbit Hole, located on Brisbanes southside at Seven Hills.   Many areas to choose from with dining set up outside and inside.We had a nice outside table with friendly staff quick to show you to your seat and deliver water to the table.

Drinks and meals are ordered and paid for inside, other than that though, the rest is table service.   Everything is delivered to your table and cleared once finished.  Nice to see too the pepper grinder come out with a staff member once you have your meals served.

Some lovely sounding options on the all day brekky menu, now its just a matter of deciding what you want.   Hubbys choice today was to be the build your own breakfast, choosing bacon, haloumi and chipolatas to accompany his savoury mince.

Quite a substantial meal!   Potato hash cakes, also with a side of savoury mince, was  another meal enjoyed at our table.  Again quite a hearty meal in itself.    Those potato hash cakes look devine.


Based on the table recommendation, I opted for the omelette, with two of these chosen by our group.   Now I thought the other meals were generous, however these omelettes were packed.   With a side of smashed avocado making a nice cooling touch against the spicy homemade relish, my omelette was complete.  Here’s the initial presentation….Now check out what was inside!

Definitely an impressive omlette!   My touch was to spread some relish and avocado inside then fold it over again.   Yum!

Lovely looking cocktail list and lunch/dinner menus here too, making it worth a visit any time of the day.  To be honest, we say it would be a nice place to kick back on an afternoon over a meal and couple of quiet drinks.   Handy for those who live in the area too.

Check this one out, I don’t think you will be disappointed!   Oh and perhaps you can finish with a dessert brekky plate, like the guys did….would have loved to have tried these pancakes but just too full!

The Jetty Oxford – Bulimba

Immediately next to the Bulimba Ferry terminal, you will find The Jetty Oxford.  Enjoy the ferry ride across the Brisbane river, hop off and indulge in a meal at The Jetty, or visit via road access.

Today was a Sunday breakfast.   Time to taste something from the menu choices on offer.My choice for today’s email was the Mushroom Verge.   Presented with two appealing eggs, reealing a mere hint of the crispy bacon below, atop juicy mushrooms,  partnered with a delightfully tangy lime spinach, all resting on a sourdough slice.   The pop of lime set off the juicy mushrooms and crispy bacon nicely.   A most enjoyable dish.

Hubbys choice today was the scrambled chilli eggs, accompanied by pork sausage and a little extra in the two potato to herb cakes, which we were told were pretty awesome.  Hubby did not disagree.  Obviously quite enjoyable as the plate was very clean when it left the table!

 How appealing does this plate of tantilising ricotta pancakes look?   Judging by the way the dish quickly disappeared, one can only assume it hit the mark!   With a presentation which set the tastebuds salivating, these pancakes did not stand a chance!

A mention must go to the staff here, not only friendly, helpful but also with a sense of humour.  Something which always helps to enhance the dining experience.   

With some wonderful little areas, both outside and in, there is plenty of seating choice amongst the industrial mix style of this venue.   Stop by for a visit, it’s most definitely a fantastic place to wile away some time.   Those wonderful looking bar stools along the front of the open bar, looked most inviting!  

Kettle & Tin

Close to Brisbane CBD, whilst tucked away in one of Brisbanes earliest suburbs, lies Kettle & Tin.     Paddington was first settled in the 1860’s, which resulted in an array of workers cottages and Queenslanders.  One of these Queenslander style homes, has been converted into an inviting hub named Kettle & Tin.


Outside seating morphs easily into the large inside area, with a charming warmth of days gone by, retained.   Dotted throughout the area are reminders of a bygone era.  Here a kettle, there a minature, but useful, wooden crate, everywhere something to see.

As the chill of an early morning winter starts to bite, the inviting warmth of this cafe would be difficult to resist.  Couple this, with the genuine smiles from attentive staff, you now have a combination which tempts you in.

To the absolute delight of hubby, today’s breakfast menu was an all day menu, which could only mean one thing.  He was going to enjoy a burger, for breakfast, with fries or onion rings.   Why?  Because he could, it was that simple.

Burgers not being my breakfast of choice, I opted for banh xeo, otherwise known as a Vietnamese crepe.  Filled with pork prawns and herbs, this crepe sounded inviting.

