Owned and run by Sonja and Howard Searle, Lady Marmalade Café is a real gem within Stone’s Corner.
The building itself is a Brisbane relic. Built in 1924, it was originally a national bank, but over the years has been home to a butcher shop, skate shop, record shop, general shop and a bird hospital.
The bird hospital signage is still visible on the walls, surrounded by exposed brick and granite you feel like you have stepped into a part of Brisbane’s history.
The food is every bit as rustic as the building. Served on vintage plates, each meal is made with food sourced locally.
From the sweet potato sourced in Bundaberg, to the haloumi crafted by a local cheese maker, Lady Marmalade Café tries to source local produce as often as they can. They even roast nuts and seeds in store to make their dukkah!
Even the milk menu is impressive, offering a variety of locally sourced milks to choose from when ordering your coffee.
Open for breakfast and lunch, Lady Marmalade’s menu offers a sample of interesting dishes. Spanish Eggs, the Cream Corn Waffle, Lamb Moussaka Pie, Gringo, Vegan Gumbo and Smashed Pea Pancetta are just some of the more adventurous dishes on the menu. Being your standard avo on toast kind of girl, I was a bit nervous taking this menu on.
However, the love and passion Sonja and Howard Searle have for food really shines through in their meals.
Trying a few dishes from their breakfast menu, I was honestly so impressed with the quality of the food I was eating. The presentation might be a little rough (matching the rustic feel of the building) but the taste will blow you away.
First we tried the Grilled Dog with pulled pork, onion jam, gooey cheese and nacho toppings. The grilled dog has two things in common with the traditional hot dog, the bun and the fact that it is absolutely satisfying. The pulled pork was filled with flavour. Slow roasted in Asian spices, it has a beautiful mixture of complicated flavours. This is balanced perfectly with the creaminess of the avocado and sour cream.
Coming in at $15.50, it is the perfect breakfast or lunch option that I would have never ordered. Even after I was full I kept cutting off thin slices of the Grilled Dog to sample that pulled pork again.
Next we tried The Sweet Potato Hash with smashed avocado, grilled chorizo, feta, romesco and toasted almonds. At $12.50 this brekky special has become so popular Sonja and Howard intend to put it on the every day menu.
The hash was moist having been roasted and then baked in the oven. The sweetness of the sweet potato was balanced perfectly by the saltiness of the feta. The creaminess of the avocado was complimented by the crunchy texture of the almond nuts sprinkled on top. Sprinkled with rosemary and romesco sauce, this dish was a real treat. You need to get in early to try this one, as the dish is so popular it regularly runs out.
The Sweet Potato Hash is also perfect for vegetarians, with the option to swap the grilled chorizo with haloumi.
We also sampled the Spanish Eggs and the Gringo. The Spanish Eggs consist of two free-range eggs with house beans, tomato ragu and warm toast soldiers. Yum and perfect for vegetarians.
The Gringo is two free-range eggs with a ragu of wagyu mince, chorizo and black beans topped with sour cream. This is a very heavy dish, maybe too heavy for breakfast but a perfect brunch or lunch option.
Then of course we had to sample the homemade brownies. These are gluten free and vegan, made with no eggs and no diary, but filled with melted chocolate all the way through. Absolutely divine.
Lady Marmalade Café is known for their vegan and vegetarian food, with every meal having the ability to be made vegetarian or gluten free upon request.
As well as being delicious, the food is very reasonably priced. One of the cheapest breakfasts I’ve eaten in Brisbane, I was absolutely blown away by the quality and the quantity. It is not often that you can get a meal that would satisfy you for both breakfast and lunch for around $15. The value of each meal at Lady Marmalade Café is outstanding.
And as if it could get any better, Lady Marmalade Café is dog friendly. Every puppy that visits the café is given the royal treatment, receiving a smacko on arrival and water bowel at their feet. If you are lucky a photo of your pup might even feature on Lady Marmalade’s Instagram. #puppiesofladymarmalade
Eating at Lady Marmalade Café is like eating at your favourite auntie’s house. You really feel the love. From the crochet blankets on every table, to the friendly smiles and service, to the plastic toy animal you receive upon ordering (instead of a table number), to the overly generous portion sizes, you can’t help but walk away feeling happy and full, wearing a smile on your face. It’s no wonder the locals love it.
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The Grilled Dog, Sweet Potato Hash and the homemade brownie
269 Logan Rd, Greenslopes QLD 4120
Phone - (07) 3324 2480
Mon-Sun - 7am-3pm