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 jalapeño 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.👍

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…!

Matthew Thomas Cafe- Sandgate

 Standing proudly between residential housing, Matthew Thomas Cafe, on Eagle Street Terrace Sandgate enjoys a fabulous tree filtered view across the bay.   Should you be able to tear yourself away from the interesting wares on display and for sale, you will be sure to find something of interest on this menu.   Plenty of choice on the breakfast menu, with the option of continuing to choose a breakfast item for lunch if you so desire.

 Choose your meals, order & pay at the counter, then sit back, relax, soaking in the ambiance  whilst you await your chosen delights.  Table service here was good with everything delivered without any real delay.  Staff were also polite and unobtrusive.

Today my choice was The Onesie.  One each of poached egg, corn fritter, zucchini fritter, one rasher of bacon and avocado, all delivered onboard a sourdough base.  Sided with my added extra of roasted mushrooms, I would have to say, this was a most enjoyable fulfilling breakfast. 

All of the meals were enjoyed, with no complaints.  This included the colourful array of smoothies and coffees delivered to the table.   Even though the tea selection was limited, to few teabag choices, the delivery of  the tea did create a point of interest, with this regal looking cup & saucer combination below. 

One of the dishes on our table, was definitely an indulgent breakfast choice, fit for royalty.

Freshly made waffles, topped with vanilla bean gelato, banana, strawberries, drizzled with maple syrup, topped with a dusting of icing sugar and grated chocolate.    Definitely an appealing looking and tasting dish. Sandgate foreshore is always a nice area for a drive, perhaps while you’re enjoying the sea breeze, the hunger pains might see you checking out this interesting cafe.   With fabulous bay vistas directly across the road, you are bound to enjoy your time at this little slice of Sandgate.  

 

Shutter & Brew, Wavell Heights, Brisbane

Hidden in the suburbs, lives a delightful cafe by the name of Shutter & Brew.  

 
Perhaps the photo above will give you a hint as to the origins of the word shutter.   Yes the cafe is based around a photography theme, however you do not need to be a photographer to visit this intriguing venue.

Our visit was for breakfast.  Now I will admit, this would have to be one of, if not the cheapest breakfast ever.   Mine totalled $13 for breakfast and tea.   

 
This smashed avocado on toast, with homemade relish, was a simplistic, yet fulfilling breakfast. Great way to start the day.  Actually that’s a big accolade given I’m not a relish loving person, but this one, yes, loved it!

The menu here is simple, not extensive, just a few items, however all are wonderfully presented. 

 
Quite refreshing in a way to come across such a simple, yet satisfying menu.


This toasted sandwich is a lot bigger than it looks in the photo.   Definitely way larger than your normal slice of bread.

 It’s winter, and you’re presented with this as your hot chocolate choice, complete with large tin mug.  First thoughts?  Wow!  How awesome is this!

Feeling somewhat guilty the other half was working on the weekend, whilst I was out exploring with family, I had to buy a cupcake to take home.

 
Simple affair really, just a a little Oreo cupcake……  Apparently quite tasty to eat,  I was told👍.

If you would like to learn photography, you can book a lesson or two here.  Take some time to browse the old photography manuals too, or check the photo display.  The interior of the shop, definitely makes up for the lack of view outside!

I highly recommend you check this cafe out, you won’t be disappointed!  Seek it out, worth a visit!

Willow & Spoon, Wilston, Brisbane

Nested in between residential, older style Queenslanders, Willow & Spoon is a unexpected surprise.   Eclectic, mismatched, relaxed and interesting, this cafe has it all.   

From the outhouse at the bottom of the garden to the choice of dining in either the intimate interior, or the more expansive outdoor seating at the rear of the building, this place does not disappoint.

Somehow the somewhat different mix of everything, works.   It really does.

Menus arrived attached to old LP’s, perhaps that’s why the meals arrived in record time…….😃. !
 What better way to start your day than with a refreshing juice.   The dull green hue of the Kiwifruit & Apple juice, was offset by the bright, sunshine look of the carrot juice.

 

The Tuscan was my menu choice today.  Homemade muffins were the base for the poached eggs and tomato relish, accompanied by my extra of mushrooms. A delightful dish, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

  
Bright yellow cornbread was the added choice on The Willow meal of bacon & eggs.   I did have a taste of the cornbread which was wonderfully soft and tasty.
 
Hubby’s breakfast above, was Notorious.   A belly warming sirloin, onion gravy, mushrooms, eggs and Turkish toast.  This definitely hit the right spot too.

 

As explained in their brief history on the menus, the menu here changes frequently.   A plus which helps to keep everyone’s interest.  

 Themed dinners occur monthly here too.   You might want to check one out – I think we will be sometime soon.   After all, the Italian night which was drawing near, sounded good value at $45 per person for three courses.

Take a drive down Newmarket Roaf and visit this interesting cafe, with wonderful friendly service, which has just been voted best cafe in Brisbane!   

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