One of my biggest bugbears with the Brisbane café scene is that there are so few local cafes that do both amazing food and true specialty coffee (if you think about it, it’s usually always one or the other, but not both). This became crystal clear to me during a recent trip to Melbourne where any number of cafes we visited nailed both.
Enter Gauge in South Brisbane, a brand new café in the flourishing Fish Lane precinct from owner Jerome - the creative genius who brought us Sourced Grocer. Obviously not one to rest on his laurels, Gauge takes it to a whole new level!
The location is pretty amazing really, directly across from the QLD Museum and the cultural heart of Brisbane. I couldn't believe my luck this morning when I scored a park on the café’s front doorstep. The fit out is killer, so fresh and clean, even the scent in the air (almost reminiscent of “new car smell”) is intoxicating. The well equipped kitchen is in full view, and the coffee bar is equally impressive with its twin Mythos Ones, EK43, custom black Linea, and a barista who most likely also works as a model :) The service is Five Star (like the house blend), and the personal touch from Jerome who was our host this morning made the experience truly memorable.
If you like big breakfasts with half a kilo of fried bacon, this is not your place. If you like incredibly complex flavours, prepared using creative and advanced techniques, then you'll love it! I tried the soft egg, cured pork cheek, confit heirloom tomatoes and traditional Icelandic yogurt called skyr. The different textures and intense flavours were amazing.
Coffee by Coffee Supreme is prepared with love, and my two double ristretto piccolos were both impressive. The first, on the house blend, came out in an espresso cup (my only minor complaint) but was clean, perhaps a fraction too intense. The second on the Colombian single was big and potent. Both were super tasty, with nice Maleny milk.
This place is already a favourite.