We have Tuesday mornings off (D doesn’t have lesson while J only has tutoring in the afternoon) and so today, we decided to go for brunch at The Coffee Laboratory (TCL), where we were last September. (How time flies!)
Located in Bishop Street Kelvin Grove approximately 5 minutes north of Brisbane CBD, it was just a short 15 minutes drive from our place. 😉
Honestly, TCL doesn’t look like much from the outside but it’s “coffee paradise” on the inside because it “houses what is possibly Australia’s most comprehensive collection of antique coffee roasting equipment” (The Coffee Laboratory).
We didn’t notice this the last time ’round but this is an interesting “logo”:
Not the smudges of course, but the “stain from a coffee cup”.
Unlike our previous visit, we decided to sit at the “front” of the café this time ’round:
The lady at the counter, who we think is the lady boss, is a really smiley/cheery lady who was warm and offered great service:
We saw for ourselves how conscientious the lady boss is – besides taking orders, she was also preparing some of the patrons’ food:
Doesn’t it look so warm and cosy?
There’s a set of newspaper on every table – good for patrons to while away their waiting time. 😉
The lady boss is really always smiley (of course you may wonder how is it that people in service line can be grouchy, then you haven’t been to some cafés in Singapore! 😐 ):
This is a “museum” of antique coffee roasting equipment; maybe that’s why it’s named a “laboratory”. 😉
We’d chill on these couches if we were here in a big group!
Interesting vintage décor:
TCL has a daily special menu:
Pretty good value!
In addition, TCL uses free-range eggs and their sides are pretty cheap!
D’s iced coffee and J’s iced latte:
Our coffee may have been bitter but they left a sweet after-taste. They were also full-bodied, feeling thick in our mouths. 😉
J is now a coffee convert – she used to drink coffee with sugar but now drinks coffee as it is, though she still likes her coffee with milk (which isn’t how D likes it).
J’s Mediterranean Melt (roast chicken breast, olives, capsicum, sun dried tomato, basil pesto and onion toasted on turkish bread):
The chicken breast was juicy and the mix of vegetables fit in well with each other.
Only $10.90 and quite filling for J!
D’s Coffee Lab Breakfast (eggs, sausage, bacon, baked beans, grilled tomatoes and hash brown served with toast):
Quite a spread for only $12.90, D thought he made a pretty good choice.
J did wonder it such a ‘double-walled cup’ worked to keep our drink cold:
It did, our coffee was cold and the ice didn’t melt too quickly. 😉
We’ve only been to TCL for brunch and were introduced to their Thursday Night ‘special’ today:
D tried their Korean barbie the last time ’round and it was pretty good, so we’ll be back to try this out some time soon. 🙂
The Coffee Laboratory
29 Bishop St
Tel: +61 (07) 3108 8574
Hours of Business: Mondays to Fridays – 6 am to 3 pm
Saturdays – 8 am to 1 pm
Sundays – Closed