Gia whizz! Café Gia arrives on the north side | Gourmand and Gourmet

Gia whizz! Café Gia arrives on the north side

Once only known for its golf course and the RBWH, Herston is stepping out of the shadows of its Newstead and Bowen Hills siblings to prove itself as a foodie suburb in its own right – even more so now that the Gambaros are involved! Housed in an old general store that has been transformed into an airy, relaxed café, Cafe Gia is a friendly new suburban eatery with Gina, Isabella and Alessandra Gambaro at the helm. You know a menu is destined to succeed with the reputation of Brisbane restaurant royalty behind it! Proving that this family is no one trick wonder with seafood and steak, the team have nailed a friendly neighbourhood style cafe menu with surprisingly bold flavours. cafe gia 2 After a brekky roll? Try a meatball panini with Napoli sauce and mozzarella. Craving some oats? Try the bircher with quinoa flakes, apple and pepita seeds. Like shakshuka? Try your baked eggs Italian style! They wouldn’t be a Brisbane cafe without the staples, and avocado smash with feta and lemon, zucchini and corn fritters, eggs your way and a big breakfast are all on offer. Our pick though was the sautéed mushrooms with spinach, haloumi and freshly made pesto on sourdough (with added poached eggs of course). An absolute knock out dish, it’s like basil and pine nuts threw a party on your palate and everyone’s invited. cafe gia no 3 If you’re just dropping by for a coffee, you’ll be hard pressed to resist the cabinet of baked goodies that awaits you, from muffins and frittatas, to brownie sandwiches and Nutella crostata. Yes, that’s correct, brownie sandwiches and Nutella crostata. You’re welcome. Cafe Gia – proof that simple ingredients make for amazing food when cooked with passion by seasoned pros. Mangia! You’ll find them at 132 Butterfield Street, Herston, open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch. Words by Kat Gridley