I’m embarrassed to say that after living in Brisbane all my life I’ve only just recently had my first visit to the Gunshop Cafe. I’ve always been aware of it as a fab breakfast joint but as Al and I don’t regularly go out for breakfast, it just hasn’t been on my radar.
After a business meeting at South Brisbane, Miss P and I decided to stop by for a quick bite to eat and a coffee. We were more than surprised, when presented with the menu, that Gunshop Cafe seems to be more restaurant than typical lunch cafe. Eight lunch choices and two tasting plates were on offer. Ranging in price from $22.50 for beer battered John Dory with a salad of heirloom tomatoes, capers, cos, malt vinegar and fries to $40 for the larger tasting plate consisting of wagyu meatballs, Italian sopressa salami, grilled chorizo, salsa verde and grilled sumac spiced lamb cutlets.
We were really after something light, so decided to share the tasting plate of marinated olives, wholemeal sourdough, mushroom arancini, grilled haloumi with lemon and fig, prosciutto and blue cheese $32. I apologise for the slighly blurred image. Clearly not a great photography day for me.
Gunshop has a lovely vibe and on this rainy Tuesday, it felt like we could have been lunching in Melbourne. I really loved the brick walls and the beautiful bentwood chairs. I’m a sucker for a bentwood!
Lunch was tasty, satisfying and fresh. The haloumi really well grilled and the olive oil and dukka good quality. I love the combination of fig, prosciutto and blue cheese but on this occasion the blue overpowered the delicate fig. Maybe five minutes less cooking time and they would have been more successful. I couldn’t help but notice that the table next to us were served crispy skin duck breast with mushroom risotto, goats cheese and truffle oil and the pasta dish of house-made linguini, prawns, scallops, tomato and chilli. Both dishes were large servings and nicely presented.
On investigating the Gunshop website I found they don’t show the lunch or dinner menu but they do list dessert options, the wine list and the breakfast menu. Gunshop Cafe serves Merlo coffee but on this occasion it was bland and milky. With the many boutique coffee roasters now available in Brisbane I’m surprised they don’t serve something a little more interesting. With the many recommendations I’ve received over the years, I think my next visit will be breakfast.
Monday 7am – 2pm (breakfast & lunch)
Tuesday to Saturday 7am till late (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Sunday 7am till 2.30pm (breakfast & brunch)
53 mollison street west end | 07 3844-2241 | fully licensed