I’m alive. I survived Semester 1 of Honours. In celebration of doing next to nothing today, here are my promised recollections of brunch at Jacu Espresso located in charming Norman Park.
Jacu is a bright little oasis on the side of an otherwise busy main road south of our river city. As I rarely venture to this side of town, I was completely aware that such a gem existed in the ‘burbs. Prepare to be amazed.
Complete with astroturf, recycled benches and tables, and huge, bright windows, Jacu is a simple little cafe that from the outset you would surely miss if you blink. The shop fit out branches outside with a few little stools on the sidewalk to bask in the sunlight whilst inside a large dining table is situated in the middle of the space, with smaller tables lining the walls and a inviting patterned couch. Fresh flowers and little plants in glass jars adorn the tables, while cutlery is held in the sweetest vintage tomato tins. An interesting assortment of wall art that makes the space full of charm and oozes cuteness.
When it comes to brunch, simple is what you will find at Jacu. Both the coffee and food stand on their own and do not need to be dowsed in a theme or scattered with miscellaneous paraphernalia to be anything but exceptional.
The menu is super impressive and ticks all the boxes on my (unofficial) brunch check-list. The all-day breakfast menu is adorned with creative items such as cinnamon french toast with whipped ricotta, vanilla poached blackberries and toasted coconut, to Tasmanian smoked salmon, poached eggs, horseradish puree, parsley, fennel and toasted rye bread. Have I got your attention yet? There really is something for everyone, whether you are an avo aficionado or simply mad for muesli!
After quite a while contemplating the menu and coming to terms with what a great place we had found, I opted for the thyme-roasted field mushrooms served with a butternut pumpkin puree, basil and sheep’s cheese on sourdough toast which was a combination of ALL of my favourite things on the one plate. Simply delightful. My brunching partners went for the smashed avocado board which was bursting with colour and the B.R.A.T, a mouthwatering toasted sandwich filled with free-range bacon, rocket aioli, fresh tomato and a fried egg. Mmmmm. Serious food envy across the table, it was all so good! An assortment of baked goods are also available for a lighter option or a quick takeaway treat.
Of course after an intense study session, we needed caffeine and the friendly baristas were more than happy to foodie chat with us while making an exceptional brew with the perfect crema topped artwork. These guys know a thing or two about coffee just quietly. So impressed! The adorable baby blue and orange cups and saucers also make this brew 10x sweeter.
There really isn’t much to say about Jacu that cannot be explained through the word, wow. The staff are super friendly, the food is beyond amazing and the prices are very reasonable for wonderful quality produce.
Branch out from your usual brunch spot and get on over to Jacu Espresso before the whole of Brisbane finds out just how good this place is. It’s worth the journey and if I lived in the area it would be my local go-to hang out. Study sessions on the south-side never looked tastier!