Last week, myself and fellow bloggers Rachi and Giulia headed to Brisbane for the annual Eat Drink Blog conference. On the day we arrived in sunny Brisbane, we were all keen to head for a nice breakfast. We met up with Aga, another blogger, for coffee at John Mills Himself. Once we had gotten our caffeine hit, we asked Aga where we could get an amazing breakfast. She quickly replied that her current favourite is Shouk Café in Paddington, so the four of us hopped into a taxi and made our way there.
When we arrived, we were seated in the area out the back of the restaurant, which looks out over a hilly suburbia view. Shouk Café is a modern middle-eastern influenced café that has a variety of unique dishes on the menu, which includes polish and modern Australian influences.
I ordered a second coffee and it was strong but smooth. For my breakfast, I ordered the Eggs Benedict, which I know was a boring choice in comparison to the exciting options on the menu however I just felt like something simple (seeing as though we had a big lunch planned a few hours later!).
At Shouk Café, the Eggs Benedict ($17) comes with either smoked salmon or maple bacon (I chose bacon) on toasted challah with sumac peppered hollandaise and garlic butter braised kale. This was definitely the best version of Eggs Benedict I’ve had – the sumac within the hollandaise made it quite citrusy in flavour. When paired with the maple bacon and toasted challah (Jewish braided bread that reminded me of brioche), the array of flavours and textures was fantastic. I was in foodie heaven!
Both Rachi and Giulia ordered the Latke stack ($16), which was a Polish potato pancake stack with smoked salmon or leg ham, crème fraîche, dill and pickled red onions.
Rachi chose the smoked salmon, whereas Giulia chose the leg ham. Both had no complaints and the overall consensus from the four of us said that the food at Shouk Café was amazing.
Aga ordered the Goats Milk Date Panna Cotta ($15), which consisted of lightly sweetened goats milk and date panna cotta with pistachio, seasonal fruits and a kataifi pastry nest. This dish looked so pretty and delicate, with Aga giving it a positive review also.
Shouk Café is open for breakfast and lunch 7 days a week and is also open for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights (with BYO available). The dinner menu looks fantastic as well, and the next time I’m in Brisbane, I’ll definitely be making a return visit to try their felafel Tacos or their chicken schwarma (a favourite of mine from the Middle East).