“You eat out a lot darling. Why don’t you write about some of these places?” My mum, circa a few weeks ago. Either this was her polite way of telling me that I was not going to fit into my jeans soon or she had a point. I love food (think Remy from Ratatouille) – eating, photographing and drooling over food photos on Instagram. Checking out new places to eat has become a great way for me to discover Brisbane and its food burbs. So here goes…
We found ourselves on the southside a few weekends ago so I made a beeline for Billy Kart Kitchen which I’d been wanting to try out for a while. Housed in what was an old corner store in Annerley, Billy Kart’s interior is all dark wooden floors, grey walls and lime green accents with retro lights and decor. And packed to the rafters with weekend breakfast addicts like us. It was very reminiscent of Bill’s in Surrey Hills (one of my favourite places in Sydney) so I was looking forward to seeing what was on offer.
We were seated quite quickly by the window and pondered the menu over our Campos coffee (which incidentally was made better than at Campos itself). Owners Dee and Ben O’Donoghue (of Surfing the Menu fame) have created a menu based on local and seasonal produce and it all looked delicious. The boy settled for eggs on sourdough with smoked salmon which were by all accounts, pretty standard fare. I on the other hand couldn’t say no to the ricotta hotcakes but I was a bit disappointed with my dish. The hotcakes were dense even though the coconut caramel sauce and bananas were heavenly.
Based on what I had seen and read, I had really high expectations for BKK. Its a very trendy little cafe with a cool vibe. I love the interior. The coffee was brilliant. However for me, the food was only average. Its also very noisy inside which makes it hard to have a conversation with your dining companions. I’ve been there twice now and have been underwhelmed on both occasions.
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