This week it’s about all things Vintage. Once upon a time we talked about antiques, about things being old fashioned or retro. Shabby Chic is out and Vintage is in. Here’s a week in the life of TIFFIN’s Vintage Brisbane.
Today we visit a cafe that doubles as a vintage buyer’s haven.
Vintage Kitchen & Vintage Closet is located at the very busy intersection of Creek and Cavendish Rd in Coorparoo. Located in an old hardware store, Vintage Kitchen & Vintage Closet gives you the chance to dine in funky surrounds and then buy the piece of ironic artwork you’ve been admiring on the wall, at the end of your meal. There’s an old Sega Master System on an equally old tele, a game of Hungry Hippos which really, really should be put in the farthest back corner to dull the noise and lots of bric-a-brac, clothing, accessories and ephemera at modest prices to encourage you to open your wallet again, even after the bill’s been paid.
I’ve visited on a couple of occasions including one very memorable Saturday morning in January when ex tropical cyclone Oswald descended upon Brisbane. Whilst the wind swirled outside and the rain spattered the large glass shopfront, we had two of the biggest bowls of coffee I’ve ever seen. The mega bowl ($7.50) must be at least 1/2 litre and with three shots, sure to kick start your day. Coffee is Toby’s Estate which many people think is too mild or weak. It certainly doesn’t have the strong, dark palate of some beans but is mellow and pleasant enough to drink.
Another visit saw me dining solo so I decided to have a late breakfast dish from the large menu on offer until 2pm daily. I saw several Eggs Benedict combos go past and in hindsight, I’d wished I’d ordered one of those but instead, I went for the Vegetarian Breakfast Stack ($14) w roasted pumpkin, baby spinach, fetta, avo and semi dried tomato aioli on organic sourdough.
I’d return to VK&VC for coffee again and maybe even the simpler items such as Organic Banana Bread or Ham & Cheese Croissants but I’d be wary of ordering any items with ‘unusual flourishes’.
Technically, Vintage Kitchen & Vintage Closet could fit into my Local &/or General series as I can walk there but then it would have been a lost opportunity to include it in Vintage Week, wouldn’t it?
Vintage Kitchen & Vintage Closet
313 Old Cleveland Rd
Coorparoo Qld 4151
Visited: various dates, most recently Saturday 13th July 2013 – Brunch Service