The contemporary open plan eatery with 2 level terraced deck makes the most of the stunning views across to the Howards Smith wharves, Brisbane River Walk and New Farm cliffs and is an unbeatable spot to catch some warm morning rays in winter or cool river breezes in summer.
Open for breakfast and lunch daily, and for dinner from Thursday to Saturday, the international menu (which offers both light or substantial dishes) takes its inspiration from the history of the area. The grand heritage-listed building Yungaba, which today is being converted into luxury apartments, was the first point of call for migrants from 1887 through to post World War II when it was a reception and training centre for European migrants.
Start the day with a home-made muffin or scone, Orange Sugar French Toast, Avocado Bliss (avo smash with feta and mustard cress on sourdough), Chia Porridge, Catalan Baked Eggs or the Full Brisbane River Breakfast (eggs, hinterland bacon, haloumi, avocado, field mushrooms and tomatoes cooked with garlic, olive oil and salt), accompanied by a cup of Cleanskin coffee.
Come lunch-time choose from light fare like soup or quiche of the day and paninis (also available as takeaway, medley of dips or a choice of salads such as Mixed Berry and Goats Cheese or Pulled Chicken.
In addition there’s Moussaka, Chicken and Prawn Nasi Goreng, Home Made Vegetarian Curry, or Moroccan Lamb Cous Cous.
For dinner starters include Duck Pate with Red Onion Jam, or Soup of the Night, while mains include the lunch options Moroccan Lamb and Vegetable Curry as well as Aged Rib Eye Fillet with Hand Cut Chips and Vineyard Sauce and South West Coq au Vin.
From the small dessert menu there’s coffee and chocolate profiteroles or Tiramisu based on oreo cookies.
Need to know – Medley Café & Restaurant is fully licenced, with a selection of fine wines, local and international beers and spirits. There’s a council car park on Wharf St which usually has plenty of spots otherwise there’s multi-hour metered street parking around Wharf St and down near Captain Burke Park under the bridge.
Nice to know – Medley is dog-friendly, with spots to tie up the dog outside and special designer water bowls soon to arive from Gin Gin. It’s also a great place for mums with prams to catch up, with plenty of space between tables and accessible waterfront paths leading to parking.
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