Thanks to the mid-sem uni break, my BFF (best foodie friend!) and I finally got around to exploring Scout yesterday and what an absolute delight it was on every level. Taking up residence in what was once an empty shell on Petrie Terrace, Scout is part café/part house and a whole lot of lovely. Serving up delicious coffee, house-made juices and a truly scrumptious rotational menu, Scout is a prime example of why I get so excited about Brisbane’s booming café scene.
From the outside, a couple of vintage chairs and table are the only indication that you have stumbled upon something seriously special. Using salvaged and recycled materials, Scout is furnished with an eclectic range of vintage knick-knacks and old school home wares all evident from the counter front to stools and benches. Seating comes in the form of individual small tables or a large communal table in the second room complete with it’s very own fireplace. It really doesn’t get much cooler (or warmer should I say?) than that. The signature Scout mascot, a cheery brown grizzly bear is also proudly displayed on the wall and the table is adorned with a sea of trinkets, board games, magazines and even the odd pineapple or two. If the window seat is more your thing, you can pull up a spot by the wide front windows to soak up some blissful morning sun but you have to be quick to nab that spot.
Scout’s menu is anything but stingy. Let’s face it. They are up to menu number nine, say no more. Combining cabinet specials, with a sweet selection of drinks and five to six fabulous options per menu, Scout understands the balance of keeping options open to diners of all palettes! Its salted caramel milkshake founded the flavour craze that’s been sweeping the Brisbane boutique café scene, and their strawberries and cream options are nostalgically dazzling. The organic lemonade even contains traces of real lemon, and their coffee is a-grade in taste and execution from New Zealand coffee roaster Coffee Supreme.
I previously read that Scout’s avo on toast offering was voted #2 in the Urban List’s top avo picks. So it was only natural that I was going to order this one to see what all the fuss was really about. Wow. I am SO glad that I did. I was greeted with a generous serving of perfectly ripe avocado mixed with just the right amount of feta cheese and a lovely hint of soft herbs. Served on top of grilled pane with rocket, lemon (I also added a serve of crisp spicy chorizo!) and THIS my friends, was out-of-this-world good. Everything just works. My brunching partner in crime opted for Scout’s famous breakfast bagel (adapted vego style!) lovingly laiden with a fried egg, house-made relish, cheddar cheese, avocado, rocket, fresh tomato and aioli which looked just as amazing.
I am so glad I have finally got around to trying Scout, its food is fun, its drinks are molten magic and the venue itself is as cosy as the big brown bear that adorns its wall. It reeks simplicity in perfection, yet the dozens of special touches apparent from entrance to exit makes Scout one of the most creative and cherished coffee spaces in little old Brisbane.