I have always wanted to visit Desmond and Molly Jones in the Gabba, but have never had a reason to stop there until recently when we were at the Mater. My first outing from hospital (and first non-hospital food for a week) was to this cafe and we really enjoyed it.
First impressions were very positive with a retro industrial vibe and a warm welcome from the owner. Coffee is Di Bella which is not usually one of our favourites, but it was well made and we both enjoyed our Short Black ( for Sime – always has an espresso so he can really taste the flavour of the coffee and see how well it’s made) and Latte for me.
Evidently feeding two babies makes one quite hungry, so I opted for the fresh made White Chocolate, Strawberry and Almond Muffin ($5). This was served with a side of pouring cream – decadent but amazing. The texture of the muffin was great, the almond meal and almonds made it crunchy and buttery on the outside and soft on the inside. The strawberries and white chocolate might sound rich but were perfect together (sorry about the photo, I started tucking in…).
Sime ordered the Sicilian Sausage Roll, which the owner told us would be fresh from the oven in 5 minutes (fresh from the oven!? yes please!). Sime said it was worth waiting for – delicious spiced pork with peas, fennel seeds sprinkled on top and a home made tomato napoli style sauce ($9.5).
The cafe itself has some more table space if you walk down the corridor, it’s in an old building so has beautiful high ceilings, wooden floors and a lovely ambience with a couple of separate smaller rooms to choose from. There is also an area with a skylight between the front and back of the cafe which you can’t sit in but is lovely to walk through.
So overall, a great experience. The menu isn’t huge but what they are offering is high quality and the owner knows his coffee (he and Sime had a long coffee nerdy type discussion I half overheard as I was relishing my snack) – we’d recommend a visit.
615 Stanley Street (07) 3162 5797