For those who have ever struggled to find a seat in shopping centre food court ( namely a city one!) will be thanking the caffeine gods for bringing them Irving Place. With the same team of coffee devotees behind sister space Gramercy just around the corner, city workers, students or anyone for that matter in need of a weekday caffeine hit are certainly spoilt for choice with this little gem sitting proudly in Wintergarden mall just off Queen Street. The set out is super clean but still friendly, with magazines and fruit bowls on the big shared table at the front, while transparent plastic chairs and sleek wooden tables occupy the back of the space. Not what you would expect to find in a shopping mall that’s for sure! Bags of specialty coffee beans, souvenir mugs and coffee-drinking paraphernalia are all also available to take home and sit adorning shelves around the space making for a super sweet and chilled out spot for any time of day.
With a nod to New York, the house blend comes courtesy of Surry Hills roastery Reuben Hills while a selection of single origins are available as espresso or filter. The line-up of brews will change often, with current offerings roasted in Portland, Proud Mary in Melbourne and Mecca in Sydney. You can also take your coffee with Cooloola pasteurised-only jersey milk, house-made almond milk or Zymil. Our cappuccino and flat white were superb and had stunning latte art as well, bravo Irving Place! Steamy Brisbane days will call for an iced coffee, cold-pressed juice or house soda and with air-con to boot, what are you waiting for? Afternoons are better at Irving Place.
With a simplistic menu focusing on beautitful produce, seasonal ingredients are sourced from local growers and producers, such as The Egg Man, Meat at Billy’s, Crust & Co Artisan Baking and Brisbane Produce Market. You can start the day with sourdough slathered in Pepe Saya butter and house-made preserve, toasted muesli with all the trimmings or for a little more substance, chow down on the popular bubble and squeak featuring pulled silverside, a fried egg, tomato relish and sourdough. We went for the avo on toast (naturally!) and I have to tell you I was B L O W N away! Irving’s avo smash is a generous serving complete with whipped feta which was perfectly creamy and parsely dukkah which added a fresh burst of flavour and added crunch. Sitting on top of artisan sourdough, drizzled with olive oil and lemon, every mouthful was heaven on earth! I really can’t describe how fantastic these ingredients were, you must go try for yourself to see what I mean. Up there with the best. Oh and can we just appreciate the brill black plate it was served on?! Stunning.
The menu and coffee selections at Irving Place are also set to change seasonally, so hopefully there’ll be plenty of new things to try and love in the coming months. If you are looking for a neat little getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city then I highly recommened Irving Place for lots of neat eats. I will certainly be back to visit Gramercy around the corner and for this amazing avo, I’m salivating already just thinking about the next time I will devour it!