I’ve been hearing quite a bit of buzz lately about Willow and Spoon, a (relatively) new cafe on Samford Rd at Alderley. J and I finally got our act together, and decided to celebrate his birthday with brunch.
On arrival, we were led through the kitchen and out in what could be just about any suburban backyard in Brisbane. The tables and chairs were mismatched and quirky, there were toys for children and even a place to tie up your dog! Elmo would have loved to join us if he’d known!
We settled in to survey the menu while waiting for the rest of our rather large party to arrive. I was tickled to see the unusual options, and to read that the menu changes every month. Both are reasons I’ll be heading back for another visit.
It was hard to choose when there were options such as “la boheim” – a leek, ricotta and spinach filo with tomato mustard chutney, cress and sheep’s pecorino, or the “uuefs de canard” – scrambled free-range duck eggs with sweet tarragon and red pepper jam.
Finally, I settled on the “Voodoo chicken” – southern fried chicken, home-style beans, poached egg and (a rather spicy) papa gede salsa. I’m not normally one to have such a large meal for breakfast, but by this time it was close to 10am, and anything goes at brunch! This dish was sensational – the chicken was crumbed in a spicy, crunchy coating that wasn’t at all greasy. The beans were nothing like your SPC baked beans (not that I’m paying out that Australian diet staple).
As good as this dish was, I might have to return simply to try the “Sweet Jesus”. I had just a tinge of plate envy when this dish was set down in front of my sister-in-law. The “Sweet Jesus” is described as a frangipane bread and butter pudding, muscat pear, polenta and a white tea and vanilla syrup.
The birthday boy went for the “Twelfth Night” a beef wellington with mushroom, confit potato, poached egg and green peppercorn gravy. Rather than having a whole piece of beef wrapped inside the pastry, the beef had been slow-cooked and was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
We finished our meals, and were having such a nice time we ordered another round of coffees. The Blue Sky Coffee was delicious, although they need to work on the chai tea!
Full marks to Willow and Spoon – inventive and inviting.
Willow and Spoon
Shop 2, 28 Samford Rd, Alderley
Ph: 3113 3810