Don’t judge me when I say today was my first trip to what some may call a Brissy go-to local, Brew. It’s not that I didn’t know it existed. It’s just I never venture down that way although I walk past it quite a lot. My BFF always mentions it, how great it is for tapas and chill afternoon drinks so today was the day. After a solid movie sesh brunch was definitely in order.
Now like most laneway spaces and cafés for that matter, the real beauty lies in what is hidden discretely in the depths of a little street, nook or cranny. Brew is no different. From the outside all you can see apart from the Brew graffiti-style signage. a few tables and chairs at the end of Lower Burnett Lane in the CBD with a cute coffee cart, astroturf and some sweet little potted plants. Yet when you turn the corner, low and behold a whole new dining experience. Enter a creatives paradise. With spaces to sit and relax, work or even listen to some live tunes, you would not imagine that a couple of breakfast-style bars and share benches, number of couches and tables to boot would all fit in such a space.
Laden with trinkets, flowers in vases, hanging lights and vintage music propaganda, this place screams cool on every level. We were lucky enough to score a table inside, as we perused the menu for some delicious eats. As always there were too many choices but we couldn’t go past the Haloumi bagel, which was filled lavishly with perfectly grilled haloumi, fresh tomato, a mouth-watering basil pesto, aioli and rocket. All of my favourite things in one soft little toasted ring of dough. Heaven on a plate! It was perfectly cooked and assembled, served up on cute little tin plates. If only the lighting was brighter for my photo but I assure you the ambiance only adds to the charm.
Of course we can’t do brunch without a cup of the good stuff and Brew brews a mighty good brew (ironic?) using Louie Louie beans. The house blend is a selection of specialty grade Central and Southern American coffee with a smooth bold and spicy finish and clean chocolate and caramel undertones all crafted in a shiny La Mazzacco FB80 machine.
At night Brew is the perfect hang-out for some casual drinks, tapas and share plates. On most occasions you’ll also likely find some local talent strumming some sweet tunes.
Brew is a fave with Brisbanites for a reason, it’s the perfect little escape from the daily grind for some neat eats in a relaxed and vibrant setting.
I’ll certainly be back very soon, love your work Brew!