California brunching at Saint Baxter | The Gourmand & Gourmet

California brunching at Saint Baxter

Taking over the space where Dell’Ugo once resided, the latest member of the Brunswick Street breakfast club could easily be missed if it weren’t for the bright neon sunset painted on its feature wall. With wide-open windows perfect for people watching and beach shack-inspired décor, St Baxter is all about carefree Californian eats with a Mexican twist. While heading out for Cali-Mex may seem like an interesting brunch choice, St Baxter’s offering is a feast of flavours without being overbearing on the palate, wallet or stomach. No typical American food at this Brisbane restaurant, instead you’ll find a menu that has something for everyone, from the decadent glutton to the fit-foodie. For starters, soda stream for breakfast is allowed, particularly when cosmopolitan flavoured and downed after a big night out with the girls. However, if a fresh juice or flavoursome Fonzie Abbott espresso is more your style, then you’ll feel right at home sipping your beverage of choice as you agonise over what to have for breakfast. The healthy at heart will drool over the quinoa, chia and amaranth porridge with rhubarb, yogurt, agave and pistachio. But for the serious Mexican munchers, you can’t beat Huevos Rancheros with black beans and pico de galo, or the roasted field mushrooms with salsa verde, sourdough and the most generous slabs of haloumi this side of Crete. For sweet tooths, the brioche French toast with maple bacon, salted caramel bananas and butter pecan ice cream will send you straight into the land of satisfying food coma. Things get even more interesting when it comes to lunch and evening eats, with a menu that features everything from Southern fried chicken wings to Crispy soft shell crab and kimchi tacos and an Angus beef burger. Cali meets Mex in some deliciously intriguing ways, like the roast suckling pig paired with tamarind caramel and the low and slow beef brisket with salsa negra and smoked onion rings. If you can’t decide, just go for the ‘Feed Me’ menu, and let the chef choose 4 courses for you. Proving that Cali-Mex fare can be enjoyed long after the ‘last drinks’ tequila shot, St Baxter’s offerings will leave you counting your blessings. They’re open Tuesday to Sunday at 639 Brunswick Street, New Farm. Words by Kat Gridley