Queen Of Pops
Queen of Pops, a cute little bolthole cafe in Clayfield is serving up a right royal treat in a very cool and unexpected way.
The latest addition to Penny and Peter Wolff's business portfolio (others include Wolff Coffee Roasters and Dandelion and Driftwood), Queen of Pops oozes street appeal. Black and white striped awnings, neon crown and signage and outdoor seating area complete the picture with white picket fence, astroturf and a basketful of throw rugs.
The real jewel in the crown here is the humble popsicle, which has been given a royal makeover and is the latest way to get your caffeine fix. Labelled the "Crown Jewels", there is a double ristretto in each caffeinated pop and royal subjects can choose from a range of coffee flavours: chai latte, flat white, cafe latte, long black, cappuccino or hot mocha.
For those looking for a caffeine free pop, there's also a hot choc option. The caffeinated pops have been 18 months in development with food scientists refining the formulation and trial runs being held at Dandelion and Driftwood. More flavours are coming soon, in time for the summer heat.
Keeping the little princes and princesses happy are majestic milkshakes and pop sodas. Pop sodas come in traditional soda flavours: lemonade, cola, creaming soda, raspberry lemonade and lime. But here's the cool twist: instead of the usual scoop of ice cream, a flavoured pop (choc, vanilla or banana) is added to the soda which is then topped with cream, a wafer, cherry and an old style straw.
The surprises don't stop there. Also being served at Queen of Pops is cold brew nitro tea and coffee. These are served on tap and both have a slight effervescence. For traditional coffee drinkers, the house blend "Royal Highness" from Wolff Coffee Roasters is available in three sizes: Royal, Queen and King.
It's counter service here, which gives customers a chance to check out the range of "supreme sweets" on offer in the cabinet. Signature gingerbreads on sticks (complete with crowns) are wrapped individually and sit nobly in pride of place at the front counter.
The food menu would make the monarchy proud with items named Prince Charming, King Bagel, Duke of Clayfield and more. Temptations include the Princess Ring which is a blueberry bagel served with house made raspberry cream cheese and lightly toasted. Or perhaps the Queen Bee - diced smoked chicken, cream cheese, aioli, spring onion and rocket on a hot pressed white sandwich. This menu will be modified seasonally, according to demand.
Penny describes the Queen of Pops as a cafe that offers beverages with light food options and efficient service. A modest description indeed, for the Queen of Pops seems to be the perfect spot to gather a few loyal subjects and hold court whilst enjoying something from a menu that's fit for a Queen.
Need to know: Queen of Pops can also be approached from Cnr Drane Street and Bayview Terrace. Check their Facebook page for occasional Sunday pop-ups.
By Sandy Ludinski
4/680 Sandgate Rd