Brisbane's 'burbs continue to prove their worth as the dining scene expands from the confines of the CBD. The latest score for Bardon is Smoked Paprika, which has opened its doors on Macgregor Terrace. Sugar, spice and all things nice fill the mean all-day breakfast and lunch menus, inspired by the chef's European heritage and served with an Aussie twist.
Peruse the menu, order and pay at the counter, then dabble in a spot of people-watching while you wait for the kitchen to work their magic. A word of warning: the courtyard-style cafe is not air conditioned, so be prepared to embrace the balmy Brisbane weather.
For a small cafe, Smoked Paprika are delivering big things in the kitchen. The menu is loaded with unique dishes, and very meal that arrives on customer's tables is plated with care, flair and a subtle artistry, ensuring a perfect breakfast 'gram for your friends and followers to swoon over on their smartphones.
The Smoked Paprika breakfast ($16.90) can be thought of as a mashup of breakfast favourites, as spiced beef is served on Turkish bread with poached eggs, a creamy hollandaise, roasted tomatoes, grilled haloumi, and a handful of rocket for good measure. This signature dish proves to be a crowd favourite, with a plate adorning almost every table in sight at Sunday brunch. The whipped persian feta on sourdough ($11.90) served with avocado, lemon and house spice mix is another excellent contender if your heart and stomach desire a light but creamy, classic.
Just like the breakfast menu, the lunch offerings here don't mess around. Hearty salads, pasta and burger options are sure to satisfy your lunchtime hunger pains. And if its a thirst you seek to quench, the coffee is good, the juices are fresh and the smoothies come served in mason jars.
Catering for the suburban surrounds, Smoked Paprika is little-people friendly, offering a dedicated kids' menu. Boiled eggs with soldiers ($9.90), crepes with Nutella ($6.90) and a classic ham and cheese toastie ($6.90) are sure to keep Brisbane's little stomachs happy.