Floating tree-trunk benches, grass-covered coffee tables and baskets sprouting fresh herbs. Doesn’t that sound brill? You’ll find all that and heaps more foodie loveliness dotting the quaint home of Samson & Sophie nestled on Macquarie Street in Brisbane’s trendy suburb of Teneriffe. Run by the creative collective behind suburban gems Esher St in Tarragindi,Alcove in Wilston and Stalks and Stems in Bulimba, Samson & Sophie packs quite the punch, boasting plenty of charm, personality and a menu that will have you drooling over the coffee table.
With such high-achieving sibling cafes in the family, it’s no surprise Samson & Sophie is pumping from open to close seven days a week. With casual alfresco dining lining the street, Samson & Sophie have cleverly converted old Weber BBQ’s into wooden tables topped with astroturf. Does it get much cooler? S&S also sells a range of foodie homewares ( swoon!) deli products and fresh flowers made to order. All in all, a gem of a fit out that you would be proud to call your local!
Samson & Sophie love to use fresh Southeast Queensland produce in its food menu wherever possible reflected through the short but sweet menu. Pop by for a simple slice of cinnamon toast with seasonal fruit, local honey and toasted almonds, or sink your teeth into roast pumpkin fritters with fresh greens, honey carrots and a poached egg. The Hobby Mix House Muesli with vanilla, honey, seasonal fruit and Bahbah yoghurt promises to always be different and always delicious. On our visit and after much deliberation we went for the avo smash 1. because I am making it my mission to try every avo offering around town AND 2. you can never have too much avo. This one featured feta and local wattle seed dukka (amazing!) on organic sourdough. Ditching the knife and fork it was heaven to devour on a scorching hot day. I added thyme roasted mushrooms (yum!) to mine and my brunching partner added roasted tomatoes and one of our faves haloumi. This one is up there with the best I’ve tried that’s for sure. Beautifully presented too with a wedge of classic lemon and rocket. For lunch, the Farmers Bowl dishes up hot-buttered corn with parmesan, thyme-roasted mushroom, rocket and cherry tomatoes with organic sourdough, as well as a selection of daily cabinet wrap and sandwich specials.
Following its older sisters’ lead, the cafe pours a robust Forza coffee blend which was super tasty. A range of shakes, frappes and juices ( think pineapple, coconut and apple!) or quirky tea varieties like lavender grey, Cleopatra’s champagne or honeydew green are also on offer to wash down your flavoursome feast. I went for an iced latte with a shot of vanilla and it was served beautiful and cold in a large jar, just how I love it! It was perfect for a scorching hot day in Brisbane.
I have had Samson & Sophie on my foodie to-visit list for quite some and time it definitely lived up to the hype as an excellent relaxing brunch spot in the ‘burbs. I can’t wait to pop back for more delicious eats, hopefully next time we can nab a grass covered Weber table!