Thursday, 1 September 2016

The Priory - Woollongabba

For those who have kept up with foodie news of late, you would be aware of the recent developments in Trafalgar Lane, situated adjacent to the Gabba, it has become a somewhat new foodie laneway, under a newly developed apartment block. Some of my readers would remember that the place that started my brunch fascination was Pablo at New Farm, and having heard that they opened a second store at Trafalgar Lane, we thought it would be a good opportunity to stop by and try out their brunch options.

We found street parking easily, but then found that they actually had undercover parking, which was good to know for next time. 

We arrived at around 10am to the cafe almost at capacity, and were given a seat next to the window. This appeared to be a great idea to soak up the sun on the cold winter's morning, but we were soon slightly dizzy from too much sun, and managed to get a seat in the shade.

The breakfast menu consisted of one page, which covered a variety of both sweet and savoury, light and heavy options. 

After our relocation, we were situated near the kitchen window, and got to drool over watch the food as it came out.

Water and cutlery were soon provided. I note the waitresses were very attentive throughout our meal in refilling our glass, which was greatly appreciated.

As my readers would have expected by now, I got a cappuccino whilst my companion got the iced coffee.


My cappuccino was on the smaller end, but still very rich in flavour and strong but not burnt. My companion though, noted that of late, the iced coffees he had ordered had come without ice cream, which was very milky and smooth, but could be a little stronger.

After the greater part of an hour, our food came. My companion and I shared our two meals, which comprised of the savoury mince with a side of haloumi, and an eggs priory with extra bacon. Despite being a little annoyed with the wait, the food turned out to be well worth it.

The savoury mince was served with chopped up bacon speck, chorizo, cherry tomato and baby spinach, with a dollop of cream fraiche in the centre, sourdough and a fried egg on the side. My companion noted that the savoury mince was almost just like a bolognaise sauce, with less of an emphasis on the tomato side of things. The serving portions were massive, and I really enjoyed the mince, which was comforting and homey, with just the right amount of meatiness and sauciness. The sourdough was nicely toasted with a crispy exterior and soft interior, but I was a little disappointed in the yolk of the egg having been broken upon serving. The haloumi though was also fried with a nice crispy exterior and a warm soft interior.

Our other dish was the eggs priory, which had two poached eggs, baked christmas ham, watercress, radish and hollondaise served on top of two little herbed muffins. We had them with a side serve of bacon. Despite my initial hesitation about having muffins for breakfast, it was surprisingly mild in taste, with a slight tang from some added fruit peel. Aside from the slightly odd muffins, I found all other elements of the dish to be near perfect. The eggs were just the right texture, the sauce was super creamy but flavoursome, the ham was moist and soft whilst retaining its meatiness, and the bacon was perfectly crispy. My companion and I both loved this dish.

Price Range: $15 - $25pp

Taste: 9/10
Value: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Environment: 9/10

The Priory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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