Sunday, April 29, 2012

Brunch at The Daily Grind....

What happens when 12 people descend on a cafe for brunch on a Sunday when they are used to maybe tables of 2 or 4 at the most, and also staggered - well, actually they do ok!

We've intended to try the Daily Grind for a while now and this week was the week. The menu is small and limited but has a range of dishes that seemed to cater for everyone's taste.

Cafe au Lait

A couple of tables were put together and even an extra leaf in the dining room table we sat at. We ordered our food, ordered our coffee. The coffee here is great - not cheap and not included in the dishes price, but it's really good!

The food arrived more or less at the same time except for 2 dishes, but - to be honest, they did ok. The food wasn't the best looking food - but woah, the taste of it was just amazing!

I had the 'special' which was a breakfast sconewhich. It came with some potato chips and a slice of orange so I have to admit my expectations were low - then I took a bite and it just blew me away.

The Daily Grind is a place that has mix and match cutlery, plates and cups and the tables and chairs are also all un-matched and it makes the place homely and makes you feel very relaxed.

I like this place and we'll definitely be going back soon.

Have a good week, everyone.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Berryman's Pub

Ok, so it's been a while since we all went out to brunch and what a brunch to come back to - full of drama , good food, bad food, good service and tasty pulled pork bennys - OR not?

Berrymans is on Bank just south of Gladstone and it's a small sports bar that offers a limited brunch menu - one which we sampled today.

Coffee was good - big mugs and tasty.

Breakfast menu was a small one - and most items included their pulled pork, even the benny had pulled pork!

When the food came the main problem was that the 'hash' was grey in colour (a sure sign that the potato wasn't freshly grated and probably made well in advance) and mine was even raw in the middle which suggested that the potato was pre-grated and kept in small batches in a fridge!! Who does that? Berrymans!

Complaint was taken and the waitress offered replacement fries or sweet potato fries which came and were GREAT!

The hash is quite visible in the pics - it looks like a pile of undercooked onion - anyway I have to say that, for me, this was the only low point of the brunch as the pulled pork benny was superb - even the hollandaise was tasty (and it had split too!).

Some thought the pulled pork was either too spicy, too dry or just not good - I disagree as it was spicy it was a bit dry but that is what made is tasty!

One mistake (the bloody awful hash) isn't enough to not recommend this place. It's actually ok - but that hash made me shudder a bit!

The plates were not pretty. A garnish of a slice of tomato just doesn't pretty up a plate.

Service was excellent and when we lodged our complaint she was quick to resolve the issue.

My main concern is: who at Berrymans let that plate past the pass with that grey mound of crap that they called hash?

Anyway - try this place - the pulled pork IS spicy but worth a punt. Just watch out for the grey potato hash.

Until next week or the next....