I’m not one to spend hours upon hours shopping but I might be persuaded to shop a little longer if I get to have a sit down and some decent (non food-court) food as a reward for stomping the carpet floors at Westfield Carindale.
Christmas shopping was my mission but really it was just an excuse to check out Carindales newest food offering, Gallery One. It’s slick with a black and silver fit-out and cheeky chairs that will make you smile or frown, depending on your feelings about a certain body part which we sit on. A smartly dressed waiter showed me to a table and presented me with a small black menu. It was only 10am so I ordered a coffee and went to investigate the line up of petite dessert options, beautifully presented and on display for all to see. The orange and almond cake stood up and begged me to to rescue it from it’s friends, the walnut and carrot genoise, the pistachio cheesecake and several other delightful sweet treats.
The coffee was ok, a mild blend, I suspect it was chosen to neither offend or excite customers. The orange and almond cake served with a vanilla cream and sitting on a chocolate base was so pretty, it was a shame to disturb it. It tasted exactly like orange and almond and for $7.50 I thought it was reasonable value.
Breakfast is served from 8am until 11.30 am. The older lady sitting at the table next to me had pumpkin scones with passionfruit butter. Three plump scones with butter and cream for $11.50. I wanted to take a photo but my shyness got the better of me.
The lunch/dinner menu is Italian with interesting salads, pizzas, antipasti and pastas including; gnocchi with confit duck, forest mushroom and parmesan cream or pappardelle with chicken, tarragon, truffle and walnut mascarpone. Gallery One also has a decent size cocktail and wine list for those that have time for a leisurely lunch. The credit card might get a decent work-out after a few glasses of wine with lunch!
It’s an interesting concept for a shopping centre. I think it’ll do really well catering for the ladies who lunch (and shop).
Gallery One is open for breakfast and lunch Monday to Sunday with dinner on a Thursday night until 9pm. Not open on Fridays.
Phone: 3843 3566
Oh and for those of you interested. Christmas shopping did not go so well. I think next time I’ll be making a list and having wine with lunch!