Depot at West End

I love sitting in a cafe with loads of things to look at. Things that make you wonder why or things that just make you smile. Apart from great food and friendly service, Depot at West End has plenty to keep you amused.

Al and I visited with Mrs A for breakfast. The omelette with goat’s curd, mushroom, potato, fresh herbs and sourdough was huge and would easily satisfy two. The Croque Monsieur with rye, ham, Gruyere, mustard served with a garden salad was generous with filling and the toasted granola with coconut, pistachio, almond, dried fruit, fresh fruit, oats served with coconut yoghurt was healthy and tasty.

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I think Depot might be one of those places that has the ability to be many things to many people. Family friendly for breakfast, buzzing with the social lunch crowd and a magnet for all of the cool young creative types in the evening. It’s a great space.

Depot serves a seasonally inspired menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Monday – Tuesday, closed
Wednesday – Sunday, 7am – 12am

16 Horan St, West End

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Mondo Organics

Mondo Organics is high on my list of favourite Brisbane restaurants. Al and I have been visiting since 2001. The style of food, consistency, quality, value for money and attentive wait staff make it a lovely special occasion restaurant but also a perfect impromptu ‘let’s eat out tonight’ dining choice.

DSC02459The menu never disappoints, it’s exciting and clever.

To start we ordered the ciabatta bread (from Leavain) with evo ($6) and the spiced mixed quinoa falafel, black baba ganoush with raw veg salad ($16). Tasty and light, the smokey baba ganoush was the star of this dish.

I waivered over my decision for my main. It was between the leek, shiitake and oyster mushroom buckwheat tart, kale, pepitas, red onion pickle and herb marscapone ($26) or the polenta gnocchi romana, capers, pine nuts, currants, sorrel, pecorino ($26). I went with the tart which was more like a quiche. The pastry was flakey and nutty but the actual tart was too eggy for my liking. I expected a much bigger mushroom flavour.

DSC02437Al chose the pan-fried white fish, cauliflower, purple carrot, beetroot puree, samphire with tumeric vinaigrette ($36). Dish of the night. Amazing flavours, perfectly cooked fish. I had major food envy but Al did make sure I tasted all the components, separately and together. If you see a dish on a menu with samphire as one of the ingredients. Order it. Amazing! It tastes of the sea. The other highlight on this dish was the beetroot. Earthy and smooth, it was a brilliant partner to the fish.

Regardless of what else you order, you must experience the crunchy potato squares with aioli ($9). They have been a staple on the menu from the very beginning. Crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, they are moreish and a delightful take on chips.

DSC02441Dessert is always a joy at Mondo’s. We decided on meringue, salted bitter chocolate ganache, raspberry ($12) and the pear, lavender parfait, toasted brioche and activated almonds ($14).

Having never tried activated almonds, I was intrigued to taste. According to the Almond Board of Australia, “advocates of activated almonds claim that raw almonds contain certain phytochemicals that prevent your body from receiving the full benefit of the nutrients almonds contain. The activation process requires almonds to be soaked in water for a period of 12 hours. Advocates believe this deactivates the enzyme inhibitors and brings the nut to life”.

DSC02447The almonds did add a lovely roasted flavour to the subtle lavender parfait and the toasted brioche with the baby pears was a match made in heaven.

DSC02451The chocolate meringue dessert was very ‘adult’. No cloying sweetness here. Bitter and salty, just the way I like my chocolate. It was very rich and I couldn’t finish it so I’d suggest sharing this dessert with someone you love.

Mondo Organics also do a very reasonably priced tasting menu, consisting of six courses for $70 or $110 with matching wines.

As I mentioned earlier, Al and I have visited lots of times for lunch and dinner over the years but we’ve never been for breakfast. The breakfast menu looks great with lots of gluten free, diary free and wheat free options.

With so many amazing restaurants in Brisbane, it’s always tempting to try somewhere new, but sometimes you just need to go back to a favourite and sometimes only Mondo will do.

Note: please excuse the photography. Mondo Organics has very subtle and moody lighting which I love, but difficult for photography.

This is not a sponsored post. We paid for our own meal.

Breakfast: Saturday & Sunday 8.30 am – 11.30 am

Lunch: Friday to Sunday 12 pm – 3 pm

Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday 6 pm – late

Bookings: 07 3844 1132 or via our Bookings Form

Location: 166 Hardgrave Road West End

Gunshop Cafe

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 tasting plate

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)

Gunshop Cafe

53 mollison street west end | 07 3844-2241 | fully licensed