Hansell & Gretel
Hansell & Gretel Espresso and Breakfast Bar is arguably one of the best breakfast cafes in Brisbane's north: an arty little foodie's den found nestled in a 1970s shopping strip just off Samford Rd.
Inside the creativity of the owners permeates everything from the funky collage feature wall by the owner's wife, the chef's stencil art over the kitchen and the owner's eclectic teapot collection through to the inspired menu that derives from round the world cuisines.
House specialties include Devilish Eggs (poached egg, baked tomato, Turkish, haloumi, and balsamic glaze), Banoffee-Waffee (waffles done banoffee style with salted caramel sauce, butter braised banana and vanilla ice-cream) or Huevos al Horno (house made tomato ragu, Aussie Jack cheese, fried egg, cheese kransky and chimichurri) in a clay pot.
Otherwise for those who like to create their own, there's a whole build your own breakfast page which starts with the basic 2 free range eggs and Turkish toast and travels the world in search of extras – Nordic Smoked Salmon, Cho Choo Chili, Chimichurri from Argentina, Cheese Kransky, Popcorn Chicken, Bacon or Peas'n'Mint Smash to name a few.
While the all day breakfast takes centre stage here, there's also a small range of burgers and sandwiches – Steak & Philly or the Bogan Burger, a mullet-raising combo of fried egg, cheese, BBQ sauce and smoked paprika aioli on a bun - and other delights such as barramundi Spring Rolls and Chicken Taco salad. In the counter are daily made sandwiches on toasted Turkish and a delicious range of fresh baked sweet stuff such as Turkish Delight muffins, croissants and Cherry Ripe quinoa pudding.
In-house coffee is Genovese (go double shot if you like a good caffeine hit) or try one of the quirky old skool cappuccinos which come as Jaffa, mocha or nutta-cino, or a traditional Vietnamese espresso.
Need to know: there's limited drive-up parking out front. Inside a book shelf has magazines to browse and a smattering of children's story and colouring books.
Hansell and Gretel
Espresso & Breakfast Bar
2/281 Pickering St
0411 685 340