Friday

Echinda Magic Restaurant, Mt Gravatt



Not living on the south side of Brisbane, Mt Gravatt is a place I rarely visit and I'm ashamed to say I've never been to the lookout before.

Usually when I'm looking for a view of Brisbane, I head to Mount Coot-tha which is just up the road. There the kiosk has morphed into a cafe and there's also a restaurant. The views are great but it's also very crowded, sometimes with buses full of tourists.

You won't find bus loads of people at Mt Gravatt lookout but you will find great views and a children's playground that's sure to please young and old. We had a bit of fun on the moving platform after lunch but it was a challenge in high heels.

But to the food.  I was lunching with friends who were also keen to try out this new cafe/restaurant which quietly opened several months ago.It was a windy day so the only seats worth taking were the ones inside.  I could imagine on a clear winter's day the seats outside would be superb.

We chose a trio of dips and Thai-style pork bites from the appetisers menu. The dips were a nice starter at $12.50 with plenty to share between three. The pork bits, also $12.50,were three mid sized balls that lacked a real flavour. Combined with the sauce they almost worked but needed more of a lime hit.


My main was an Angel Bay beef burger $12.50.  It came with 'garden greens', tomato, cheese and smokey BBQ sauce and chippies - yay! The beef pattie had a good flavour and the overall burger was great but the slices of raw carrot were a little hard to eat in the burger.


Pinecones chose a steak sandwich, also $12.50, and said the steak was tender and well flavoured. Big Al went for Hoisin chicken and Asian greens, $19.50, which came with jasmine rice piled high.  It looked reasonable and she ate it all.  It was the most expensive item on the lunch menu.


The Merlo coffee was matched with a custard slice, which was pretty good as far as custard slices go.


The views were spectacular, right across the city and over to the sand hills of Moreton Island.  I'd love to see the city view at night.

Echidna Cafe is not open for breakfast and closes after lunch but you can still get a coffee from the kiosk.  It opens again at night when there's a different menu.

Judging by the number of people lunching during our visit, it's found an audience.

Bottom line: Value for money varies. Overall reasonable quality food but nothing out of the box. Worth a visit for the views and a simple lunch.

Echidna Magic Cafe,
Mt Gravatt Lookout,185 Shire Rd, Mt Gravatt  +61 7 3349 5198

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19 comments:

eatoutwithkids said...

Looks like a promising place to go with the offspring. Thanks for the heads up- will give it a go.
Jane.

Steph@littlepotbelly said...

Haven't been up there in ages! Looks like they spent some money doing it up...may be worth an afternoon visit for a coffee and views.

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

The view is really great and it's got a good playground. A good place to take visitors if you live southside.

Springwood Church of Christ said...

I was disappointed it wasn't open on Monday or Tuesday

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

Yes, that is a bit of a shame. Closing the cafe after lunch also means it's not an afternoon tea or breakfast destination despite the great views. An under utilised venue.

Springwood Church of Christ said...

i would definitely be there for breakfast if they were open - You would think it would be a full house on Sat and Sun breakfast

Chris Bermingham said...

There is no doubt the only way this place stays open is with government subsidy or the land was given back to its "original owners" or something along those lines.

PROS:- * One of best views in Brisbane

CONS:- * 5 legged table only had 3 adjustable feet thingie on it hence couldn't even choc it up the inches required.
* The Beef Nachos was provided WITHOUT THE BEEF and when questioned as to why, was informed they had to "downsize" their menu. No room in the fridge for mince? (Don't even get me started on the fact it was like a soup lol)
* Careless service, couldn't understand what the waitress was saying because of the mumbling.
* Have seen cleaner paper under 50 year old carpet then the paper that was called a menu (with all the manual alterations to price being done in pen, reducing carbon footprint my butt)
* Couldn't even find something that looked appealing to eat
* Not licenced

I know people will take it that I am just a whinger but feel free to go there yourself and find out. I know I wasn't the only one who felt this way because I looked around the room, there were plates of half eaten food EVERYWHERE!

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

Sounds like you got them on a very bad day...

Anonymous said...

we were thinking of going there for a birthday lunch-now I am put off!!!!!! What a pity- thought I had found a beaut place for this elderly person-the food sounds too expensive, and not so good to eat...........wat to do now.............

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

One bad experience should not rule out a cafe, but is a training centre so that means service will vary. I didn't think it was expensive when I visited - plenty of choice around $10 - $15.
Try The Cliffs Cafe at Kangaroo Point if you are after a view.

Anonymous said...

The day I went the manager Trish was screaming at a waitress by the name of Carmen we the locals have grown to love- I'm the boss not you, if you dont like it get out and threw a table she had moved in plain view of all the customers, I will never go back again and she can be the boss of nothing....nasty piece. Oh and the food is not good we went there for the view and service.

Anonymous said...

I also am disapointed with my first visit on Echidna Magic.

NO service in sight when I seated with my partner and when approached after waiting a LONG time a very unprofessional waitress appeared.

Food on the other hand was not so great and service and organisation in the restaurant was appauling.

Anonymous said...

Ok I read all the comments above and throught i will still go and see for myself. Took some kids to play in the playground and my Sister and Friend had coffee will the kids played, all going well until the kids need to go to the toilet, and quest what NO TOILET only in the restuartant which the kids were not alowwed to go because we never eat in the restuartant. So we had to either go behind tress or leave to find a toilet. Not Happy and will tell everyone I know not to go.

Anonymous said...

Okay the Public Toilets are a council issue not the restaurants, would you expect to use any other restaurants facilities if you didn't dine there !! On the day we went up we totally enjoyed the experience. We loved the dips..and I enjoyed Nachos and Hubby a steak sandwich. The staff were polite and helpful..the toilets spotless...everything spick and span. The day we went they had to stop taking customers as they were filled to capacity. Hubby is a very fussy man and yet he enjoyed himself.Ironically we are returning there today..if they are open Mondays ??

Eat, drink + be Kerry said...

They aren't open Mondays...

Anonymous said...

I am delighted this spot has been finally been developed for everyone to enjoy. Looking very forward to dining at the restaurant this weekend with our friends and taking in those magnificent views. I wish them every success & maybe with that will come longer opening hours and a license to serve alcohol. A copy of the menu would be helpful on the website.

Anonymous said...

I have just come back from a late lunch at this cafe and was very VERY disappointed! Great vies, but terrible service and horrible food. Went with my sister,mother and 3 year old niece, expecting regular cafe/small restaurant food - nothing fancy. Sister ordered a chicken and cheese toasted sandwich with chips ($8.00 or so) - the chicken was almost 80% fat - greasy, grey and fatty with the skin still on. She took it back, not really wanting to order anything else. All our drinks came out about 15 minutes after our food, only after asking! My peppermint tea was $4.50.... and this was a tea bag in scalding water!!
The staff were in training I guess (although there was nothing displayed clearly saying so), so I didn't expect perfect service, but there was so much lack of knowledge, hesitation and downright 'who cares' attitude it was laughable. There were disagreements about when to clear up the tables and chairs (while we were still eating), going on across the room, practically across our table! There was food on the floor from the last group of people to eat at our table..... apart from the lovely views, I cannot rate this place as anything above mediocre.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I were quite looking forward to going for lunch today (tuesday) so I went looking on ther internet for a timetable -none!
Were it not for the feedback comments we would have wasted our time. Just as well as it would appear the feedback on service and menu is so disappointing we will not now visit this otherwise brilliant opportunity for it's manager and staff.
Will it ever change?

Kerry Heaney said...

I'm guessing not. :(