Looking for the perfect way to spend a few hours on the weekend, and get out of this crazy Summer heat while also having a culturally enriching experience at the same time? Go no further than the Queensland Art Gallery / QAGOMA at Southbank.
Once you’re done roaming the halls, discovering new rooms, appreciating Indigenous & Contemporary Art & gazing at a few classics, you will no doubt have built up quite the appetite. We’ve found the perfect getaway for you to enjoy a casual & relaxing lunch. Situated on the Watermall level, the QAG Café is a hidden gem inside the huge gallery. The tranquility and abundance of the water is a constant reminder that you are in fact in our lovely river city.
There is plenty of seating variety at QAG café, with two dining options; inside in the air-con or alfresco dining under the shade of a huge tree and overlooking the gallery’s water features. The smaller tables outside were filled with couples and young families all enjoying our Brisbane sunshine. I loved the black chairs and white tables; classic colours which complimented the flowing water features.
If you truly need to escape the summer heat then head inside where the air-conditioning is pumping and you can graze on food under the huge mural. With all the grandeur inside the gallery, it was refreshing to enter a classic café space built by Quadric Interiors. The Bentwood chairs clashed against the minimalist concrete floor and created perfect balance and harmony in the space. It was the perfect spot to sit and reflect on the art we had viewed that morning.
The QAG café had friendly counter service and the espresso was on point too. This visit we tried the Honey Baked Pumpkin salad with giant cous cous, parsley puree, rocket, feta and pine nuts, along with the smashed avocado on Turkish bread, with sumac, watercress and smoked labneh. We also couldn’t go past the chunky chips with aioli. Hot chips and aioli on the side of anything is always a winner!
Other salads included a fried cauliflower salad and a roasted beetroot salad. Also on the menu were smoked salmon sandwiches and the classic ‘toastie’ sandwich. There is also a kid’s meal for only $10, with the maximum cost for any meal only $15. All meals complemented each other perfectly in a shared table arrangement, but equally worked if you are on your own or just with a smaller group. QAG café’s menu also included gluten free and vegan options.
They change the options of the sweets/cakes each day and whilst I didn’t get to try the apple pie (way too full from my hot chips), I watched a couple devour a piece and the pastry looked so buttery and delicious. Next time I might have to go back for a piece of pie and an another espresso.
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