Presented with the black ground, making the green and crepe colours pop from the plate, the banh xeo arrived at the table, along with my side choice of mushrooms.    I would have to say the crepe itself was one of the nicest I have tasted.  The filling was mainly bean sprouts with a few pork and prawns woven into the crepe.  Personally, I would have preferred more pork and prawns, however, overall this was an enjoyable dish.


Aah the burger.  With double patty plus a fried egg, Hubby was in raptures with his choice, drooling over ever mouthful.   His final choice of onion rings over fries was definitely a winner.  These lightly battered delights played music upon ones tastebuds.  I did manage to try one them sneak in another, however Hubby was not prepared to give up too many of these little wonders!

Check out the omelette!  Oozing Brie, partnered with a side of bacon, this dish was well enjoyed by a friend at our table who savoured every morsel.

For those who have followed earlier blogs, you would have picked up on Hubbys taste for caramel lattes.   Well he has a new quest now.  Recently introduced to chai latte, his mission is now to find the best.   Apparently the iced chai latte he tried here, was a very good start to his list of favourites.  

Take some time to linger at Kettle & Tin, there’s always something to see on Latrobe Terrace.  Including Locals popping in for takeaway coffees, which meant a ride to the shop for some lucky canines, eagerly watching for their masters whilst guarding the wheels outside.  

 Keep in mind with this one too, street parking can be limited, however followed the driveway down the side of the building to an expansive gravelled parking area.  

Next time round I’m trying that omelette……..

Shouk Cafe – Paddington

  Brisbane in the spring.  Who doesn’t love the fabulous jacaranda! This was part of our view from the balcony at Shouk cafe.  Fully enclosed, yet high enough to still offer a nice view  whilst you enjoy breakfast.  Relaxed and unrushed, as well as wry enjoyable. One could not enjoy this brekky setting.  This fabulous carrot/ginger/apple juice was very popular at our table and, I’m told was superb.. Now this wasn’t my choice today as I chose the Egyptian iced tea.  With a hint of what I suspect was rose water, the iced tea was most refreshing, a great kick start to the day. To say there is a relaxing atmosphere in a cafe, which is so obviously popular,sounds a little cliche.  However, even though there were numerous patrons, staff were relaxed, friendly, helpful, and most of all, appeared unrushed.  After many years spent in hospitality, I really do appreciate relaxed, yet efficient staff.  Well done to all the staff, impressive.  My choice today was avocado on toast with a side of smoked salmon.  Very happy I chose the half serve, this was more than enough for me!  Loved the meal, it was superb. ‘The Jackson’ is Shouk’s version of a big breakfast.  Now I’m told this was devine, every bite.  Other meals included the latke stack which was potato cakes pancake style, with cream cheese and a choice of bacon, salmon or haloumi. Around the Paddington area of Brisbane there are a number of cafes.  Many of which we are yet to visit.  There are a couple here which we enjoy revisiting , this cafe, could well  join the list. Take some time to check it out, I very much doubt you will be disappointed.šŸ‘

Next Door Kitchen & Bar – South Brisbane

You really are spoilt for choice in the Southbank/South Brisbane area.  We have visited a myriad of eateries in this precinct, some on numerous occasions.   However, this visit, we chose a new venue.  Next Door Kitchen & Bar.  The view from inside or outside the restaurant is eye-catching in itself.  Pops of colour along the Southbank walkway hang about in front of the city skyline.

Menu choice for breakfast, had enough to cover a variety of tastes, not an extensive menu, but enough.  One at our table chose the ‘Tommy Gun, It’s loaded’ meal, all the while declaring ‘I won’t eat the BlackPudding…’   Well apparently the black pudding was fine, nothing like he thought it would be.  

 
I’m not usually too tempted with smoothies and juices, only because I do find they have a tendency to make me feel full and not enjoy an actual meal.  However, on this occasion, the celery, spinach, kale and cinnamon mix sounded different and tempting.  Let’s give it s go!  Quite refreshing, mainly tasting like celery and cinnamon.  Not too bad really, although, for my personal taste the cinnamon was a bit over powering. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this, as I definitely did.

Staff here were friendly, attentive and happy to assist.   My choice of the Filled field mushroom was not ever going to disappoint. A delightfully presented and enjoyable dish.

Look forward to returning to this venue  in the future.  Perhaps we should be looking at an apartment in this area, hmmm, one would be spoilt for dining and activity choice!

Check out the scrambled egg & salmon dish below,  another delightful meal.    Keep up the good work…!