I love a little West End adventure. No plans, no set direction, just take a wander and see where you end up. Usually these antics make the best of discoveries and in wonderful company with a fellow foodie, this couldn’t be more true!
From the moment you step inside Gunshop, the heritage building is buzzing with chatter and the enticing aromas of a bustling kitchen. Much of this could be down to the cafés reputation as one of West End’s most popular brunch spots, with award winning dishes lovingly prepared with impeccable fresh produce and outstanding flavour combinations. We were lucky enough to nab a table inside (a rarity on weekend I have heard!) to peruse the menu.. salivating might I add. Let me tell you the options are endless and painfully hard to choose.
After careful consideration, I opted for one of my trusty ol’ faves, avo on toast. This one was served on organic kamut bread with a hearty dollop of Barambah organic quark , lemon and sprinkled with flake salt. It was simplistic yet beautifully refined at the same time. We also tried sauteed swiss mushrooms on kamut with goats cheese and a interesting additon..dukkah! All topped with goat’s cheese and accompanied with mouth-watering asparagus, words can not describe the sheer deliciousness of it all. The flavour combinations were absolutely scrumptious! Dukkah was a superb touch. Other options on the menu range from brioche french toast with roasted peaches, fresh berries, orange syrup and pistachio mascarpone to potato & feta hash cakes with roasted vine tomatoes, baby spinach and herbed sour cream. Gunshop also serves up a brew by Merlo, Matthew Chi oriental teas, San Pellegrino sodas and fresh juices.
The interior is fitted out with exposed brick wall and long share tables with decor to match. Mis-matched little trinkets adorn tables along with a selection of unique artwork and frames scattered on the walls. Gunshop can also be hired as a venue for private functions with an outdoor terrace perfect for basking in the sunshine over a lazy lunch. So what’s next for this little gem? Well along with a constantly expanding menu using seasonal produce, two bee hives have been installed on the roof to produce the store’s very own honey courtesy of Bee One Third Neighbourhood Honey! How neat is that? Sustainability at it’s finest.
I highly recommend checking out Gunshop next time you are in West End looking for a little bite to eat. There is certainly a reason why this place is packed on the weekend, so get in early and why not check out the Boundary St markets at the same time. Perfect weekend activities I say!