My ode to Scout shall be swift and sweet like the café itself. Its food is fun, its drinks are molten magic and the venue itself is as cosy as Yogi. It wreaks simplicity in perfection, yet the dozens of special touches apparent from entrance to exit makes Scout one of the most creative and cherished coffee spaces in little old Brisbane. It has my tick of approval, but more impressively it has my parents' – here's why.
The one thing that tends to grind my parents' gears are limited selection menus. Boutique cafes that stingingly offer a house muesli, a cryptically labeled bacon and eggs and a drink selection of lattes, Darjeeling and aqua. It's frustrating for a an excited stomach and boring for those who crave options, only to be greeted with a few passages of text on a white space dominated menu.
Scout's menu is anything but stingy, though it's margins and font size suggest otherwise. Combining cabinet specials, with a sweet selection drinks, and offering five to six fat and fabulous mains, Scout understands the balance of keeping options open, without being a whore. Its salted caramel milkshake founded the flavour craze that's been sweeping the Brisbane boutique café scene, and their strawberries and cream and chocolate ganache options are nostalgically dazzling. Their organic lemonade contains evident traces of really lemon, and their coffee is a-grade in taste and execution.
What makes Scout though is the bagels. They hold the throne as having Brisbane's best bagels, according to us, and we've never wavered in throwing this title to anyone but these craft masters. Meatloaf Monday could turn any vegetarian meat lover – well in my case it certainly did, and every other flavour combination is executed with perfect filling ratio, with the highest sourced ingredients. From truffle sopressa to white bait, with generous dashing's of aioli and relish, Scouts holds a cabinet of well sourced fillings and stuffs them in bagels with the most genius of expertise and generosity.
Scout, their shakes, and of course their bagels induce that type of food coma your mind assumes and prays can only be treated with more food. It can get dangerous, but when visiting Scout be anything but careful.