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King Arthur Cafe

A contemporary cafe deserving of a crown.
By Alice Jeffery
April 30, 2015
By Alice Jeffery
April 30, 2015

King Arthur is the latest offering from the team behind much-loved Merriweather Cafe in South Brisbane and is already proving to be a new crowd favourite. The digs are tucked away on Arthur Street, a mere stone's throw from the bustle of James Street. Upon entering you'll be met with the delights of the day as the beautifully tiled counter is brimming with fresh bread (baked by Sprout Artisan Bakery) alongside homemade pastries and cakes. Grab a flaky croissant and a cup of Coffee Supreme brew to go, or take a seat for breakfast, brunch or lunch any day of the week.

The split-level dining space not only creates more room to chew, but the loft exudes an effortless cool and relaxed atmosphere. Minimalist tables and bench seating is available alongside a majestic wooden table — perfect for large groups or engaging in communal dining.

Following in the footsteps of Merriweather, the philosophy behind the food is grounded in using local, sustainable and seasonal produce to create inspired dishes. The menu is simple yet refreshing, with some surprisingly delightful offerings listed. While our old friend avocado (served on rye with bay leaf ricotta and pistachio, $14) makes an appearance on the menu, the kitchen takes a decisive step out of the box to present creatively engineered and perfectly plated fare — and we thank them for it.

The quinoa and chai porridge ($13) is juusttttt right. The bowl of superfood goodness is served with fresh figs and cocoa nib gingerbread. This dish is something Goldilocks would be fond of, and if we had our way, we would eat it every autumn morning. A feast for the eyes and the stomach, the sourdough crumpets with rhubarb and honeycomb crumble ($14) left us speechless. The texture and the tang create an undeniably excellent dish.

The inventive nature of the menu truly shines when you look to the savoury side. Local slow-cooked goat, charcoal pilchards (i.e. sardines) and fried duck egg are the main players when it comes to proteins. We believe if you expect the unexpected, you are sure to be satisfied, and you'll be left wanting more — we sure are!

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