If homely European food is your thing take a trip up the narrow wooden staircase behind the main dining room at Pearl Cafe and you’ll find one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets. Diners gather around the dimly lit main island (which is used for prep during the day) on stools or on the expansive zinc dining table in the roast room. There are no menus so be prepared to put your trust in the chefs as they serve up slow roasts of suckling pig or lamb for everyone to share. French Camembert from Normandy or a slice of Pablo Tordesillas’s (Ortiga) Sobrasada spread over crusty pieces of Levain baguette are on offer to start on the night of our visit. The wine list covers all bases offering reds, whites and rose’s from Australia and New Zealand with a healthy dose of the old world, classic cocktails and import beers are also available.
As we finish the cheese and curados the rich aroma of roasting meat fills the room as the chef peeled back the foil from the baking tray revealing main course, slow roasted Free range Milly Hill lamb with heirloom tomato casundi and shaved fennel. Accompaniments of spiced labna and segmented mandarin pieces add freshness and punch. The lamb shoulder is perfectly cooked and rested, moist and juicy on the inside with a spectacular crunchy outside. We washed the main down with a glass of Luke Lambert Syrah, Yarra Valley, VIC expertly matched by our waiter Philip. We shared a generous slice of ginger layer cake served with fresh berries and whipped cream. Pearl’s pastry chef Jane has a bit of a reputation around town and its no wonder why. Her cakes are superb!
The Servery is ahead of the curve approach to dining and is a breath of fresh air for Brisbane. The food is honest, delicious and affordable and the atmosphere is cosy and home grown. Prices are capped at $35/ head for starters and a share in the main roast. The large dining area would be a great spot for dinner party seating up to 16 people. So whether you’re on a quiet date or with a larger group of friends The Servery has got you covered.
28 Logan Road Woolloongabba T: 3392 3300