Hidden food gems in Logan

Logan, south of Brisbane and north of the Gold Coast (30 minutes to each of these destinations) often gets a bashing in the media for being a less than desirable place to live or visit but if people looked a little harder they’d find some hidden gems.

Christopher’s fine food and wine is a lovely little licensed cafe hidden away in a suburban shopping centre in Daisy Hill. Operating at this venue since 1998, owner and head chef Christopher has a passion for food and friendly service. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Christopher produces honest, well priced food and decent coffee by Merlo. Whenever I’ve been in for lunch, it’s busy, so clearly he has a strong local following.

Lunch options include a range of gourmet sandwiches ranging between $10 and $13 and substantial meals like Chicken Parmegiani or The Hit Man omlette with smoked salmon, avocado and a leafy green salad. On my last visit I choose the Asian Salad with chicken (pictured below). This salad is also available with beef or duck. It’s a big serve, tasty and fresh, with plenty of cashews. Could have done with some more herbs but overall, a satisfying lunch choice.  I do remember in the past having tried the stuffed mushrooms, filled with leg ham, fresh basil and blue cheese. These were fantastic and are still on the menu.

I’ve not been here for dinner but the menu looks interesting, featuring the usual favourites of salmon, duck, chicken, eye fillet and vegetarian ravioli. For $36.95 you can have the Barramundi seafood special which comes with grilled king prawns, half baked bug in garlic butter and fresh smoked salmon, served with an avocado salad and citrus aioli sauce or maybe try the Lamb Sirloin encrusted with juniper berries, rosemary and peppercorns served with roasted Kipfler potatoes finished with an Ofe olive oil red wine jus for $34.50.

The atmosphere is pleasant and you certainly don’t feel like you are in a shopping centre cafe. Christopher has also set up a lovely wine bar and has a small menu of tapas items.

Located at the corner of Daisy Hill Rd & Allamanda Drv, Daisy Hill.

Phone: 07 3804 3800

Another hidden gem for a killer breakfast or lunch with a top-notch Segafredo coffee is Cafe Mio on the service road at Springwood. Again, hidden away, you’d miss it if you weren’t looking. This cafe has a warm Mediterranean feel. It’s been around for years and again is always busy for breakkie and lunch. Run by Angela, a lovely Italian lady, the food and coffee is consistently good. My favourite lunch is the Verdura. Roasted pumpkin, almonds and feta with lettuce on toasted ciabatta bread. This flavour combination works a treat. They also sell a range of specialty breads. Only open Monday to Friday from 7am to 3pm, this is a must visit if you happen to find yourself in Logan looking for good quality food and coffee.

Shop 3/ 3360 Pacific Hwy, Springwood

Top tips

Take the kids for a free visit to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre in Daisy Hill Forest and pop into Christopher’s for lunch.

Forget the Swedish meatballs, next time you visit IKEA, drop into Cafe Mio for some healthy lunch options and a decent coffee!

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