You’ve heard me complain often enough about crowds and queuing and parking and all the things that come with trying to enjoy breakfast at a café on the weekend. I have previously suggested that one solution is to get up early but I find that a rather extreme measure. An alternative is to take some time off and visit venues on a weekday. This is exactly what Mr Tiffin and I have done. Get ready for a series of breakfast posts…
Deedot sits in quite possibly one of the most unattractive buildings in Brisbane. Hacienda styling in downtown Holland Park. I really can’t believe this was actually fashionable, even when it was built. But, I bet it was cheap! The point is, you can’t judge a book by its stucco rendering and brown tiling. Deedot Coffee House has a relaxed atmosphere, friendly and efficient staff and a breakfast menu that goes beyond Eggs Benny (though they are available too).
Working 9 – 5
Water is delivered to the table as you peruse the menu and when ready, order at the counter. Tempted as I was by the Ricotta Stuffed French Toast, it was a tad too early for a side of ice cream so I went the savoury route with Corn & Coriander Fritters with poached egg, zesty herb salad and smashed avocado. Anthony ordered Eggs Istanbul with avocado labneh on Turkish toast, topped with eggs and a house made harissa. The café was busy for a Tuesday morning and led to a short table discussion about the transient nature of work and how there are not many true 9 – 5 jobs anymore. Thankfully we were saved from our own musings by the very prompt delivery of our breakfast, not more than ten minutes after ordering.
Corn fritters are tricky things. They can be too thick and stodgy or at other times fried to a cinder. These fritters were definitely on the pancake side of the ledger but were thin enough not to have steamed into a soggy mess. The serve of avocado and zesty salad was very generous so with the eggs, the meal was large enough to keep me going until mid afternoon. Mr Tiffin could feel the zing rather than burn of the harissa so his delicate sensibilities remained in tact. The earthy dukkah sprinkled over his dish gave a nice crunch and added to the Middle Eastern theme. Wedges of lemon on both plates were a nice touch and showed some extra attention to detail.
A Feeling Woolly blend coffee from local roasters Black Sheep rounded out the order. Well rounded, smooth and delicate, it was a good blend to enjoy when eating a meal as it didn’t dominate. I have enjoyed Black Sheep coffee previously and wonder why we don’t see more of it around. The Brisbane coffee market is dominated by two national biggies who just both happened to have got their start in Brisbane. Nice to see a new lamb on the block and well done Deedot for stocking it. There’s also a cold drip going.
My meal with one egg and a cup of coffee was a shade under $20. Mr Tiffin’s larger breakfast (no drink) was also $20. Dining is outdoors, under the arches of the hacienda and adjoining umbrellas. You need to consider whether this suits you if the weather is warm or wet (or both, as it was on the day we visited). A breakfast well worth taking the day off for.
Visited: Tuesday 7th March 2016 – Breakfast Service
Deedot Coffee House
973 Logan Rd
Holland Park Qld 4121