On Glenelg Street, South Brisbane; away from the bustling South Bank is a little hidden secret, The Roastery Cafe. The cafe is almost hiding, but it oozes quirky, industrial charm. I’m starting to form the belief that these particular cafes; you know the ones hiding in industrial areas are liquid gold! These ‘hidden gems’ lack pretentiousness and seem to be more humble in their service of great food and kick-ass coffee.
The Roastery Cafe is rocking it’s industrial vibe; with pendants, graffiti walls, wooden tables and an oversized glass window so you can see straight into their roastery next door. Their specialty coffee roastery, branded under Rouge Coffee has been roasting some of Brisbane’s best beans for years now. Over this past year I’ve made my way into The Roastery Cafe twice for breakfast and both times the espresso has been 10/10 and consistently delicious!!
The team at Roastery take a lot of pride in the delivery of exceptional produce and sourcing high-quality green coffee beans which they roast to perfection in store. Whilst The Roastery Cafe is off busy Cordelia St (near Musgrave Park) once you walk outside and head to the back courtyard it is easy to forget where in Brisbane you are. It is so relaxed and chilled in the courtyard; you could very easily be in your own backyard… Perfect spot for a latte and a catch up with your bestie. They even have a sustainable garden out the back; aka a herb and veggie garden; and we love that local ‘on site’ produce is being used.
Whilst The Roastery Cafe boasts perfectly delicious coffee they also have an stellar breaky menu. With crowd pleasers like the breakfast burger (think fried egg, bacon, swiss cheese, sweet baby rays BBQ on a milk bun) and le classic Avo on Rye Sourdough. They also have some ‘healthier’ options like the Chia Pancakes & the Mushroom & Kale Salad; which comes with kale, mushrooms, soy, sesame, mung beans and topped with a fried egg! #nomnomnom Both times I’ve visited The Roastery Cafe, I’ve always felt like having a bowl… the Pink Pitaya Bowl #soooogood and a very generous serving! Lots of fresh fruit, flowers and crunchy, granola. Also that watermelon quencher is the perfect Brissie pick-me up beverage.
And if you’re like me always searching for coffee after 2pm on a Sunday, The Roastery Cafe is open until 5pm!! So you can be sipping the chinos all weekend long. I also loved the friendly customer service and the cafe had a real ‘locals’ feel about the joint. And even though I had only been once before; the staff were incredibly welcoming, happy and you know what, they made me feel right at home and bit like a local myself.
We stayed out the back for a few hours, happily chatting the morning way, grazing at our food and slowly sipping on our coffees. The sun streaked through and the bright graffiti walls made us feel
like we were in a cool laneway in Melbourne. A little cafe retreat. On the way out I spied generous toasties and piles of hot chips… so I’m thinking I might need to head back into The Roastery for a lunch time treat very soon.