Driving along the beautifully tree-lined Esher Street in Tarragindi, it comes as a pleasant surprise to find a big rustic chalkboard inviting you to the local cafe/deli. As you walk in, be instantly reminded of walking into your favourite aunty's house. You know, the aunty that bakes delicious treats, pinches your cheeks until they throb with pain, has her house filled with vintage wares and has enough stock in her pantry to survive a nuclear disaster? Yes, that one!
Part deli, part cafe, part gift shop, the Italian inspired menu offers all day breakfast and made-in house cakes and biscuits. The locally roasted Veneziano coffee is hard evidence of owners who walk, talk and breathe coffee. Esher St Cafe is filled with vintage and upcycled furniture, but the real treat is sitting in the backyard booths, where you are able to really appreciate the beautiful Brisbane weather, yet somehow feel like you are soaking it in all by yourself.
After consuming a cup of their fine caffeine brew, we opted for the corn fritters and the avocado smash with haloumi. No regrets there. Perfectly cooked fritters involved a crispy exterior and a warm, fluffy interior and finished with a dollop of organic sour cream are extremely satisfying on a cold winter's morning. After deciding to test the fullness of our stomachs, we couldn't resist a slice of the cake of the day. Local baker Nikki, proves that she means business with her orange and almond cake, ridiculously moist but not overpowered with sweetness.
Making the most of local produce, there are few places in Brisbane that provide tailor made hamper service. Lucky for us, whatever your budget and/or food preferences the friendly staff here are able to put together a delicious picnic or gift hamper filled with gourmet goodies - perfect for any special occasion or a sit down feast at the many local parks. After all, as with any trip to your aunty's house, you can never walk away empty handed!