Fuel & Co
On Brisbane's northside in the village of Nundah, Fuel & Co. offers great food, a dash of funk, pops of color and a chilled vibe.
In a leafy Nundah street, this cafe is a stand out, with loads of street appeal. It's cute, modern and old-world like all at once and the combination is a real eye catcher. Hanging plants, sleek timber fencing and bright pops of yellow in the form of yellow wicker furniture at the entrance all tempt the passer-by to wander in. The decor here is an eclectic mix of modern, rustic, elegant and casual - something for everyone.
Choose to sit in the chilled out and leafy courtyard, on the veranda, at the timber breakfast bar (inside or street side) or inside where rustic timber tables mix with elegant seating.
Chef, Vince Moefaauo has a fine dining background, previously having owned his own cafe and working at Versace. His menu offers a wide range of options, covering breakfast, lunch, snacks and sweet treats. Using local produce and breads from Le Sebastian of West End, he produces creative, fresh and mouth watering dishes - think blueberry hot cake with pepita, maple and mascarpone, brioche French toast with grilled banana and salted caramel ice-cream or seasonal avocado on quinoa toast with dukkah.
Coffee served here is a Di Bella special blend and teas come from Tea Drop. Iced teas made with your choice of loose leaf tea are freshly brewed. Cold beverages include iced chocolate, iced coffee, milkshakes, juices and smoothies. Lactose free milk, almond milk and bonsoy are available. A "home bake table" at the front counter is laden with baked goods such as scones, slices and muffins which change daily.
Kids are welcome at Fuel & Co, which is a good thing as the cafe is opposite a local school and well supported by the school community. If the kids have pocket money burning a hole in their pocket, they can try their luck at the cafe's lucky dip. Heavenly shakes in cherry ripe, choc-peanut butter, chocolate malted, honeycomb and coconut bliss will appeal to the child in everyone. Four legged friends also have a place here, with a water bowl thoughtfully placed in a shady spot outside.
Owners of Fuel & Co, Maria Rowe and Daren McGillivray are both chefs and between them have roughly 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Call in and see what they have created at this northside cafe.
*The menu may have changed since our visit.
By Sandy Ludinski
Fuel & Co.
190 Buckland Road